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1/25/2019 Member News

Mayor Kriseman to Cut the Ribbon at New Facility for Non-Profit PlacementWorks

For immediate release

Contact: Christy Brown, President, PlacmentWorks

(727) 798-4564 christy@placementworks.com

 

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Mayor Kriseman to Cut the Ribbon at New Facility for Non-Profit PlacementWorks

 

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PlacementWorks, a non-profit placement agency dedicated to helping people with disabilities to become employed, has recently moved their facilities.

“PlacementWorks has moved and upgraded our offices, and so we are now having an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.” says Christy Brown, President of PlacementWorks.  “It’s going to be a Mardi Gras style celebration with live music, cocktails and great food.”

 

The new location of PlacementWorks is 4422 Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, 33711.  The ribbon-cutting celebration will be from 4PM until 8PM, Friday, February 8th, with Mayor Rick Kriseman and Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher performing the ribbon-cutting honors at 5PM.  

 

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Mayor Kriseman and Chamber of Commerce President Steinocher

 

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Mayor Rick Kriseman and Chamber of Commerce President Chris Steinocher will officiate the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5PM.  Mayor Kriseman has been an ardent supporter of persons with disabilities becoming employed, attending numerous public events to celebrate these efforts for several years.  He is a speaker at the annual Disability Employment Awards Celebration (DEAC), held every October here in Saint Petersburg. “I can’t begin to tell you how vital the Mayor’s support has been to PlacementWorks, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and all of our Tampa Bay employers who do the hiring.  It’s truly a beautiful effort from so many hard-working people,” says Mona Andrews, Director of Employment Services at PlacmentWorks.

 

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“Working is what works”

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“Working is what works! People with disabilities get better more quickly when engaged in purposeful activity. As a licensed mental health counselor, that realization inspired me to found the non-profit PlacementWorks.  Since then, we have placed thousands of people with disabilities in jobs in the Tampa Bay area,” says Ms. Brown.

 

Ms. Brown’s passion is providing services and supports specific to each person with a disability to promote employment success. She is an advocate and educator to employers with a focus on Abilities, not the disability of the person.  She sees and knows the value in employers hiring persons with disabilities, thus the company motto: “We believe there is a job for everyone”.

 

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It’s a smart business decision

 

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Hiring people with disabilities increases profit, lowers costs and improves employee morale and productivity.  Not only has that been the experience of our clients’ employers, it is also nationally recognized. Studies by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Labor, DePaul University, and corporations including 3M, PepsiCo, Merck, and AT&T have borne this out.  Also, 87% of the population prefers to do business with organizations that hire people with disabilities. 

Customers with disabilities and their families and friends represent a trillion-dollar market segment. When your employees mirror the market, you gain a lasting customer base.  Finally, when an employer hires a person with a disability, they receive a wide variety of financial incentives, one of which is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

 

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We make it easy for you

 

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We partner with our employers, making sure our clients’ transition and training goes smoothly. Fewer than 25% of people with disabilities require special accommodations, and we facilitate that for you.  Most accommodations are made with little or no cost - and may be paid for by Vocational Rehabilitation.  Our employers frequently mention how easy and simple the placement process was for them.  They express appreciation for the fact that we are available 24/7 and how we respond quickly and take immediate action.

 

BACKGROUND:

Christy Brown is the President/Director of PlacementWorks.  She founded PlacementWorks in 2000 and partnered with the Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide services that would facilitate persons with disabilities to become successfully employed. 

Ms. Brown is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; Certified Vocational Evaluator and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

 

ATTACHED PHOTOGRAPHS and CAPTIONS:

 Christy Brown Head Shot

“Christy Brown, President of the non-profit PlacmentWorks”

New PlacmentWorks Facility 4422 Central Avenue

“The new location of PlacementWorks at 4422 Central Avenue”

PlacementWorks Ribbon-Cutting Announcement Flyer

“The ribbon-cutting flyer being distributed by PlacementWorks”

 

Mayor Kriseman at Winn-Dixie

“Mayor Rick Kriseman celebrating progressive employment practices at Winn-Dixie, joined by Winn-Dixie management and employees, along with PlacementWorks staff.”