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GRANTEE:

Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders (GCBCF)

 

 

ADDRESS:

P.O. Box 337

Woodbury, NJ 08096

 

 

AMOUNT:

$199,679

DURATION:

24 months

 

 

POPULATION SERVED: Jobseekers with physical or psychological disabilities.

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to support the salaries, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, and supplies for a greeter position, as well as to fund a project director, project coordinators, and employment planning team consultants. Indirect costs and cost of training/stipends are also included.

 

The greeter will help to provide personalized services to all who enter Gloucesters One-Stop Career Center. This position is a full-time and temporary one that will be funded through the duration of the project. The proposed project director will train new staff. Supported employment project coordinators employed by community-bases agencies will be compensated for their time (one day per week). Each of the five project coordinators will serve in rotation for four months. The employment planning team consultants will be called upon to serve on an employment planning committee for specific case reviews.

 

Partners include the University of Medicine and Dentistry Department of Rehabilitation Counseling, the New Point Behavioral Health Center (psychological disabilities), ARC of Gloucester County (development disabilities), and the Abilities Center, which serves a range of disabilities.

 

Given the high disability prevalence rates (approximately 21%) of those served at its One-Stop center, GCBCF seeks a higher employment and training success rate and increased levels of customer satisfaction among its disabled population. This is especially difficult, as short-term employment projections indicate slow to static growth, and, in the long-term, projections are modest, as Gloucester County is an agricultural area, and most industrial and service-oriented jobs are found outside of the county.

 

The proposed project will improve Gloucester Countys One-Stop system for jobseekers with disabilities by addressing issues that previous customers have identified. These include a lack of personalized, hands-on services and assistance; dissatisfaction with welcoming comments and reception desk services; and inadequate job placement and marketing services.

 

 

 

GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Gloucester County, New Jersey

 

 

CONTACT:

Karen Dickel

856-384-6970