A paying job is an enormous source of pride and personal independence. Our Employment Gateway Program is part of a nationwide vocational rehabilitation network of services that helps adults with disabilities find full- or part-time work. An employment specialist helps pair the individual to a job that matches his or her skills and interests, then provides on-the-job training and support until the individual can perform the job independently.
Employers Benefit, Too
Meeting the needs of our Employment Partners is a top priority. Employers benefit by gaining dependable, hard-working, diverse employees who are trained with the assistance of an Employment Specialist – all at no cost to the Employer. The Employment Specialist works with the Employer to ensure the job is performed successfully from the beginning.
See more about our Employment Gateway Program in this video.
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WestRock is a leading North American producer of corrugated and consumer packaging and recycling solutions. Based in Norcross, Georgia, the company operates in more than 250 locations and employs 39,000 team members in the United States and around the world.
At WestRock, proactive excellence is a way of life. Employees earn rewards for their performance while thriving in a work environment that encourages professional growth and promote-from-within leadership development.
In addition, the company provides a superb benefits package that includes 401K plans, paid vacation, medical and dental coverage, disability insurance, life insurance, educational assistance and training programs.
So it naturally follows that a program called RockAbility was initiated at a WestRock location in Georgia — with a mission to enhance diversity awareness and participation among the WestRock workforce.
The Enrichment Center was made aware of the RockAbility program when we contacted WestRock’s local facility about possible employment opportunities for our students -- RockAbility was about to be launched in Winston-Salem, too.
After discussions between our Vocational Rehabilitation team and WestRock, we selected eight individuals to interview for positions with the company. Following the interview process, WestRock offered employment to seven of the applicants.
The Enrichment Center is proud to call WestRock one of our Employment Partners. This community-minded company has opened its doors to our employment program while ensuring that the individuals we serve are treated with dignity and respect, just like all of WestRock’s employees. And that includes receiving equal pay for equal work, along with all full-time benefits.
WestRock is eye-opening proof that sometimes all we need is someone who will give us a chance. And when that happens, everyone wins.