Changing jobs after an injury: Eve Jones

Ms. Eve Jones was assigned to Intensive Services for Low-Income after she stated that she has not held a job for almost a year after she was injured on her job site, and had received surgery to place pins in her back.  She stated that she had applied for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and was eligible.  Even though she was not identified as a Disabled Veteran, the DVOP had to enter in her Employment Development Plan her physical restrictions. 

DVOP referred Veteran to Franklin County Veteran Service Office to help her with immediate financial assistance to assist her with paying some of her bills as well as rent.  She has one child that is living with her, and she is a single parent.  Ms. Jones stated that she could no longer perform electrician requirements which included pole climbing and was limited to only being able to lift anything under 25 lbs.

Her employment goal was to change her career to something that was related to Electrical Technician or repair, something that would allow her to not climb up high places.  Mr. Michael Simpkins (Program Manager), an associate and partner at the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (COWIC) provided the lead and Ms. Jones followed through, interviewed and was hired. 

Ms. Eve Jones found employment through the Great Columbus Convention Center as a Maintenance Repairer earning $18.22 hour.  She now has the opportunity to work 80 hours a week, and receive full benefits after 90 days.

Veteran Denk has been working for McGean for a week now and told Veterans Workforce Specialist Josh Collins and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist Mike Ellis that the job is fantastic. He is now planning for the purchase of a home for his family. Veteran Joe Denk and Greg, his father, stated that they are “very thankful” for the work that the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Veterans Program provided to put Joe and his family in such a promising life situation. 

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