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					     SOUTHEAST                                            FACT SHEET ABOUT SERVICES
     TENNESSEE                                PROVIDED BY THE AGENCIES THAT COMPRISE
    PLACEMENT                            THE SOUTHEAST TENNESSEE PLACEMENT CONSORTIUM.
    CONSORTIUM

                            The A.I.M. (Achievement, Independence, & Motivation) Center is a non-profit
     AIM CENTER             organization providing psychosocial rehabilitation services to adults, 16 years and older,
 1930 McCallie Avenue
 Chattanooga, TN 37404
                            diagnosed with a mental illness. Located at the corner of McCallie Ave. and Orchard Knob
  Phone: 423-624-4800       Ave., the "clubhouse" uses a work oriented program. "Members" participate in the work-
                            order day, side by side with staff, to carry out the daily operational requirements of the
        CADAS               clubhouse.     AIM Center also offers supported employment, education, and housing
   207 Spears Avenue
  Post Office Box 4797
                            services. Contacts: Connie Plavich, Admissions, 624-4800 ext. 113: Rob Lawrence,
 Chattanooga, TN 37405      Supported Employment, 624-4800 ext 112; Jodi Bensley, Program Director, 624-4800 ext
  Phone: 423-756-7644       137. Email address: Robert@aimcenterinc.org.
      CARING, INC.
     300 Ridley Drive
    Jasper, TN 37347
                            CADAS -- Chattanooga Area Drug & Alcohol Services – delivers the highest quality
  Phone: 423-942-1800       treatment, prevention and educational services to the chemically dependent, their families
                            and the community at large. CADAS operates a pre-adolescent/adolescent treatment unit,
 CHATTANOOGA AREA           adult in-patient treatment unit, transitional living unit, and out-patient clinic services.
     CHAMBER OF
       COMMERCE
                            CADAS also provides related services such as vocational evaluations and job placement
    1001 Market Street      activities. For more information, please contact Jerri Farmer (ext. 131) or April Black (ext
  Chattanooga, TN 37402     115) at (423) 756-7644 or email at info@cadas.org.
   Phone: 423-756-2121

      CORPORATE
     CONNECTIONS
                            Caring, Inc., matches employer’s individual labor needs with job applicants with a wide
 311 M. L. King Boulevard   range of abilities and skills. Applicants range from high school seniors to seasoned skilled
  Chattanooga, TN 37403     workers, to graduates of college and technical school programs. Some of the services
   Phone: 423-634-6725      provided are: vocational evaluations, work adjustment training, community based on-the-
 GA DOL / VOC REHAB.
                            job training, job development and placement services and school-to-work transition services
 202 West Villanow Street   for high school students. Caring, inc. Serves the Marion, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea &
  LaFayette, GA 30728       Grundy counties. For more information, please contact: Christine Hopkins, at (423) 942-
  Phone: 706-638-5536       1800.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES
   3500 Dodds Avenue
 Chattanooga, TN 37407      Chattanooga Goodwill's Employment & Training Division offers mobile vocational
  Phone: 423-629-2501       evaluations, work adjustment training, job readiness training & job placement services.
                            Work adjustment training can incorporate computer skills training, data entry training,
IND. LIVING CENTER OF
       MIDDLE TN
                            receptionist training, assembly work & custodial training. Job readiness consists of 20 visits
     5708 Uptain Road       in which participants will participate in a job club, learn how to read help wanted ads,
 5800 Building, Suite 350   interviewing skills, resume skills and job retention. Also, assistance with developing job
  Chattanooga, TN 37411     leads, filling out applications, and developing appropriate transportation. Goodwill also
   Phone: 423-580-5669
                            offers its clients vouchers to purchase work clothing from one of our stores. If you have any
ORANGE GROVE CENTER         questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Melody Adams at (423)
    615 Derby Street        629-2501 ex: 246 or email melodya@goodwillchatt.net.
 Chattanooga, TN 37404
  Phone: 423-629-1451

