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Going to work in a job that you enjoy and are well-suited for has proven to be both therapeutic and beneficial overall, regardless of your ability level or life situation. Rise’s employment services offer the tools and resources you may need to achieve your personal and employment goals and live a self-determined life.

Rise team members can assist you develop an individualized career support plan to identify suitable job leads, find a job which interests and challenges you, and be successful in the career field of your choice. Staff can also assist you with writing customized resumes and cover letters, and completing job applications. If you would like practice with your interviewing skills or have staff accompany you to job interviews, they are happy to do so.

Once you have been hired in a new job, Rise team members can assist you and your new employer in several ways to help ensure your success. Perhaps you could benefit from job accommodations, one-on-one job coaching, or job-keeping skills training. Our team members are also available to provide training for the employer on disability-related issues.

If you are currently receiving government benefits such as Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Medical Assistance (MA), Social Security Income (SSI), etc., and are concerned as to how your earned income will affect them, Rise job placement staff can assist you with benefits planning. We will help you determine how to best maintain the medical and income assistance benefits you need and are entitled to while earning a paycheck. For more information, you can contact them by phone at 1-866-333-2466; or take a look at Disability Benefits 101.

Please take a few minutes to watch this video about how important going to work is for Kevin through Rise's Employment Pays! program in collaboration with Hennepin Health. Also check out this op-ed piece which appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on August 22, 2014, which highlights the benefits that going to work has on an individual and the community.

"Working overnights on merchandise stocking, the Walmart managers put us in the area they think we will do best. I usually work in groceries and the deli, but I've been all over. It's an awesome work environment. I think I fit in perfectly and they like my work."

Matt Lien, Walmart in Fridley

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