Exceed Enterprises Receives $20,000 Grant from Kaiser Permanente

April 24, 2012 – Exceed Enterprises has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program to help pay for an instructor’s salary to launch our Work Assessment & Readiness Program that will provide vocational training, skill development and job readiness for people with disabilities.

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program contributes millions of dollars each year to support a range of programs, projects and organizations that contribute to individual and community health. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente Northwest contributed almost $120 million to communities in their service area.

With this grant support, Exceed will hire a full-time vocational instructor to lead a program aimed at developing the skills some of our workers need to effectively transition from facility-based employment to competitive employment in the broader community.

“We are excited to partner with Kaiser to create an entirely new pathway towards integrated employment for adults with developmental disabilities who have traditionally experienced significant barriers to obtaining employment,” says Philip Stuva, Exceed’s Director of Development.

The hiring of this instructor and the overall creation of this new program will be a valuable tool for Exceed as we strive to align our goal’s with the State’s Employment First initiative that will promote integrated, community-based employment for people with even the most severe disabilities.

Established in 1968, Exceed Enterprises is a nonprofit organization that provides vocational and personal development services for people with mental, emotional and physical disabilities. Exceed offers meaningful employment and personal development services to more than 150 adults and students. For more information, please visit www.exceedpdx.com or call 503.652.9036.

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