LANSING — The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) today announced the awarding of $112,347 in grants to Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids in Grandville to serve persons with disabilities in Kent County.
A grant of $37,730 will provide vocational assessment services in real life work environments.
A second grant in the amount of $54,222 will provide independent living classes, job placement and job retention support for inner-city high school seniors in transition from school to work and adult life.
A third grant of $20,395 will support a training academy where people with disabilities can learn the skills needed to compete in the retail job market.
“This grant will support critical services for persons with disabilities,” said Gov. Jennifer Granholm, “furthering our mission to promote economic and work force development, stimulate job creation, and enhance the quality of life for Michigan citizens.”
The grants are comprised of federal and state funds. The federal portion is funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The grants are issued by a bureau of DLEG, Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), which collaborates with agencies such as Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids in a mutual goal of assisting Michigan residents with disabilities into the work force. MRS operates 36 offices throughout the state that provide job preparation and placement services for persons with disabilities.