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Parents, employees and former employees talk about their experiences with RAISE. Special thanks to the creative team: Robin Hofmann and Alexis Latimore!

A look back at a year of big accomplishments for the volunteers, families and, of course, the employees who made 2018 the best year yet for the RAISE program!

 

A work and social skills training program

RAISE provides paid, supported employment at partnering agencies and transition to employment in our community.

 

We are not currently accepting applications, but you may submit your info for future consideration.

We are happy to provide you with more information about RAISE.

We are still seeking Volunteer Job Coaches for the fall. Click above to find out more!

Get more information about hiring an adult with special needs at your business.

The RAISE Mission

To build confidence and promote independence by supporting adults with special needs and their families with finding local employment.

About RAISE

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.

Support RAISE

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.

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.

The RAISE leadership team

 

Loren London

 

RAISE Founder and Director

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 a reality.

 

Rachel Slavkin, M.Ed.

 

Director of Employment Services and Education; Social Bridges®

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 Miller, LCSW

 

Director of Social Bridges®

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 Schneider, Ed.D.

Program Advisor

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 Grider, M.Ed.

 

Support Job Coach

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 Mediation from the Justice Center of Atlanta.

 

Amy Weston, LMHC

 

Transition Specialist

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 Yahner, M.Ed.

 

Job Coach

Bill has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in special education 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.

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RAISE in the News

RAISE announces two new logos
Heritage Florida Jewish News
September 2019

 

Opinion: Raising human spirits
Christine DeSouza, Heritage Florida Jewish News
December 2018

 

A walk through the RAISE program
Heritage Florida Jewish News
November 2018

 

  RAISE continues to raise the bar for inclusion
Heritage Florida Jewish News
October 2018

 

 RAISE employee of the month
Heritage Florida Jewish News
March 2018

 

 RAISE brings hiring in house
Heritage Florida Jewish News
March 2018

 

 RAISE Them Up:
Opportunities abound for adults with special needs

J Life magazine
Fall 2017

 

New beginnings with RAISE
Heritage Florida Jewish News
September 2017

 

RAISE continues to impact lives
Heritage Florida Jewish News
May 2017

 

RAISE enters its third year of successful achievements
Heritage Florida Jewish News
October 2016

 

 Special needs program in Cleveland gives to programs in Orlando
Heritage Florida Jewish News
April 2016

 

RAISE set to enter its second year
Heritage Florida Jewish News
June 2015

 

 RAISE: Enabling the Disabled
Orange Appeal Magazine
May 2015

 

RAISE invited to Fedovation at GA
Heritage Florida Jewish News
October 2014

 

 RAISE launched with
its first 5 employees

Heritage Florida Jewish News
May 2014

 

RAISE is rolling into creation
Heritage Florida Jewish News
January 2014

 

RAISE the bar for special needs
Heritage Florida Jewish News
December 2013