Granite Pathways’ Strength to Succeed (STS) program helps its participants catch up on utility bills. One of our Parent Partners recently shared how this program prevented a family we serve from losing their home this holiday season. Read about it on the Granite Pathways website.
Double Impact Program Trains Young Adults, Provides Meals to Those in Need
Community Work Services’ Double Impact Initiative was developed in conjunction with Breaktime, a youth-led nonprofit and social enterprise. Double Impact has a twofold purpose – to help homeless young adults acquire job skills and economic stability, and to create meals for first responders and food-insecure participants in the Boston-area.
The need is acute. Amid a nationwide surge in food insecurity, one in seven residents and one in five children in Massachusetts will experience food insecurity, the second highest rate in the nation among children.
The acquisition complements and expands The Fedcap Group’s existing career training platform offered through its Fedcap Career Design School.
New York, September 2020 — The Fedcap Group, a nonprofit that develops innovative, sustainable solutions to advance the economic well-being of the impoverished and disadvantaged, has acquired Apex Technical School. This acquisition both complements and expands The Fedcap Group’s existing career training platform offered through its Fedcap Career Design School.
For over 40 years, the Fedcap Career Design Schools has helped students chart their own path–becoming trained in high growth sectors that will lead to careers. These programs are structured to teach students of diverse abilities the technical skills required to perform the tasks of a specific job. “We are thrilled to welcome Apex Tech into The Fedcap Group,” says Christine McMahon, President and CEO of The Fedcap Group. “Apex certificate programs are highly regarded and have been shown to have a substantial positive impact on economic mobility—leading to entry level careers. This acquisition also increases our class offering and ability to reach more students.”
Founded in 1961 by John R. Cann, Apex Technical School is a well-known adult vocational technical school, serving 1,400 students annually, offers seven 900-hour certificate courses in skilled trades such as: refrigeration, automotive service, auto body, welding technology, electrical and advanced electrical, plumbing and construction. Apex is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and licensed by New York State Department of Education.
Apex CEO William Z Cann, says: For sixty years my family has shepherded Apex Tech and we are proud of the tens of thousands of graduate alumni. Now we look forward to continuing our legacy through The Fedcap Group. This amazing union will allow our students to access even more benefits, job opportunities and other supports offered through The Fedcap Group and its rapidly growing membership of companies. To quote our founder: “Onward and Upward!”
For more information, please contact: Steven Zarnfaller, Director of Communications The Fedcap Group 646-931-2329 email@example.com
Families of Texas Kids with Special Needs Fear COVID-19 Budget Cuts
A news report on Spectrum News in San Antonio, Texas highlighted the critical importance of services for children with disabilities, which are threatened by state budget cuts.
The story and accompanying video highlighted the life-changing work of Easterseals Central Texas in serving children and families and told the story of Cadence Hedrick, a two-year-old girl whose ability to use her legs was in doubt when she was born. After early intervention services provided over time by ESCT, Cadence can move around safely and has growing confidence.
“We went from wondering whether she could walk at all to her being very functional,” Robert Hedrick, Cadence’s father told reporters. ”Being able to have someone there to keep us safe while we pushed her was really unbelievable. We call her our miracle baby.”
Tod Marvin President and CEO of ESCT, was quoted in the news story and video about the critical importance of early intervention services. “When you look at the public investment that is required for kids that don’t get these services during this critical window of developmental time, the cost to society is exponential.,”
The story illustrates not only the amazing work of Tod and his team but also the importance of working smarter, of innovation, vision and leadership, in the face of budget cuts and the growing economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fedcap UK Receives Five Honors in Employment Related Services Association Awards
The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards honor the hard work and dedication of the employment support sector in the UK. They recognize best practices and the achievements of those working to support job seekers in their progression to work, as well as customers who, with courage and commitment, overcome challenges as they strive to reach their full potential.
A virtual ceremony recently recognized ERSA award winners across 12 categories, and Fedcap UK was honored to have five winners! Lorna Beaton, an engagement manager for Fedcap Scotland, was honored for leading a team that repeatedly hits employment targets and has engaged online with over 9,500 participants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is really fantastic to be recognized in this way,” Lorna said. “The award is a reflection of lots of amazing people I work with and the passion they have to helping others.”
