Late last summer, the LightHouse had the opportunity to apply for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for a Bay Area-focused employment program. Serendipitously, we’ve found out during National Disability Employment Awareness month that we have been awarded over $300,000 to launch employment programming in five locations, including our San Francisco headquarters and our new location in Berkeley. We are the only Northern California recipient of these funds, which are administered by the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
Our program will combine traditional job development approaches with employment-focused life coaching and technical assistance for blind jobseekers. Funding will cover program costs, assist us in developing our technological infrastructure to support the program and will help us solidify our presence at the Ed Roberts Campus.
We will be moving quickly forward, so please stay tuned for more information as we roll out this exciting initiative. And in the meantime, if you are a blind or visually impaired jobseeker or know someone who is, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.