The UP Employment Initiative is a unique pilot program and partnership, with the Barbara Stone Foundation, Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group, and Hospitality America, aimed at developing a world class workforce initiative for the inclusive employment of people with disabilities.
Hospitality America will hire eight individuals with disabilities to work at one of their four hotels in Greenville, as well as one intern to work in a professional capacity. A job liaison will assist participants by supporting them as needed and facilitating a professional cohort. Participants will be paid a competitive wage, and have options for customized employment if needed.
To learn more about the initiative or if you are a job seeker or want to learn more about the initiative, please fill out our interest form.
In 2023, the UP Employment Initiative will be starting a year-long “Professional Cohort” for employees who are a part of the UP Employment Initiative, and anyone in the disability community, who wants to participate, provided they are interested in and committed to future employment. Participants of the professional cohort program will meet on a monthly basis to learn and discuss topics that focus on personal and professional development, leadership skills, professionalism, employment skills, and more, by utilizing real life examples as often as possible. Meetings may include icebreaker activities, team building activities, professional development focused activities, sharing various resources, group discussions, and the opportunity to meet speakers and professionals in the community who can share their knowledge and experience.
If you are only interested in participating in the professional cohort, please contact Hadlee Hoeksema (UP Employment Job Liaison) or Lara Ceisel (Executive Director of the Barbara Stone Foundation), to seek information.
A: The UP Employment Initiative is a unique pilot program and partnership, with the Barbara Stone Foundation, Windsor Aughtry Hotel Group, and Hospitality America, aimed at developing a world-class workforce initiative for the inclusive employment of people with disabilities.
A: Hadlee Hoeksema is the Job Liaison for the UP Employment Initiative and is responsible for assisting all stakeholders who participate in the UP initiative, including employers, employees, and support partners (e.g., family members, case managers, etc.)
A: The job liaison is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
Working with employees to create individualized professional and personal goals, specific to their employment and independence
A: As a participant of the UP Initiative, we expect the following:
A: The Job Liaison and the UP Initiative participant will work together to find the most suitable fit for employment. The Job Liaison will continue to provide resources and connections to other possible employment opportunities.