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REM Ohio Offers More Employment and Training Options for Adults

UPublish story by Crystal Brodzenski

CANTON, OHIO – REM Ohio announced today that they will be holding an open house at their Opportunities Center, located at 2765 Maret Place NE, on Friday, October 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This open house will showcase the vocational curriculum for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in addition to featuring the newest innovative vocational rehabilitation program “Ready2Work.” Everyone in the community is welcome and encouraged to attend this celebration, obtain more information on services available, and sign up for training and education on the road that leads towards employment.

The vocational track at the Opportunities Center offers a variety of education, hands on training, and work experience in small focus groups. The objective and goals are aligned to assist participants in acquiring needed vocational skills and hands on training often needed in the pursuit of community employment. In addition small work crews, often referred to as “The Crew”, provide work experience and a paycheck. The crews often complete a number of on-site and off-site jobs. Each week, participants invest time and effort to improve work-related skills via classroom instruction, demonstration opportunities, seminar or clinic focused sessions, and other employment preparation focused activities.

The Opportunities Social Center, which is conveniently located at the dual site, offers a customized itinerary of both community and on-site education and recreation events. Each participant’s unique interests, social networking skills, health and wellness objectives are incorporated to maximize involvement and creativity. Many special interest groups and clubs are formed and friends are united each week by shared enthusiasm. Topics often include interests such as: cooking classes, wellness and health sessions, computer learning clubs, and many more.

The Opportunities Vocational and Social Center features a woodworking shop, computer learning lab, as well as an arts and crafts area, sensory experience center and much more.

In addition, REM Ohio’s Ready2Work program assists adults whom may be experiencing barriers to obtaining traditional employment. This work group may be comprised of persons, such as mature workers, returning veterans, displaced workers entering new industries, or workers with various mental or physical disabilities. The goal of the Ready2Work program is to find meaningful work that matches applicants’ interests, obtain employment, and help them live life to the fullest. Our job developers carefully match each applicant with an employer in their home community where they can make a positive contribution and pursue their career goals. After the person begins work, we often help monitor their progress on the jobsite to assure master their new responsibilities and also ensure a good fit for both the applicant and the employer.

Individuals interested in scheduling a tour of the Opportunities Center, learning more about us and our services, or enrolling in the Center on Maret Place can contact our local office at 330.644.9730 or visit our website at www.rem-oh.com

Those interested in our Ready2Work program can contact us at 330.864.5895 or visit our website www.rem-oh.com/ready2work.

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About REM Ohio

REM Ohio serves adults and youth with varied and often complex needs. Our programs and supports are built around the unique needs of each individual we serve and designed to promote independence, skill development, personal choice and growth. At REM Ohio we are committed to deliver8ing the highest quality services in community-based environments - empowering the people we serve to live, work, and thrive in their community. REM has established programs in Northeastern Ohio, Eastern Ohio, Central Ohio, Southwest Ohio, and Northwest Ohio.

REM Ohio is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers.

About REM Ohio Opportunities Vocational and Social Center

The REM Ohio Opportunities Center is located at 2765 Maret Street NW, Canton, OH. The 7,000 square foot Center serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Opportunities Vocational Center offers a variety of education and work experience in small focus groups. The objective and goals are aligned to assist enrolled participants in acquiring needed vocational skills in the pursuit of community employment. In addition work crews, commonly referred to as “The Crew”, provide a real opportunity and paycheck. These work crews complete a number of on-site and off-site jobs, which furthers their independence within the local community. Each week, participants invest time and effort to improve work-related skills via classroom instruction, demonstration opportunities, and other employment preparation focused activities.

The Opportunities Social Center, which is conveniently located at the same address, offers a customized itinerary of both community and on-site education and recreation events. Each participant’s unique interests, social networking skills, health and wellness objectives; in addition to community involvement interest is collected. From this information, many special interest groups and clubs are formed. Topics often include interests such as: cooking classes, music therapy groups, wellness and health sessions, computer learning clubs, and many more.

About REM Ohio Ready2Work Program

When life’s challenges make it harder for people to find and keep jobs that are meaningful to them, REM Ohio’s Ready2Work program helps them get the skills and confidence they need to succeed. We help people from all walks of life find and keep the jobs of their choosing, including: mature workers, people with disabilities, workers who are changing industries, people needing a fresh start after incarceration, veterans with injuries or other challenges. Whatever their employment history, we believe that each person we serve deserves work that helps them live life to the fullest.

Our job developers carefully match each applicant with an employer in their home community where they can make a positive contribution and pursue their career goals. After the person begins work, we often help monitor their progress on the jobsite to assure master their new responsibilities and also ensure a good fit for both the applicant and the employer.


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