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Review for Jewish Federation Of Greater Orlando Inc, Maitland, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We first learned about the RAISE program through UCF CARD, and are so thankful for this opportunity for our son, Nicolas. This amazing non-profit is the precious fruit of years of tireless commitment to this growing population of awesome people who need this type of service! Everyone that I and my son have encountered are friendly, encouraging, and resourceful. The RAISE program that he has been in since August 2020, during the pandemic, from what I understand, is different from what the program usually entails, for obvious reasons. But, for this organization to be committed to still offer the high-quality programming they do, during a time such as this, is amazing and impressive in itself. The program is well organized, structured, and according to my son, has taught him “important life and job skills in a supportive and friendly environment.” There are many wonderful people in this program, from the individuals that conduct the ZOOM training, as well as the Coach he meets with once a week, via Facetime. We can see how much Nicolas has grown in this short period, as his self-esteem and confidence is greater, as well as his communication skills, overall.

For me, this program has been a great partnership and I have welcomed the support I personally have received as a Family Liaison. Every week, we receive from Rachel Slavin, RAISE Director of Employment Services & Education, a very detailed update on what was covered in the weekly Zoom session so that we, too can continue working on these skills at home. I have also been able to attend the support group, RAISE YOUR VOICE, which is led by Carol Miller, LCSW and Co-founder of Social Bridges, which is always very informative, and comforting to have emotional support as well.

I highly recommend the RAISE program to those individuals with a disability and their families, and it is my hope they bless your family as much as they have blessed ours.

Role:  Client Served