Toolworks Connecting ability to opportunity Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:46:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Toolworks’ Project Search featured in SFGate! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:16:23 +0000 Check out the stories of three of our interns at Toolworks’ Project Search program at UCSF in this great article from SFGate:

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Aging and Disability Resource Center at Toolworks! Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:35:18 +0000 Read more]]> Toolworks, in partnership with San Francisco’s Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) is pleased to announce its newest program, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). ADRCs are designed to provide seniors and adults with disabilities one-stop access to information and referral services. Need resources on housing, employment, social security? Toolworks’ ADRC can assist you with these and much more! Stop in and visit one of our ADRC Information and Referral Specialists today! Our ADRC office hours are M,T,TH,F from 8:30-4:30.

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Clients of Note – November Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:34:44 +0000 Read more]]> Toolworks has exceptional clients in every one of our departments. Each month we celebrate two of our most positive and active clients with our VIP of the Month award.

As an intern at Bakeworks since March, Rachel Lofton has shown great enthusiasm on the job. Rachel has been a member of our Community Integration program for eight years, since the program for hearing individuals began. In this program, where folks with disabilities learn ways to travel around the city and engage in volunteer work, the focus is on connecting people with disabilities to their community and on building independence.

Rachel has had great success in Community Integration and has since moved onto an internship at Bakeworks where she has been very willing to learn new tasks and always with a big smile on her face. She is meticulous in her personal hygiene and is an all around all-star.

Melanie Bautista, one of our Concord Community Integration clients, joined the program in 2012 and volunteers weekly at the Concord Library. While working toward achieving the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Melanie is always focused and dedicated. She has improved her social skills by researching conversation starters and now greets everyone in her group first thing. She is independent, as evidenced by her taking the bus or driving herself to program, and she is always working on developing that independence further.

Congratulations to our VIPs for the month of November!

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A New Resource for Job Seekers Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:16:34 +0000 Read more]]> Toolworks’ newest program, the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), is built to improve communication between state and local employment and training programs to increase employment options for people with disabilities.

Our team primarily supports San Francisco’s Comprehensive and Neighborhood Access Points, offering job assistance and training resources in American Sign Language, Cantonese, and Spanish in addition to English. DEI started operating under Toolworks in June of 2013 and has already started making a difference in the community.

One of our first job seekers, Laxmi Lwin, provides a clear example of the types of people who are benefiting. Laxmi, a Nepalese immigrant, started to find her customer service oriented job at her family’s restaurant was no longer a good match as she started to lose her hearing.

Though a multifaceted approach focused on developing Laxmi’s communications skills, finding hard-of-hearing support groups, practicing interviews and working on cover letters, she was able to build the confidence and skills necessary to start looking for work. After discovering what types of positions she was most interested in pursuing, our team helped her apply to several hotels in San Francisco.

In short order, she landed a full-time position as a lead housekeeper in Union Square, where Toolworks kept working with her and her employer. Our team coached her on how to disclose her hearing loss to her employer, educated her on employee rights, and offered solutions to her and her employer to ensure her success.

After months of uncertainty, Laxmi is now assured in her new position and ready for the future.

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Clients of Note – October Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:40:20 +0000 Read more]]> Toolworks has exceptional clients in every one of our departments. Each month we celebrate two of our most positive and active clients with our VIP of the Month award.

A member of our Janitorial Services program for many years, Garland Miller works at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. At the Court, where Toolworks has employed a team of ten janitors for over 25 years, Garland has distinguished himself as VIP due to his reliability and dependability on the job. He maintains a perfect attendance record, rolls with any changes in procedure, and keeps up strong friendships with the rest of the staff. 

In our 10-week Janitorial Training program on Treasure Island, we recognized Carl Jones as VIP of the month as he is extremely passionate and focused on the quality of his work.

Carl is one of the 20 trainees who graduated from our program this past year and has continued to work steadily on small contracts on Treasure Island. He has made considerable improvements in the quality of his work and has also increased his speed. He adapts well to different tasks and locations and he always makes himself available on short notice. 

Congratulations to our VIPs for the month of October!


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