MorEmployment Presented a Community Conversation about Building a Strong and Inclusive Workforce at a lunch meeting at HERO House on May 6.
Tha Newcastle Chamber joined the conversation with MorEmployment, local legislators, business leaders and other Chambers of Commerce to explore ways to build a more inclusive job market in King County for individuals living with mental illness.
As part of our conversation, we explored the following topics:
- Available tax credits for employers.
- Supported Employment is Good Business
- How to achieve diversity in the workforce.
- The changing mental health landscape, the move towards a recovery based model, and how employment is the key to success.
We learned how and why local business leaders have the greatest potential impact. And we also shared ideas on creating partnerships between businesses and employees with mental disabilities.
“A job is much more than just a paycheck.It is a way to increase self-confidence and rejoin the community! The workplace provides a safe place to grow and thrive as a person. It also allows employers to see the real contributions of employees with mental disabilities. The employees gain a stepping stone toward stable employment and the employers get, in return, motivated workers.
It is a win-win situation when employers give employees an opportunity to prove their worth. Employers are also contributing to the long-term health of both individuals and the community. Recovery is possible and also probable with creative programs such as Supported Employment.”
The mission of MorEmployment Partners is to improve and expand employment for individuals living with mental illness. MorEmployment represents dedicated individuals from local city governments, mental health community agencies, consumer advocacy groups and human service organizations.
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From HERO House Website:
HERO House is the name of our clubhouse. We provide educational, vocational, and social opportunities to its members – adults recovering from mental illness. HERO House is proud to be one of 7 clubhouses in Washington State, one of more than 300 clubhouses in the United States, and one of 400 clubhouses in 17 countries around the world. The mission of HERO House is to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of adults with mental illness in East King County. Our goal is to help members achieve and sustain satisfying, meaningful roles and lives in the community.
– Imelda Dulcich, Executive Director, Newcastle Chamber of Commerce.