Riverfront Partners Win State APSE Employment Awards
The Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst(APSE) presented employment awards to two Riverfront partners at their annual conference in Pewaukee, WI. Riverfront participant Alex L’Hote was named Supported Employee of the Year and his employer, the Vernon County Humane Society, was named Small Employer of the Year. Award ceremony attendees included Governor Scott Walker and officials of the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
“We are so glad extend our congratulations to Alex L’Hote and the Vernon County Humane Society. They worked together to make this happen, and the recognition is well deserved,” commented Riverfront President and CEO Mary Kessens. “It is a wonderful example of the success that results from collaborative efforts to place adults with disabilities into jobs with local employers. It is a win all the way around.”
These top state awards are the result of the employment placement support of Riverfront’s Integrated Employment Services, a program that places individuals with one or more disabilities into jobs with local employers. In this case, Alex and the Vernon County Humane Society established a successful employment relationship through an internship initiated by Riverfront and funded by the DVR. During that three month period, Alex’s supervisors, Director Linzi Gronning and Manager Rebecca Knight, supported Alex as he mastered his job responsibilities. They kept Alex in mind after his internship ended, and hired him for the first available job opening. He works ten hours a week, including a solo weekend shift.
Riverfront’s successful job placements result from a thorough assessment of each individual’s skills and interests, and effective Riverfront support for both the employee and employer. In 2012, Riverfront placed 200 individuals with disabilities into jobs in their local communities throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.