CarePlus Social Enterprise Division Awarded Grant to Increase Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

A grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s EmploymentFirst4Jersey program was awarded to Care Plus NJ, Inc. and their social enterprise division CarePlus Workforce Solutions to provide employment opportunities to disabled individuals in Passaic and Bergen counties.

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CarePlus Workforce Solutions Commercial Laundry Services
Our [social enterprise] business model provides an opportunity for individuals to get valuable training and employment, as well as allow them to earn a steady pay check and sense of dignity.

Paramus, NJ (PRWEB) November 20, 2013

Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) and their social enterprise division CarePlus Workforce Solutions (CPWS) were recently awarded a grant of up to $115,000 from New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s EmploymentFirst4Jersey program, part of the Governor’s supported work initiative.

The EmploymentFirst4Jersey Training Grant program is designed to promote competitive employment for people with any type of disability in the general workforce. By working with employers, the program will create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to obtain gainful employment in targeted industry sectors.

The grant will allow the CPWS Laundry to expand employment opportunities to 30 disabled individuals in Passaic and Bergen counties. The initiative includes 12-16 week training courses for disabled individuals to become certified washroom or certified linen technicians under the laundry training curriculum of the Association of Linen Management. CPWS has several partners in the commercial laundry field who will assist with training, job search, and placement of individuals.

CPWS Laundry provides services to many businesses, government agencies, non-profits and restaurants.

“This grant allows us to expand opportunities to disadvantaged individuals who are motivated to work,” stated Brigitte Johnson, Executive Director of CPWS. As a social enterprise, the organization successfully combines a mission of providing for a common good with business processes and methodologies to create a sustainable and profitable service business.

“Our business model provides an opportunity for individuals to get valuable training and employment, as well as allow them to earn a steady pay check and sense of dignity,” Johnson continued.

CPWS, the non-profit social enterprise division of Care Plus NJ, Inc., is located in Paterson, NJ. In 1996, the Laser Imaging unit of CPWS was created, providing remanufactured printer supplies; commercial cleaning and laundry services were later added. Over the years, they have successfully combined a competitive business model with a workforce comprised of over 75% disabled and economically disadvantaged individuals. All employees earn competitive wages and are well trained and extremely professional. Learn more at http://www.cpwsnj.org.

Care Plus NJ, Inc. is a northern New Jersey provider of recovery-focused mental health, substance abuse and family services that addresses the unique needs of individuals with a holistic approach to recovery and overall wellness. Operating out of 23 sites – including three outpatient centers located in Paramus, Fair Lawn, and Montclair, ten residential facilities, offices at three local hospitals, and seven community offices – their services are convenient to clients located throughout Northern New Jersey. They also provide educational programs on mental health-related topics to schools, organizations, and community groups; topics including certified Mental Health First Aid, suicide awareness, bullying prevention, and crisis intervention.


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