RAISE is a work and social skills training program for adults with disabilities who are seeking employment and face challenges finding work. Offered by the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, RAISE collaborates with 8 partnering Jewish agencies and engages 1:1 volunteer job coaches to provide paid employment at each of these locations along with offering guidance to help participants transition to jobs in the community.
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By providing a 6- to 12-month part-time, paid work experience through partnering agencies of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, RAISE offers each participant the self-worth that comes from earning a paycheck, the satisfaction of being a participating member of society, an accepting work environment, the self-respect that comes with productivity, the dignity of having a job, a feeling of contribution, and the social benefit of interfacing with our community in a safe and compassionate setting. During this time, job skills are modeled, shaped and refined. RAISE builds self-esteem, fosters independence at home and in the workplace, educates and inspires participants and their families to set new goals, supports and encourages social growth, and creates awareness of services and opportunities available in the community.
RAISE was featured as a Community Champion on WESH 2 News. The video above features RAISE employees, Job Coaches and Leadership Team members.
The RAISE program is supported entirely by donations from our community. Please consider a gift to help us empower even more adults with special needs in Central Florida.
The RAISE Mission
To build confidence, promote independence, and teach employability skills to adults with special needs and provide guidance and support to their families.
Parents, employees and former employees talk about their experiences with RAISE. Special thanks to the creative team: Robin Hofmann and Alexis Latimore!
The Story Of RAISE
RAISE honors the life and legacy of founder Loren London’s loving brother Barry, the inspiration for creating RAISE. Like many others within our community, Barry faced employment and social challenges on a daily basis.
May his beautiful memory and accomplishments lead us to be involved in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), as RAISE builds inclusion and helps to make our world a better place.
Who We Are
The RAISE mission is guided by traditional Jewish values of Repairing the World and Acts of Loving Kindness, by promoting inclusion and taking into account the overall well-being of adults with special needs. For every person with a disability who has a job, there are four more who would like to go to work. RAISE helps prepare our employees for employment in the community.
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Participating Agencies providing employment opportunities
Our Professional Team
After spending two decades in the field of healthcare in New York City and Orlando, Loren redirected her leadership skills, focusing on the planning and managing of hundreds of educational, philanthropic, and musical events across Central Florida and nationwide. These wide-ranging experiences, coupled with her passion for inclusion, prepared Loren to build and manage RAISE from a vision in 2012 to reality.
Rachel holds both a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Special Education. She has over 25 years of experience in helping children and adults with disabilities reach their full potential. In addition to being a faculty member at Seminole State College since 2002, she has been a social skills coach in Central Florida for over 10 years bringing both her professional background and her leadership and organization skills to RAISE.
Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is the Director of Social Bridges®. She holds a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor's degree in Education/Drama Therapy.
Ken has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a Master's degree in Learning Disabilities, and a Doctorate in Education, specializing in Special Education with state certifications in Specific Learning Disabilities and Administration and Supervision. He is the former Director of Exceptional Student Education in Orange County, 1991-2011.
Sandra is a former Special Education teacher and Program Coordinator at UCF and in Orange County Public Schools. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education and a Bachelor's degree in K-12 Library Media Science. She has a certificate in Special Education Meditation from the Justice Center of Atlanta.
Amy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with mental health issues. She currently writes social skills and employability training curriculum targeting adults and teens with Down Syndrome.
Bill has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in special eduation from Cleveland State University. He spent 36 years teaching in Cleveland Heights-University Heights and Seminole County Public Schools prior to his retirement in 2016. His teaching career was spent working with special-needs children in elementary and middle schools.
RAISE in the News
Local businesses who share our mission of inclusion and have collaborated with RAISE to enhance the lives of adults with disabilities in our community
RAISE Awareness to Hire
Adding purpose to our mission, RAISE Awareness to Hire is a division of RAISE that works with local businesses to create new jobs and provide a simple and seamless transition for adults with disabilities from the nurturing environment of RAISE into the competitive marketplace.