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For Immediate Release

Employment Services Expanding to Steuben, DeKalb Counties

Easterseals Arc will Co-Locate with RISE Inc.

Fort Wayne, Indiana, December 19, 2019

Media Contact:
Janet Schutte
jschutte@esarc,org
260.456.4534 ext. 344

Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana will begin offering Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Steuben and DeKalb counties in January 2020 and enter a co-location agreement with RISE Inc.

Logo for RISE Inc.Easterseals Arc will use workspace at RISE’s Angola facility, and two current RISE employment services staff members will join the Easterseals Arc team as RISE phases out its Vocational Rehabilitation program to focus on other vital offerings such as residential services and day programs.

“I am confident Easterseals Arc will serve our community well, delivering quality services to both individuals and employers,” said Chris Stackhouse, RISE executive director. “They have a record of success in the Fort Wayne area and the expertise to develop an inclusive employment culture in Steuben and DeKalb counties.”

Easterseals Arc and RISE will work with Vocational Rehabilitation Services to ensure a smooth transition is in place for all clients currently receiving employment services through RISE.
“We hope that RISE clients will choose to continue their employment efforts with Easterseals Arc, and welcoming RISE staff to our team is one way to help smooth that transition,” said Donna Elbrecht, Easterseals

Arc president and CEO. “Our goal is to build on what RISE has accomplished to take employment for people with disabilities to the next level in Steuben and DeKalb counties.”

Vocational Rehabilitation Services help individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain and retain employment. Services include skills assessments, job readiness training, work experiences, job placements, on-the-job supports and other services to help ensure that individuals succeed in the workplace.

About RISE Inc.

RISE Inc. compassionately partners with families and individuals facing economic, physical, and developmental challenges by providing personalized services and advocacy for independence, quality of life, and hope.

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