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Helping individuals with disabilities achieve meaningful employment, and helping employers find responsible, dependable employees. CAREERS is a not-for-profit organization whose fundamental goal is to help individuals with disabilities in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, NY achieve the satisfaction of sustained, gainful employment at no cost to them, their families or employers.

Since 1987, CAREERS has been successfully helping people with learning, developmental, psychiatric, and/or physical disabilities find and keep jobs. Our experienced and qualified staff work one-on-one with people to meet their needs and place them in jobs based upon their abilities and interests. We also provide on-the-job training and long-term ongoing support, for as long as each person needs - often for many, many years.

CAREERS receives the New York State Empire Award, for organizations who have made a significant contribution for the betterment of their community. State Senator Pete Harckham honored CAREERS because their programs meet an individual's unique needs and places them in jobs based on their abilities and interests.
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read more › At CAREERS Support Solutions, we help people with intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and/or physical disabilities attain the dignity, financial independence and sense of community they deserve through successful employment - at no cost to them, their families or employers. Successful employment is different for everyone, and there are many variables to consider. But essentially, when our clients have jobs that they enjoy, take pride in and keep for years - even decades - that is successful employment.

read more › CAREERS Support Solutions is a private not-for-profit organization that finds productive employment for individuals with learning, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and/or physical disabilities. CAREERS' fundamental goal is to assist its clients in achieving the satisfaction of sustained, gainful employment within their communities. We teach work readiness skills, provide job placement, extensive on-the-job training and ongoing support services - for free to clients and employers - throughout Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties, NY.

read more › CAREERS was founded in 1987, by a group of trailblazing parents who were concerned about the lack of employment opportunities for their adult children with disabilities. With funding from Westchester County, we established CAREERS. Since then, we've continually grown to successfully meet the community's expanding needs. CAREERS places more disabled people in jobs than any other agency in Westchester and Putnam Counties. We are the number one supported employment program in our area. In our decades of providing services, we've made over 2,700 individual job placements and provided services to over 6,000 people.

read more › CAREERS offers the following services to help individuals with disabilities prepare for, find and keep rewarding jobs:. CAREERS focuses on the total person. We help each individual solve job-related issues, including transportation, special equipment, and medical needs. We also make referrals to other agencies that specialize in certain areas, such as counseling, recreation and benefit advisement. We provide an in-depth assessment of each individual's strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests, special needs, employment history, employment goals, and educational history.

read more › Help us provide job placement and long-term follow up support to CAREERS' clients like Tom, who works in food service at a Valhalla middle school and has been a CAREERS client since 1999! He is one of over 2,800 individuals that CAREERS' has placed in jobs and provided ongoing long-term support to make sure they are successful. Since 1987, all of our services are provided AT NO COST to our clients and their families! Although CAREERS receives county and state funding, your support is crucial to bridge the gap between funds we receive and the cost to implement our programs.

read more › CAREERS Board of Directors consists of a voluntary board of individuals elected to act as the governing body of the agency and oversee the executive director. Kevin Ross, CAREERS Board President, is Executive Vice President/Owner of S&H Uniform Corporation in White Plains, a family owned and operated Business Apparel and Footwear Company established in 1969. Kevin graduated from the University of Cincinnati, with a B.A. in Business. Kevin worked with several local retailers before deciding to join the family business.

read more › CAREERS offers comprehensive, person-centered programs to help individuals with disabilities prepare for, find and keep rewarding jobs. Our programs are free of charge to Westchester, Putnam and lower Dutchess County residents with disabilities. Our main program in which we utilize a unique one-on-one approach to provide services based on each individual's needs. We provide job preparation support, creative job placement, on-the-job training, and ongoing support services. We reach out to high school juniors and seniors to help them make an easier transition into the workforce once they graduate.

read more › CAREERS High School Transition Program provides students with learning, intellectual, developmental, psychiatric and/or physical disabilities throughout Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties with the job and life skills they need to transition successfully from the classroom to employment. Our comprehensive services include intake and assessment, resume and cover letter preparation, development of pre-employment skills, internship development and placement, on-the-job training, job coaching and ongoing support services.

read more › Our Ambition In Motion (AIM) Program is a day habilitation program without walls tailored to the individual needs and interests of each participant and provides adults with disabilities with a sense of independence and self-reliance through diverse experiences. Participants in our program learn the life skills they need while enjoying volunteer and recreational activities. Designed for adults whose skill level would normally keep them from participating in a traditional supported work program, AIM is unique because it creates opportunities for disabled individuals to interact with, and contribute to, their local community while learning vital life and job skills.

