Helping Disabled People Get Work

The competition for jobs is sometimes pretty tight and most applicants are looking for any advantage.

Now imagine already being at a disadvantage through a disability that may eliminate you from several job opportunities.

Projects With Industry is trying to level that playing field for those with disabilities.

Victor Hull has had a rough time.

"I had both of my hips replaced about 4 years ago and at the beginning of this year I had major heart surgery," he said.

Hull also lost his job as a hotel shuttle driver when the hotel he worked for went under.

With his disabilities he didn't think he'd ever get work again.

"A lot of people won't just hire you they wont even give you a chance they say there's no discrimination but as soon as they see that disability, they don't want to have to be liable for something that happens to you," he said.

After a year, he saw a billboard that gave him a fighting chance.

Hull enrolled in Goodwill's Projects With Industry, a course designed to help people with disabilities find work.

"Our goal is to help people find employment and be a part of the community and some people are re-entering maybe after becoming injured and getting them back to work," Projects With Industry Coordinator Shari Albert said.

Hull quickly hooked up with Tim Suelter, a PWI employment specialist.

"A big part of my concentration is working with employers in the community who have a need for long term employees and we get them connected," Suelter said.

And after about six weeks in the program...

"They helped me find a job," Hull said. "Helped me set up my resume look for jobs, set goals, go to classes like once a week and learn what our goals are going to be and that the jobs are out there you just got to go look for them. Getting a positive attitude about looking for jobs and working."

Hull now works for Goodwill at a drop off spot at 50th and Grover and again is a productive member of society.

"You got to be willing and think about your future," Hull said. "I have nothing but Goodwill to thank for everything they've done for me."

Projects With Industry has placed about 200 people with a wide variety of disabilities with various employers throughout the metro area.

For more information call 231-1978.

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