The Ruderman Family Foundation in Brokkline, Massachusetts, has announced a $2.5 million grant to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston for a new program to help place young adults with disabilities in jobs.
The Young Adult Transitions to Work program will provide customized job training, placement, and ongoing support services for young adults with disabilities at Hebrew SeniorLife and other Boston-area employers. The project will be run by Jewish Vocational Service as part of CJP's Pathways program for people with disabilities. In partnership with Hebrew SeniorLife, the program will work to identify available jobs, develop specific training and support to match individuals with those positions, and offer comprehensive training designed to integrate life, work readiness, vocational skills, and ongoing case management once individuals have been placed in a job.
"There are some twenty-five thousand disabled young adults [between] the ages of eighteen and thirty in Boston's Jewish community who are capable of working if jobs can be provided in conjunction with the right training and support," said Ruderman Family Foundation president Jay Ruderman. "Thanks to the forward-thinking leadership at Hebrew SeniorLife, we are able to target the right kind of training and support for available jobs, something that is entirely new....It's a testament to what partnerships between the private sector, nonprofit world, and advocacy community can achieve, and a real breakthrough for the disability community."