Anthony Severo, Employment Coordinator for Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind and a member of the Brooklyn Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, wrote in Brooklyn’s Progress, about his success pairing visually impaired persons trained by the Catholic Guild with jobs at a local non-profit agency.
Here is an excerpt:
By Anthony Severo
Employment Coordinator, Catholic Guild for the Blind
Kim Fasano, Board Chair of Reaching-Out Community Services…attended one of our Work Readiness Workshops that I conduct, where she had the opportunity to meet our diverse clients and assess the skill sets they can offer…She became enamored with several of the group participants and felt their skills would be applicable at Reaching-Out Community Services…
As with most non-profits, there are budget constraints, but thanks to the contract the Catholic Guild for the Blind has with the New York State Commission for the Blind, we were able to set up two Work Experience Trainings.
This program allows for our visually impaired clients to gain experience or re-acclimate themselves to work, while also providing assistance to an organization at no cost. During the 260 hours the person is interning, he or she is on the payroll of the Catholic Charities Community Services and is covered by our worker’s compensation and short-term disability.
This literally creates a “win-win” scenario. The non-profit in this instance can get more work accomplished without impacting their budget, while our clients attain real world work experience and the chance to prove how capable visally impaired people really are with and without assistive technology – which we supply if needed…
Looking for a trained, qualified intern free of charge? Call Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind: 646-794-3337