Donna Sines

Community Vision

Community Vision Work Ready program provides retention services so those placed on the job stay on the job.

On July 21 at the Orange Gardens Community Center, Work Ready, a program of Community Vision, provided the first in a series of workshops specifically for employers and program participants.

This interactive workshop is comprised of participants and a variety of guest speakers, many of whom are employer representatives, who cover discussions on such topics as: financial literacy, advancement behaviors and opportunity, balance of work life and family, healthy living, to name a few. The workshops will be held monthly and are attended by invitation. It is the mission of Work Ready to integrate individuals back into the workforce in a sustainable way; retention services supports in this effort.

Since 2014, Community Visions Work Ready Program has focused on the unemployed and under skilled. With the objective of job placement, increasing earnings potential, improving job stability and increasing work ethic through pre-employment boot camps and post-employment retention services, this program has successfully served more than 200 program participants. The program has seen over 85 percent of those placed on jobs earning an average of $12- to 3 an hour to start while maintain stability and advancement through the retention services components of the program.

Through the support of United Way, city of Kissimmee, private individuals and corporate donors, the Vision Work Ready program closely works with numerous community partners and employers in a referral network to achieve success. The program actively works in partnership with Community Vision’s Project OPEN aiding with job placement efforts for those receiving certified skills training and education in an effort to transform lives through long-term economic self-sufficiency.

Community Vision encourages Osceola County employers seeking qualified, dedicated, skilled employees to contact Jackie Murray by email for placement information at jmurray@communityvision.org. It takes a community of dedicated people to collectively advance and forever change the face of our socio economic landscape for the better.

Donna Sines is the executive director of Community Vision.