For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
Last week, Easter Seals hosted a wonderful gathering of local mission partners. This group was different than who you might expect. These were local employers who partnered with Easter Seals to find new employees or contracted with Easter Seals for services. Not matter their relationship, each helped to grow job skills and experiences of over 200 individuals with barriers to joining the workforce.
We honored four businesses in particular:
- The 128th Refueling Wing : We began our partnership with the 128th Refueling wing through our commercial cleaning program in 2006. The 128th has been supportive of the Easter Seals mission in providing opportunities to develop marketable work skills. 128th staffs are always very courteous, helpful, and patient with our cleaning staff. This year we began to assist on their “drill weekends once a month” as mess attendants through a contract with assistance of SourceAmerica. They worked side by side with military persons and learned many valuable transferable skills.
- KHS as our partner with catering services, using Easter Seals LilyWorks to cater and host their employee training. KHS gains from use of our facilities and Easter Seals participants set up the room, prepare the continental breakfast gaining valuable experiences in hospitality services.
- Vaportek, a partner for over a decade, who uses our facility based services to package literally millions of items annually. Items you use in your home everyday.
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin for hosting Project SEARCH at the hospital, giving dozens of young adults internships to gain marketable and transferrable job skills. To date, Children's Hospital has hired five Project SEARCH interns on to their staff. Why? “To ensure the best experience, we work together with the right people in the right roles doing the right thing for children and families”
We could not agree more! Congratulations to all four our award recipients.
Thank you to all who attended and gave remarks at the event including Waukesha County Executive, Dan Vrakas and Executive Vice-President, Jorge Perez from ManpowerGroup.