Vocational Rehab agency helps disabled workers get jobs

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and employees of the Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Pitt County are working to raise awareness for their services and all that people with disabilities have to offer local employers.

Gloria Leak, Counselor-In-Charge and John Kramzar, a Business Relations Representative, dropped by WITN News at Sunrise to share a bit about what they do if someone needs help finding employment and how they work with local employers.

"We try to get to know them a little bit up front to see exactly what their needs are and then we do what we can to support them and provide services that will help them overcome the barriers they have as it relates to employment," Leak said.

"We can match up employers, we do pre-screenings, followups and sensitive training... we also have some incentives that we can use, internships -- we actually pay for the internships -- on the job trainings, there's a work opportunity tax credit, WOTC, that for-profit businesses can get for hiring target groups and our consumers are in that target group," Kramzar said.

You can get in touch with the Vocational Rehabilitation agency by calling 252-830-8560 or visiting http://www.ncdhhs.gov/dvrs.