    PRIORITY ONE
                            Corporate Connections is a University of Tennessee marketing initiative grant funded by
   1855 Executive Park      the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services to develop resources for business leaders
  Cleveland, TN 37312       that promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Corporate Connections
  Phone: 423-479-4170       provides businesses with education on issue such as disability awareness and job
    SIGNAL CENTERS
                            accommodations. In addition, this service links employers and local community resources
 109 N. Germantown Road     to assist business in recruiting qualified candidates to fill employment needs. Successful
  Chattanooga, TN 37411     disability employment practices are highlighted through public relations and marketing
   Phone: 423-698-8528      activities to promote the benefits of employing people with disabilities to other business
  SISKIN HOSPITAL
                            leaders across the state. For more information, please contact Carol Martin at (423) 634-
    One Siskin Plaza        6725 or email at cmartin6@utk.edu.
 Chattanooga, TN 37403
  Phone: 423-634-1534
                            Georgia Department Of Labor/Vocational Rehabilitation Program: is a federal/state
    TN DIVISION OF
   REHABILITATION
                            funded program providing services to help individuals with disabilities enter or return to
        SERVICES            employment. It is designed to help individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities
 311 M. L. King Boulevard   compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood. Services are available for Georgia
  Chattanooga, TN 37403     residents, age 16 and older. For information, please contact the LaFayette Vocational
   Phone: 423-634-6700
                            Rehabilitation Office at 706-638-5536 or 1-800-233-2567.
THE VITAL CENTER, INC.
  1302 S. Willow Street
 Chattanooga, TN 37404      Independent Living Centers of Middle TN -- has received a grant funded by Social
  Phone: 423-624-0025       Security for the Benefits Planning, Assistance and Outreach (BPA&O) Project. This
     VOLUNTEER
                            initiative is to educate and assist individuals with disabilities receiving SSI/SSDI, and those
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES         who support them, to anticipate and plan for changes that may occur in their state and
     TEAM (VEST)            federal benefits as a result of employment. If a recipient wants to return to work but is afraid
    420 Bell Avenue         of what will happen to state and federal benefits, they should contact a Benefits Specialist to
 Chattanooga, TN 37405
  Phone: 423-634-8884
                            receive information on the different "Work Incentives". The Benefits Specialist for this area
                            is Mary Barrett, 423-580-5669, 423-892-9866 fax.


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     SOUTHEAST
     TENNESSEE
    PLACEMENT               Orange Grove Center provides services for those with Mental Retardation and Learning
    CONSORTIUM              Disorders. Job Training opportunities available on-site in the areas of maintenance/janitorial,
                            cafeteria, assembly/production, and heavy equipment including Fork Lift and Skid Loader
                            Certification. Community enclave sites available for assessments/ training. Orange Grove staff
                            also provides services in job readiness training, work-adjustment training, job placement,
     AIM CENTER
 1930 McCallie Avenue
                            supported employment and trail work experience. Transportation services are coordinated by the
 Chattanooga, TN 37404      Community Supports Department. For more information, please contact O'Dell Tiller or Tera
  Phone: 423-624-4800       Roberts 629-1451. Email addresses: OTILLER@EARTHLINK.NET or Tera78@hotmail.com.
        CADAS
   207 Spears Avenue        Priority One is a Division of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care Systems serving Bradley and
  Post Office Box 4797      Polk Counties. We provide supported employment services for individuals, age 18 and above.
 Chattanooga, TN 37405
  Phone: 423-756-7644
                            Services include job development and placement, job counseling, and job coaching and
                            assistance, where needed, with personal tasks such as hygiene, clothing purchases, etc. The
      CARING, INC.          Agency maintains communication with the client and (with client's approval) with the employer
     300 Ridley Drive       and client's family. Agency personnel also assist (where needed) in the development of social
    Jasper, TN 37347
  Phone: 423-942-1800
                            skills necessary to the workplace. For more information, Contact: Woody Pearson, Executive
                            Park Drive NW Cleveland, TN 37312 or Phone: 423-479-4170           Fax: 423-479-0340. Email
 CHATTANOOGA AREA           address: wpearson@vbhcs.org.
     CHAMBER OF
       COMMERCE
    1001 Market Street      Signal Centers offers a variety of services for students preparing to enter the workforce. We
  Chattanooga, TN 37402     conduct classroom training in job search skills, as well as on-site training at several local
   Phone: 423-756-2121
                            businesses. The skills and interests of each are matched to specific jobs. We assist each student in
      CORPORATE             making informed choices about their personal career path. Each student is assisted in creating a
     CONNECTIONS            workable resume. Instruction in filling out applications and participating in interviews is also
 311 M. L. King Boulevard   covered. Our staff carries out personalized job development for each student when they are ready
  Chattanooga, TN 37403
   Phone: 423-634-6725
                            to go to work. Students are assisted in job placement and training on the job they acquire. There
                            are follow-along services for ninety days after the date of hire, during which each student has
 GA DOL / VOC REHAB.        access to their consultant during all hours they are working. Contact Carolyn Boyd at 698-8528
 202 West Villanow Street   or email at Boyd@signal.Chattanooga.net.
  LaFayette, GA 30728
  Phone: 706-638-5536
                            Siskin Hospital’s Vocational Services Department provides vocational evaluation services
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES
   3500 Dodds Avenue
                            which are performed by Master Degree level Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC).
 Chattanooga, TN 37407      Supported employment, job placement and trial work experience services are provided for
  Phone: 423-629-2501       people with disabilities who are ready to enter the workforce but require assistance from a
                            certified vocational employment specialist. Finally, the Community Re-Entry Services (CRS)
IND. LIVING CENTER OF
       MIDDLE TN
                            program is a day-treatment program for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. In CRS, clients
     5708 Uptain Road       receive Pre-Vocational Behavioral Skills Training, Therapeutic Recreation Services, independent
 5800 Building, Suite 350   livings skills and job readiness services that enable them to go or return to work. For more
  Chattanooga, TN 37411     information, contact Janice Cruden, Vocational Services Supervisor, at (423) 634-1534 or email
   Phone: 423-954-1800
                            at jcruden@siskinrehab.org.
ORANGE GROVE CENTER
    615 Derby Street
 Chattanooga, TN 37404
                            TN Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal/state-funded program providing
  Phone: 423-629-1451       services to help residents of Tennessee with disabilities enter or return to employment. It is
                            designed to help individuals of work age with disabling physical and/or mental disabilities
    PRIORITY ONE            compete successfully with others in earning a livelihood. Services are available for all residents
   1855 Executive Park
  Cleveland, TN 37312
                            of the State of Tennessee. For more information, please contact Andy Bible at 634-6705 or
  Phone: 423-479-4170       email at Andy.Bible@state.tn.us.

