VR’s Greenville Area Office Business Partnership Network luncheon was attended by the largest group of business and community leaders to date.
Bernard Jones, Business Development Specialist, presented examples of VR partnerships with more than 20 businesses in the Greenville area and how VR matches employer needs with qualified candidates. He emphasized the diversity of positions in which VR clients are employed, including sales, customer service, administrative, healthcare, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, construction, truck driving, and many more.
David Turnipseed, Greenville Area Supervisor, discussed how VR services can help businesses keep valued employees. He presented a wide variety of examples and potential issues where these services could be applied to avoid losing valued employees. David provided direct contact information for those counselors trained and dedicated to assisting employees in need.
Jacob West of Two River Medical, a North American Rescue subsidiary, led a tour of NAR’s 10,000 square foot facility located directly behind the Greenville Work Training Center. He described their purchasing, warehousing, kitting and distribution services for the US military, and praised the wonderful partnership with VR. Two River Medical regularly provides work training opportunities for 10 or more VR clients.
Businesses and community partners participating in the event included Confluence Outdoor, Southern Weaving, Span America, Aprons Etc., Grainger, Environmental Express, TBMC Inc., North American Rescue, Two Rivers Medical, Greenville Area Development Corporation and Greenville Chamber of Commerce.
There has been a dramatic increase in both the treatment of diabetes and recognizing the importance of those who deal with diabetes on a daily basis. The recent Greenville Health System Diabetes Advisory Board luncheon focused on the partnership between VR and the diabetic community. Diabetic educators, physicians, and support staff who attended learned how VR assists individuals in managing their diabetes, enabling them to achieve and maintain competitive employment.
VR’s Greenville Area Office hosted a Bounce Back Day informational seminar to help individuals with criminal backgrounds learn about available community resources, discuss employment tips, and move forward with their lives.
Speakers included David Turnipseed, Greenville Area Supervisor; Stephen Patterson, VR Self Paced In Class Education (SPICE) Coordinator; LaMonica Woodruff, VR Vocational Assessment and Career Specialist; James Norment, Greenville VR Counselor; JessieCochran, USC Upstate; Brian Morrison, Greenville Library System; Robert Honeycutt, Probation, Parole and Pardon; Steve Hand, Greenville Technical College; Tiffney Love and Christina Kelly, South Carolina Legal Services; Bernard Jones, VR Business Development Specialist; Corinne Davis, SC Works; Bobbie Anders-Laney, North American Rescue; Kathy Rollins, Embassy Suites; and Ruth Ann Wilson, Southern Weaving.