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MERS/Missouri Goodwill Industries




1727 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO 63103






12 months



POPULATION SERVED: Jobseekers with physical or psychological disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to fund salaries, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, and indirect costs. The proposed positions include eight full-time case managers and two full-time administrative assistants.


The number of individuals with one or more disabilities in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County is approximately 16.6% of the population, or 225,840 persons.


Along with the City and County of St. Louis Workforce Investment Boards, the non-government partners in this application are the Independence Center and MERS/Goodwill (IC&MG).


IC&MG were recruited for this project because of their high expertise and experience in assisting the disabled to integrate into the workforce. The two also provide the long-term follow-up that is critical to job retention in the disabled population. In addition, they have developed staff training and strategies that assure a high level of customer service skills.


The grantees propose to make the IC&MG office the first step for any new customer who comes to the One-Stop Career Center (CC). IC&MG staff would work closely with CC staff to assure that each customer is entered into the system. For those found to be disabled, ICC&MG staff will develop a preliminary estimation of service needs, and the customer will receive information about all of the services currently available through the CC that may meet the clients needs.


The grantees believe that by partnering with two of the premier disability providers in the community, the CC would be able to have extensive outreach, marketing, coordination, and collaboration within the disability community. Together, they can address disability issues and provide full access to career development workshops, pre-vocational services, coaching, benefits counseling, relapse prevention planning, job placement and development, follow-up, retention and job advancement services, and peer-support services.





GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: The City and County of St. Louis




Jeff Cartnal

314-241-1133, ext. 334