read more › The right job can change your life, especially for a person with a disability. If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary who wants to work, Social Security's Ticket to Work Program may be right for you! Roxanne has worked for the New York State Department of Education since 2004, with ongoing support from her CAREERS Employment Specialist. Terry A., a 52 year-old mother of three, was receiving Social Security benefits due to a disability. As she started to feel better, Terry realized that she wanted to go back to work to give her a sense of purpose and to make more money.

read more › To receive CAREERS free services for job placement and on-the-job coaching, an individual with disabilities must first register with, and obtain a referral from, the New York State Education Department via ACCES-VR. After ACCES-VR has authorized your application and notified CAREERS, a CAREERS Employment Specialist will contact you to begin job placement services.

read more › CAREERS helps eligible employers learn about and apply for any tax credits or monetary give-backs for which they may qualify. This federal program is designed to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities and gives direct tax credits to private employers who create job opportunities for qualified people. The WOTC provides employers with a federal tax credit of up to $2,400, or a maximum of 40% of the first $6,000 in qualified first year wages paid to a worker with a disability. This is a New York State initiative by which employers can receive a NYS tax credit of up to $2,100 for each individual hired.

read more › Barbara Cutri receives the Employer of the Year Award from CAREERS client Kate Warren and Employment Specialist Toni Dillon. Rossanna Velazquez, Manager of ShopRite, Thornwood, receives the Supervisor of the Year Award from Danielle Nardi and Employment Specialist Allison Scorca. Sheila Durkin, a CAREERS client for 29 years who has worked at Over the Rainbow Learning Center for 17 years, receives the Employee of the Year Award from CAREERS Kim Flynn. Ralph Simpson, center, receives a Personal Achievement Award and Pastor Nicole Garvey, (right), The Outstanding Advocate Award from CAREERS Jennifer Retacco.

read more › Learning by doing made for a successful 8thAnnual Mentoring Day, a collaboration with CAREERS Support Solutions (CAREERS) and Putnam County government. Mentors from County Departments were paired with students and adults with disabilities interested in learning the skills they need to be successfully employed. Matched by their interests and abilities, they spent the morning with county staff from Departments including the Health Department, IT, Youth Bureau, Senior Resources and Probation. Working with and learning from their mentors, they learned organizational, computer and administrative skills, customer service and maintenance.

read more › Each County department offered a tour of their facility and the chance for their mentees to spend some time on tasks that staff perform each day. At 1:00 pm, everyone returns to Cornerstone Park to share the highlights of their experience with County Executive Odell, who presented each participant with a certificate and invited them to join us again next year. All participants are invited to fill out a survey after the event, and once again suggestions included longer timeframe for the event and even a second event each year.

read more › CAREERS Support Solutions once again coordinated with Westchester and Putnam County governments to give students and adults with disabilities a chance to work at a job that interests them. Mentoring Day has been so well received that we decided to hold it in spring, rather than fall. This will give students another chance before graduation to see what it takes to be effective in the workplace, remarked CAREERS Executive Director Tina Cornish-Lauria. In Westchester County, participants from CAREERS, New Rochelle High School, WARC, Keon Center and WJCS were matched with volunteer County mentors, based on their interests.

read more › A collaboration with Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and County Departments, the event paired mentors from both Counties and individuals with disabilities who were interested in learning about the skills needed to be successfully employed. CAREERS and PARC clients in Putnam County and WARC, WJCS and CAREERS clients in Westchester County were matched with department staff, based on the interests of each mentee. In Westchester, county departments participating included Emergency Services, Public Safety, Human Resources, Community Mental Health, Environmental Facilities, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Tourism, the Human Rights Commission and the County Attorney's Office.

read more › What does it take to make Westchester County run smoothly? Ask CAREERS client Jacob (pictured above with Fadiya Abassi from the Westchester County Office for the Disabled) and his CAREERS Employment Specialist Alicia Lehra. CAREERS' client Anthony F. tries his dream job as an EMS worker at the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services in Valhalla with new friends - the firefighters who were training on site. Participants from CAREERS, Institute of Applied Human Dynamics, Culinary Tech Center, Carmel High School, PARC and WARC were placed with volunteer mentors from Putnam and Westchester County government departments as part of National Disability Mentoring Day, coordinated annually by CAREERS Executive Director, Tina Cornish-Lauria.

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