Forum highlights work opportunities for Social Security beneficiaries

12 years ago

    The Presque Isle CareerCenter is hosting one of a series of community forums around the state highlighting work incentives to help people receiving Social Security disability benefits return to work. The event will be held today (Wednesday) from 10–11:30 a.m. at the Presque Isle CareerCenter at 66 Spruce St. Other events are scheduled in Machias on Sept. 12, Bangor on Sept. 24 and Augusta on Sept. 20. The public is welcome to attend and pre-registration is encouraged.
    To preregister for the event, contact Peter Lento or Kent DeMerchant at 800-635-0357.
    “These efforts are focused on jobs for people who have disabilities,” said Maine Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass. “These sessions will help inform the public about the variety of services available that support people with disabilities in achieving their employment goals.”
    Participants will learn about the Ticket to Work initiative that provides many Social Security beneficiaries with more choices for receiving employment services. The program encourages eligible Mainers to work through the CareerCenter to access employment and training services, vocational rehabilitation and other support services necessary to achieve an employment goal. 
    Maine’s statewide network of CareerCenters provide one-stop employment resources for job seekers and employers. Services for job seekers include job referrals, career counseling, job hunting workshops, labor market information, skills assessment and information on training. The public can use the CareerCenter to access the Internet for employment-related purposes and computers are available for resume development. The CareerCenters also offer specialized employment services for people with disabilities.
    A new report on the employment challenges facing people with disabilities in Maine is available on the Center for Workforce Research and Information’s website, pubs.html. The report is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’ Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.
    For more information, visit your local CareerCenter or call 888-457-8883; TTY users dial Maine Relay 711.