Friday, August 21, 2009

VSP Receives Funding Awards

Sinai Hospital's VSP has been providing vocational services and employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the Baltimore metropolitan area for over 35 years. VSP has recently received numerous grant funding awards.

The United Way of Central Maryland has re-funded the Youth Achieving Potential program, an in-school transition service for high school students from Northwestern and W.E.B. DuBois high schools. This program provides career assessment, paid internships and job/education placement services. During the 2008-2009 academic year, VSP's YAP initiative provided transitioning services to 40 exiting seniors with special needs from Baltimore City Public High Schools.

The Baltimore City's Mayor's Office of Employment Development has provided funding to provide training and job placement services in Patient Transportation, Environmental Services, and Food and Nutrition Services to 24 qualified trainees over the next 12 months, starting in November 2009. Eligible participants would be referred from the City's One Stop Career Centers and are either dislocated, unemployed, or low-income workers. That office's Youth Opportunity department also has provided funding for an eighth year to VSP to serve out-of-school youth with LifeBridge Health-paid internships and job placement services.

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