Many of you know that a couple of weeks ago Massachusetts Governor Patrick Duval toured our new Transition to Work job-training program for young Jewish adults with disabilities. But what you may not be aware of is his reaction.
Witnessing the multi-disciplinary approach to job training and placement at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA, the governor had positive feedback for the partners who are helping our Foundation make this program possible: Jewish Vocational Service, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Hebrew SeniorLife. The latter already has six of these young adults training at various jobs in its NewBridge facility.
After watching these young adults at work, the Governor attended a luncheon where he remarked that 240,000 people of all abilities are looking for work in Massachusetts, and that there are 120,000 open positions. “How is there so much opportunity with so many people still looking for a chance?” he asked, adding that the Transition to Work program is one answer to this stalemate.
“There is too much to do to risk leaving anyone behind,” the Governor concluded. “Everyone deserves an opportunity to be a part of the workforce … everybody counts, and that’s what this program is about. Everyone deserves an opportunity to live, to learn, to play, to work to the fullest extent possible for all of their days. As long as there are people without jobs and jobs without people, our work is not done.”
— Jay Ruderman