Join us for Transformation-at-a-Glance at Koinonia Enterprises to learn more about how we are implementing innovative day programming strategies to pave the way to community employment. The event will be held April 3rd 10:00am – 12:00pm at 1200 Resource Drive, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131. Come experience a mock job fair, participate in practice interview sessions, or see some vocational path to employment assessments. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit with local volunteer businesses, or stop in one of our creative vocational labs.  We will also be making a brief presentation to go over our Day Programming service model which includes setting up volunteer sites, some historical program stats, and finally how we work closely with ICF and more complex individuals on their path to employment. By implementing some of these forward thinking vocational concepts and modules at your organization, you can promote a smoother transition and a more prepared individual on their path out of day programming and into competitive community employment. Please sign up for the event at the link below. Accommodations are limited, so reservations are taken on a first-come first-serve basis.

Provider Agencies throughout Ohio are opening doors from March 5 – April 13th to share best practices with each other that they have used to achieve Ohio Employment First goals and objectives. Each of the sites participating has been identified as excellent in one of five target areas in the systems change process. The five target areas include assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and service innovation. Koinonia is being recognized for our implementation through our staff by providing community-based supports that create positive outcomes. Koinonia may be excellent in one category but there is a lot to learn from other provider sites that are more proficient in other areas. “We are not competitors, we are collaborators,” stated Jason Dresden, Manager of Workforce Development for Koinonia.

Ohio created its Employment First Initiative in March 2012, after the State Employment Leadership Network’s Findings and Observations Report of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities system. The launch called for agencies from the Ohio Departments of Education, Medicaid Job and Family Services, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, to partner to develop a strategy in which each agency has a role in having employment be the first option for working age adults with developmental disabilities. To learn more about Transformation-AT-A-Glance Visits, go to this link.

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