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Jobs for Life aims to connect people with disabilities to work opportunities

Oct. 20, 2014, 11:44 AM

Putting Faith to Work, an innovative project of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, is partnering with Covenant Presbyterian Church and its Nashville Jobs for Life program to offer a series of classes for individuals with disabilities. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center team will assist with accommodations and possible modifications as needed.

Jobs for Life offers a unique solution to joblessness in communities and for individuals across the country. Today, churches and ministries in more than 160 cities and 34 states are leading Jobs for Life classes, which provide biblical job training, ongoing assistance and hope to those who struggle with finding and keeping employment.

The course offers instruction on vocation as well as job search, interviewing and professional skills. The course takes a Christian perspective on the need and value of work, and each person will have a mentor/champion to provide guidance and assistance throughout the course and during the job search. This course offers the opportunity to help an established program become better equipped to assist individuals with disabilities in finding and keeping employment.

The 10-week series will be held on Thursdays starting in January. The class will likely include people with and without disabilities.

Criteria for eligibility to participate includes the ability to read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level, basic writing skills, and the ability to communicate verbally in a group setting.

Completing an application does not guarantee a spot in the class.

For questions, contact Courtney Taylor at courtney.taylor@vanderbilt.edu or Janet Shouse at janet.shouse@vanderbilt.edu, or call (616) 875-8833.

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