Lindsey (Wentz) Willhelm, a former VR Consumer recently received the North American Rescue (NAR) Ellenburg Employee of the Month Award for May 2019. Lindsey, a Contract Specialist with NAR/TRM , was described as a “dedicated team player” who “exceeds expectations on. . . completing challenging tasks”.
Qwavez Henderson, a former VR consumer, was recognized as Associate of the Month for January 2019 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center. Qwavez has been a complimentary breakfast utility attendant for Embassy Suites since May 2018 and has excelled in many different areas of his job.
Fourteen students along with transition staff from VR's Greenville office recently attended an event hosted by the Swamp Rabbits, Greenville’s hockey team. The Swam Rabbits provided a morning of activities and hands-on learning experiences for all attendees.
Students who receive services from VR’s Greenville and Greer Training Centers, or who participate in Project SEARCH at St. Francis Hospital, recently attended a special “STEAM Day” (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) event at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC.
Twenty-seven students participated in a variety of STEAM activities hosted by local businesses, including assembling small robots, 3D printing, experimenting with music creation using computers, and experiencing virtual reality learning. They also went behind the scenes to tour the area and learn about the many different career opportunities available at Bon Secours. The event ended with the students watching the University of Florida play the University of Mississippi women’s basketball game, part of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
In partnership with the VR Greenville office and the Greenville County School District, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System recently graduated its first group of Project SEARCH interns.
Project SEARCH is an international school-to-work program model that provides high school students with disabilities internship opportunities in a work environment, with the ultimate goal of competitive employment.
"North American Rescue® (NAR) is as American as baseball and bald eagles (it is in their logo, after all).
You’ve probably seen their building perched up on a hill near I-85, between Pelham Road and Highway 14. You’ve more than likely wondered what they do. What they do is save lives. Really – their mission is to reduce preventable deaths."
- Greenville Today
Greenville Counselors Cierra Mack and Chris Mulley, and LaMonica Woodruff, Vocational Assessment and Career Specialist, participated in the 7th Annual “A Second Chance Forum,” at the West End Community Center on November 16. The event featured an expungement and pardon workshop and a job fair where a number of individuals were interviewed on-site.
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, and Jim Carino, North American Rescue (NAR) Vice President of Operations, were guest speakers at the Greenville CAN / Greenville Society for Human Resource Management Disability Lunch & Learn Series at the Greenville Technical Center for Manufacturing Innovation on January 24.
Staff participated in the annual Passport to Success on November 18.
Embassy Suites, WIS International, Allegiance Staffing, Kimco Services, Diversified Maintenance, Lake Murray Environmental, and Sam’s Club participated in a hiring event on November 16 which resulted in 8 VR clients receiving employment opportunities
Event featuring workshops about the college application process, financial aid and scholarships, and vocational education opportunities.
The Greenville Area office held a Business Partnership Network (BPN) meeting on May 23.