Also recognized was Business 2 Business, a Fedcap UK service partner with 33 years of experience in delivering employment and health-based programs that has supported over 450 Links to Work customers in gaining work readiness skills and finding employment.
Fedcap UK customers Jazmin and Julie received awards for overcoming some incredible barriers to start their journey back into work. Jazmin, who suffers from a genetic disorder, has put in the hard work to gain the skills and confidence she needs to enter the workforce. Julie, who had been unemployed for 17 years and faced significant barriers in returning to work, is now employed and was elated at being honored at the awards ceremony.
“It was an experience I will never forget. I’m so very grateful for Fedcap for all their support, and for nominating me for the award,” Julie said.
Finally, Brian Bell, Chief Executive of Fedcap UK, was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Sector Achiever Award. Brian has been a leading innovator in the sector since the 1980s, designing and delivering cutting-edge services to help disadvantaged people in UK communities and consistently achieve huge social impact–under his watch, he and his teams have supported more than a million people to lead better lives.
According to ERSA: “Driven by a strong social purpose coupled with commerciality, Brian has achieved results in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is rightly recognized across the sector as an expert in creating innovative interventions that work for the people who need them most. He has consistently used his expertise and influence to achieve huge impact in the UK and beyond.”
Brian said: “I am extremely humbled to have been awarded this recognition from my peers in the sector. As always, these awards are a yearly reminder of the positive impact our sector has on people’s lives every day. As we move forward into uncertain economic times, it’s important that this work continues and that communities that have been left behind in the past are not left in the rear-view mirror once again.”
Queens Councilman Links with Wildcat Service Corp. to Clear District of Graffiti
Wildcat Service Corp., in partnership with New York City Councilman Robert Holden, cleaned buildings marked with graffiti in several Queens neighborhoods with its Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP), after an increase in spray paint and vandalism incidents. Read the Queens Courier article, and visit Wildcat’s website to learn more about their work and how our teams can assist New York City Council members and state legislators in keeping their districts clean, and more.
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2020) — This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which President George H.W. Bush, who signed the ADA into law, described as “a declaration of equality.” The legislation was widely hailed as expanding the rights and independence of Americans with disabilities, and as “the most sweeping anti-discrimination measure since the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
The ADA banned discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Today we take ramps, closed captioning and workplace accommodations for granted, but prior to the ADA these were not available for the tens of millions of Americans living with a disability.
The Fedcap Group is honored to recognize the 30th anniversary of the ADA, which brought fairness, opportunity and fulfillment to the lives of millions. We understand the life-changing implications of having the opportunity to reach one’s own potential. Thanks to the ADA and the brave individuals with disabilities who fought for its passage, we no longer think of people with disabilities as different from anyone else.
There is still a long way to go to ensure full rights and participation, but we stand with the nation in celebrating this milestone legislation as well as the immeasurable contributions of people with disabilities to the safety, prosperity and well-being of our country.
CWS’ Double Impact Initiative Addresses Food Insecurity and Young Adult Homelessness in Boston Area
BOSTON (July 8, 2020) — Throughout its 143-year history, Community Work Services has addressed the roots of poverty through employment, education, and housing improvements. Today CWS is bringing that same vision to bear on the crisis of homelessness and food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
CWS’ recent Double Impact Initiative with Breaktime, a youth-led nonprofit and social enterprise, has a twofold purpose– to help young adult homeless acquire job skills and economic stability, and to create meals for first responders and food-insecure participants in Boston-area communities in crisis. Read more about the program on the CWS New England website.
PORTSMOUTH, NH (July 6, 2020) — Safe Harbor Recovery Center, a program of Granite Pathways, has resumed in-person support services for individuals recovering from substance use disorders in the first phase of a three-phase opening. Visits are by appointment or crisis drop-in only with temperature checks, and masks and hand sanitizers are available. Learn more on the Granite Pathways website.