My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Jewish Federation Of Greater Orlando Inc, Maitland, FL, USA
The RAISE Road doesn’t lead to the Wizard of Oz but to the RAISE Wizards and Leadership Team of professionals, which includes local agencies and staff, trained volunteer coaches and specialists who present talks on different subjects, from developing communication skills to preparing for job interviews. Its program is designed to expand the horizon for young adults with special needs, most of whom are unemployed and living at home. Each step of the RAISE program links to the next with no cracks or gaping spaces. Unique in its approach, RAISE is built on a strong foundation-- knowledge of our community, attention to detail, professional experience, and understanding of and compassion for the participants.
In 2017, my son, who had faced significant health challenges and had moved back home, was reluctant at first to participate in the RAISE program. However, he signed on at our urging and agreed to attend every weekly meeting. Each step he took on the RAISE path increased his confidence and courage to take THE BIG STEP to find a job in the outside world. Not long after he graduated from RAISE, he secured a position at UCF, working in the rare books division of the university library. RAISE had helped him rewrite his life's script.