UpLIFTD's mission is to assist persons with disabilities and the disadvantaged in achieving their goals of self-sufficiency through their desired employment. UpLIFTD strives to be the best private nonprofit vocational rehabilitation agency in the state of Louisiana by serving the most clients with the highest quality services and the most successful outcomes.
1979 Beaumont Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Vocational Rehabilitation is broken down into three main program sectors including job readiness/placement, supported employment and time limited job coaching. In the job readiness/placement program participants receive training in a professional classroom setting that builds a foundation of skills to compete in a competitive job market. The supported employment and time limited job coaching programs are designed to provide community based employment for individuals with significant disabilities. Both programs include all basic job skills training with job coaching after placement; however, only in the supported employment program is extended follow along provided. Time limited job coaching is primarily for clients who do not require follow along, but still need short-term job training and supports.
All the clients in our vocational rehabilitation program must have a documented disability, whether it be physical, mental or behavioral. These individuals are typically receiving social security benefits and wish to begin working on their own to no longer rely on government subsidies and instead become self-sufficient. Due to their disability they are either unaware or not able to find gainful employment on their own and require the assistance of a rehabilitation vendor, such as UpLIFTD. These clients want to contribute to the community and want to give back and use our vocational rehabilitation services to begin earning a livable wage and support themselves.
MB is a consumer referred to UpLIFTD by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. His disability is the result of an auto accident that caused him severe back and neck injuries. In addition, he suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and is insulin dependent. MB gave up his lawn care business after his only means of transportation broke down. When he was referred to UpLIFTD his only source of income was food stamps and he was in desperate need of job placement services.
There were several barriers MB needed to overcome to maintain employment. His lack of transportation was paramount, but he also never graduated high school and only had an eighth-grade education. However, he did have a valid driver's license and was extremely motivated to work. He expressed great concern about no longer taking money from family members and instead wanted to be fully independent. MB is also a single father raising two young girls. He is very protective of them and wanted a job where he could be close to home in case something happened with his children.
MB was very focused on his job search and relied on the services of UpLIFTD to assist him in building a resume, completing job applications and preparing for interviews. He was cooperative and respectful throughout the assessment and during the job search. He was never late for appointments, in fact, he walked to one interview and rode a child's bike to another. After applying with BREC MB was offered a position as a Maintenance Tech at the Baton Rouge Zoo. He was ecstatic! The job is full time and offers health benefits, which is exactly what MB dreamed of achieving. The zoo is also very close to his home so he can walk to work if needed and be able to check in on his girls if something happened. MB is proud of the work his does and excited to be earning his own money. He is now able to support himself and his children, something he feels would not have been possible without the job services offered by UpLIFTD. He is about to reach his one year anniversary at his job and is anticipating a promotion.