By Ariana Estes

LFSVA was recently awarded a grant from the Sam and Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation to help facilitate services to students ages 14 to 21 who need support and education as they transition from school to adulthood.

Thanks to the funds from this award, LFSVA’s Supported Employment Services will begin working with eligible Roanoke Minnick School Main Campus and Roanoke Minnick School Vocational Campus students to provide guidance around referral services. This can include paperwork and benefits, services provided by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, guardianship, and more.

“Parents are often overwhelmed by the complexities of ‘the system’ and aren’t sure where to start when accessing services. We want to create a transition assessment to help identify what goals students have after graduation and then help link them with supports in the community to help them achieve those goals,” says Ashley Thompson, supported employment services coordinator for LFSVA.

This is an exciting next step for the Support Employment Services program, which was established less than two years ago.

Learn more about the Supported Employment Program here.