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Mission Statement

To offer a work and social skills training program that builds confidence and supports adults with special needs and their families in alliance with the Vocational Rehabilitation job search process.

About RAISE

By providing a 6- to 12-month part-time, paid work experience through partnering agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, RAISE offers each participant the self-worth that comes from earning a paycheck, the satisfaction of being a participating member of society, an accepting work environment, the self-respect that comes with productivity, the dignity of having a job, a feeling of contribution, and the social benefit of interfacing with our community in a safe and compassionate setting. During this time, job skills are modeled, shaped and refined. RAISE builds self-esteem, fosters independence at home and in the workplace, educates and inspires participants and their families to set new goals, supports and encourages social growth, and creates awareness of services and opportunities available in the community. 

 

Who We Are

 

The RAISE mission is guided by traditional Jewish values of Repairing the World and Acts of Loving Kindness, by promoting inclusion and taking into account the overall well-being of adults with special needs.

 

For every person with a disability who has a job, there are four more who would like to go to work. RAISE helps prepare our employees for employment in the community.


About our team:

 

Loren London - RAISE Program Coordinator

 

Rachel Slavkin M.Ed. - RAISE Director of Employment Services and Education; Social Bridges®, Job Coach Supervisor

 

Rachel holds both Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Special Education, and a Supervisor of Special Education Certification.

 

Carol Miller, LCSW - Director of Social Bridges®

 

Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Director of Social Bridges®. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in Education/Drama Therapy

 

Ken Schneider Ed.D. - RAISE Program Advisor

 

Ken has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Special Education with state certifications in Specific Learning Disabilities and Administration and Supervision.

 

Ken is the former Director of Exceptional Student Education in Orange County, 1991-2011.

 

Sandra Grider, M.Ed.- RAISE Support Job Coach

 

Sandra is a former Special Education teacher and Program Coordinator at UCF and in Orange County Public Schools. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education and a Bachelor's degree in K-12 Library Media Science. She has a certificate in Special Education Mediation from the Justice Center of Atlanta.

 

Amy Weston LMHC - Transition Specialist

 

Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with mental health issues. She currently writes social skills and employability training curriculum targeting adults and teens with Down Syndrome.

A work and social skills training program

RAISE provides paid, supported employment at partnering agencies and transition to employment in our community

Apply Online

Complete an application for employment

Questions? Contact Us

We'd love to speak with you! Complete the form linked above, call 407.645.5933 ext 236, or email RAISE@jfgo.org.

Become a Job Coach

We need Volunteer Job Coaches to join the RAISE team. Please sign up to learn more or call 407.645.5933 ext 236.


 

"According to Maimonides Eight Levels of Charity, the greatest level, above which there is not greater, is to support a fellow Jew and find him employment in order to strengthen his hand."

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Page Updated:  8/30/2017