BRISTOL - CW Resources received a grant to purchase skill training programs for individuals with disabilities.
The grant was awarded in the amount of $2,250 from the Bristol Brass General Grant Fund and the Ciddarelli-Vitale Community Advancement Fund at the Main Street Community Foundation, a nonprofit serving the towns of Bristol, Burlington, Southington, Plymouth and Wolcott.
CW Resources is a nonprofit that provides employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, veterans, wounded warriors and economically disadvantaged.
With the grant, CW Resources will be able to enhance its work-readiness program that supports 101 eligible persons with disabilities who reside in the grant target area.
CW Resources can purchase 450 educational, training units from The Conover Company, that can be incorporated into the current employment and training programs for accelerated learning.
The training will prepare and support learners at CW Resources by teaching the skills needed to maximize opportunities for successful employment in the community.
“The program has begun on a limited basis,” said director of public relations at CW Resources, Joan Rhinesmith. “Right now, we are in the midst of training the staff and identifying who will benefit from the program. There will be an assessment in 12 months by the Main Street (Community) Foundation.”
Phil Trivelli, an employment specialist, teaches job and life skills at CW’s Bristol Center.
The skills he teaches includes how to work as a team, listening, learning about local and world news and how to make change for a dollar.
“These new training modules will certainly enhance our program and ability to individualize training. We will be able to access the learner and see exactly where that person needs extra training,” said Trivelli.
John Davis of Bristol will be taking part in the training and working independently to augment his employment skills, while earning money at his job sorting bottles in the CW’s bottle shop.
“I like my job on the CW lawn crew and in the bottle shop, but the more I learn, the more opportunities I have,” said Davis.
Lorenzo Burgio can be reached at 860-973-5088 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.