    SIGNAL CENTERS
 109 N. Germantown Road     The Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, through the Tennessee department of
  Chattanooga, TN 37411     rehabilitation services, serve residents in Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, McMinn and Meigs counties.
   Phone: 423-698-8528      These services include help with educational training and accommodations to complete training
  SISKIN HOSPITAL
                            and to enter into employment. If necessary we can do evaluations to determine the appropriate
    One Siskin Plaza        accommodation and also, with additional criteria met and approvals, the purchase of these
 Chattanooga, TN 37403      accommodations. We also provide independent living services (adaptive living skills at home,
  Phone: 423-634-1534       orientation and mobility training to use local transportation sources), and medical treatment if
    TN DIVISION OF
                            needed. For more information please contact Karen Buff at 423-634-6737. Email address:
   REHABILITATION           Karen.Buff@state.tn.us.
        SERVICES
 311 M. L. King Boulevard
  Chattanooga, TN 37403     Vital Center, Inc., is the region’s only comprehensive facility dedicated solely to meeting the
   Phone: 423-634-6700      rehabilitation needs of people who are experiencing vision loss. All members of the
                            rehabilitation staff have completed an accredited masters program in a specialized field of vision
THE VITAL CENTER, INC.
  1302 S. Willow Street
                            rehabilitation. Services provided by the Vital Center include: Daily living skills, communication
 Chattanooga, TN 37404      skills, adaptive computer training, Braille instruction, orientation and mobility training, job
  Phone: 423-624-0025       readiness, training and employment services, support group and evaluations and
                            recommendations for appropriate accommodations. For more information, please contact: Julia
     VOLUNTEER
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
                            Anderson at 624-0025.
     TEAM (VEST)
    420 Bell Avenue
 Chattanooga, TN 37405
                            Volunteer Employment Services Team (VEST) through Joe Johnson Mental Health Center
  Phone: 423-634-8884       serves mental health clients who want to enter or re-enter the work force. Services provided
                            include: supported employment, individual job development & placement, individualized job
                            carving, extended follow-along services, and intense job coaching. For more information, please
                            contact Lisa Loomis at 634-8884.

				
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