Transitional Employment — Apex Homecare & The Forum House:
Jeremy Robert, a member from The Forum House transitional employment program is gainfully employed at Apex Homecare, in Springfield MA.
“When Jeremy’s on the job, we know he’s happy, from the big smile he wears on his face,” said Cheryl Rumley, Founder and President of Apex Homecare, a family owned home care agency serving Western Massachusetts (MA).
Jeremy first arrived at Apex with his support staff from the Forum House — Kevin, Lauren and Becca. The Forum House works in partnership with local employers to meet their business needs, while offering employment opportunities to people with disabilities in MA.
“Historically, I’ve hired home care aides from the Forum House and have always been pleased with the quality of their work”, Rumley said, “so I was confidant that Jeremy would also succeed.” In his role at Apex, Jeremy works in the document management department, scanning payroll and other documents into the new system recently installed at the home care agency.
The Forum House provides its members’ vocational training and skills to help them obtain employment. Using a “Clubhouse” Model, they offer a supportive environment and coaching to “Clubhouse Members”. This Transitional Employment (TE) approach ensures cooperation, inclusion and shared responsibility.
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“One great advantage of their model is absence coverage,” added Cheryl. “This demonstrates a commitment to the employer that will ensure the job gets done no matter what. I can count on Kevin, Lauren or Becca to step in and do the job if Jeremy is out for any reason. I encourage other business owners to utilize Transitional Employment from the Forum House because this program is so reliable.”