2002-11-16 / Community

FEDCAP Honors Congressman Weiner

FEDCAP Honors Congressman Weiner

In recognition of National Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) Week, Fedcap recently honored individuals and Federal agencies who partner with Fedcap to create jobs for people with disabilities at a reception held at the Jacob Javits Federal Building at 26 Federal Plaza in Manhattan. Fedcap, a not-for-profit organization, welcomed Congressman Jerrold Nadler as a special guest and recognized Congressman Anthony Weiner as a JWOD Congressional Champion.

The JWOD Program offers services and products to the Federal government through community rehabilitation programs, like Fedcap, that train and employ people with disabilities. National JWOD Week is held in October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of the JWOD Program to the employment of people with severe disabilities.

"Today, we are here to thank the Fedcap partners who make the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Program a reality. JWOD is one of government’s most effective programs, addressing the more than 70% employment rate among people with disabilities. Nearly 40,000 Americans with severe disabilities have jobs through the JWOD Program," said Susan Fonfa, Executive Director of Fedcap.

"Fedcap is one of the largest participants in the JWOD Program in the United States with more than 340 people with disabilities employed through our 19 contracts with nine federal agencies," she continued. Under the JWOD Program, Fedcap workers are employed as custodians, grounds maintenance workers, mess hall attendants and general office workers ay locations including the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Jacob Javits Federal Building, Fort Wadsworth, and the Federal Courthouses at 40 Foley Square and 500 Pearl Street.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who represents the Eighth Congressional District, greeted the approximately 100 gathered guests. "During the week we celebrate the JWOD Amendments, congratulations to Fedcap and Susan Fonfa for their extraordinary work," said Congressman Nadler. "The work of Fedcap helps people with disabilities make positive contributions to our society, but just as importantly it makes people feel good about themselves."

On behalf of Fedcap, Susan Fonfa saluted Congressman Anthony Weiner who represents the Ninth Congressional District for his continuing support of the JWOD Program. Congressman Weiner was honored as a JWOD Champion for his efforts in support of the program, which included meeting a delegation from Fedcap in Washington, D.C., touring Fedcap Headquarters on 19 Street in Manhattan and sending a letter to President Bush urging him to encourage all Federal agencies to become involved with JWOD.

Ms. Fonfa also acknowledged the Federal agencies who have contracts with Fedcap through the JWOD Program, including: Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Supply Center Philadelphia who use Fedcap’s Industrial Services to produce distress light markers for the U.S. military; General Services Administration, Federal aviation Administration, National Parks Service, Social Security Administration, United States Army, United States Coast Guard who contract with Fedcap Building Services to provide custodial, ground maintenance and mess attendant services; and the United States Department of Agriculture and United States Environmental Protection Agency who utilize Fedcap Office Services for data entry and complete mailroom operations.

The Javits-Wagner-O’Day Program (JWOD) offers services and products to the federal government through community rehabilitation programs that train and employ people with severe disabilities. This vital program provides opportunities for economic self-sufficiency to the most underemployed segment of our society, made possible by the 1971 JWOD Amendments adopted by Congress. JWOD is a coordinated effort on behalf of the Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH – Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities.

NISH is the non-profit organization designated by the Federal Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled to assist community rehabilitation programs obtain federal contracts and ordering agreements. Fedcap is one of the largest JWOD employers in the nation, with contracts obtained through NISH that provide gainful employment for 340 people with severe disabilities. Most are graduates of Fedcap’s comprehensive training programs.

Founded in 1935, Fedcap is a national leader, a provider of comprehensive vocational services and an employer of people with disabilities and disadvantages. Fedcap, a not-for-profit organization, helps New York City work. Through training, jobs and outsourcing services to business and government, Fedcap has helped thousands of people transform their lives and successfully enter the workforce.

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