Disabled clients who suffered job-related injuries or physical ailments hope to learn new skills through the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center on Haley Road.
TRC manager Jan Bush watches as clients assemble iPod charger packages. From left are Bush, Jacob Cantrell, Jeff Neal, Timmy Grisham, Jason Goodman and Rachael Lowe.
TRC manager Jan Bush said the staff works with about 700 clients.
“Going to work and being successfully employed is our goal,” Bush said.
She explained the center’s role during an open house Tuesday during Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Clients may obtain services from a couple of weeks through 18 months. Programs are tailored for individual needs.
They may search for jobs online and complete applications. The staff teaches clients how to dress for job interviews and disclose their disability. Staff members work with clients in preparing resumes and practicing interviews.
Staff members work with employers to match clients with jobs.
TRC also operates a workshop for some 20 clients who do contract work for industries such as Smurfit-Stone in Murfreesboro and Griffin Technology in Nashville.
Clients assembled iPod charger packages for Griffin Technology Tuesday.
“It feels good to put people back together,” Bush said.
Industries who have potential work for the workshop clients may contact Bush at 898-8088.