Trillium grant creates job opportunities
An Ontario Trillium Foundation grant has resulted in employment and gainful job experience for some of the community’s most vulnerable individuals.
The annual general meeting for Community Living Belleville was used as an opportunity for celebration of this grant and its success stories earlier this week.
The agency, Thursday, used its meeting to officially acknowledge funding it received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Local MPP Todd Smith and Ontario Trillium Foundation grant review team member Deanna Dulmage were on hand to congratulate and present Community Living Belleville and Area with a plaque to commemorate the occasion, and also hear more about the ‘Transitioning People to Competitive Employment’ project.
“I am so pleased to see this grant going to such a worthy organization,” said Smith, MPP for Prince Edward – Hastings. “I have seen the impact that this program has had on these young adults with intellectual disabilities and the enjoyment they receive from being able to contribute in such a meaningful way, to their community. Congratulations to Community Living Belleville and Area on another successful Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant.”
Early adults with intellectual disabilities are often excluded from competitive, gainful employment because, even with training and ongoing supports, they are unable to successfully complete the complex variety of responsibilities associated with many jobs. Thanks to a $234,200 OTF Grow grant, the Transitioning People to Competitive Employment project, which includes career exploration, enhanced job readiness training and job creation, this initiative helped facilitate an opportunity for every early adult with an intellectual disability who wants to work.
“The Transitioning People to Competitive Employment program has had a significant impact on the lives of many youth and adults with intellectual disabilities in our community,” said Christine Semark, executive director of Community Living Belleville and Area. “This experience, with ongoing support offered by our organization, has already led to several people securing meaningful and gainful employment opportunities within our community. We are seeing an increased quality of life in the people we support, as well as an increase in confidence, self-esteem, and motivation.”
Community Living Belleville and Area supports people with intellectual disabilities to live a full, valued and rewarding life. The organization envisions a community where everyone belongs and all people are valued and respected as participating and contributing members. www.communitylivingbelleville.org
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of more than $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.www.otf.ca
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