Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues.
In celebration of NDEAM, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) presented a certificate to Joe Powers at Powers Funeral Home in Creston for his partnership with IVRS.
The mission of IVRS is to work for and with individuals who have disabilities to identify and achieve their employment goals. Through partnerships with employers, IVRS is able to provide job candidates with opportunities for training and for employment. In return, IVRS provides employers with qualified job candidates.
Garrett Abell is an example of this partnership. Abell was still in high school and was interested in a career as a funeral director. Powers Funeral Home was able to provide Abell with on-the-job training through IVRS, so he could learn about this career and make an informed choice. He worked at Powers Funeral Home throughout the summer before his senior year of high school.
IVRS had 2,185 successful employment outcomes for fiscal 2013. The Creston Service Unit, a satellite office of the West Central Area Office, serves Adair, including the town of Stuart, Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Ringgold, Taylor and Union counties with offices at Southwestern Community College and I-WORKS in Creston.