JEVS Philadelphia Independence Network (PIN) was recently awarded $ 8,221 by the Montgomery County Foundation. This award will be used to help ten PIN members take the next steps in their careers by developing internships and jobs well-matched to members’ interests and skills.
Funds will also be used to build on the success of PIN’s model in which employment services are fully embedded in the program and delivered by cross-trained staff.
“It’s a really wonderful opportunity for us,” said Jill Gromen, PIN Director. “We really want people to achieve their full potential to grow into the best career possible.”
Depending on members’ specific needs, the goal is to achieve a variety of outcomes for participants. This includes obtaining an increase in hours and/or pay within a current job, gaining a second job, finding a job that more closely aligns with member interests or another activity that helps members reach the next step in their careers.
“This is what PIN is about,” said Gromen. “This is about people achieving full independence.”