DVR in the News
Linetec - Wausau, 5/1/2014
DWD Secretary Reggie Newson toured Linetec and met with company staff and a
DVR consumer who was recently hired. In this picture, Secretary Newson learns
about the FM device that the employee, who has hearing loss, uses to communicate
DWD Press Release.
United Natural Foods, Inc. - Sturtevant, 5/13/2014
Secretary Newson met with leaders at the United Natural Foods, Inc (UNFI) to
learn about a partnership between multiple workforce partners that has helped
the company recruit and hire qualified candidates for their new distribution
center in Sturtevant.
DWD Press Release.
Project SEARCH Graduation, Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital - Marshfield,
Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch joined the interns of the Project SEARCH
program at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital for their graduation in Marshfield.
DWD Press Release.
DVR GEF-1 Fire Update
It has been nearly three weeks since the early morning fire in the Department
of Workforce Development's (DWD) central location in GEF-1, where DVR's main
office is located.
Based upon the initial inspections, it appears GEF-1 could be closed up to 8
weeks or longer. Throughout the GEF-1 closure, DWD has continued to operate
online services as normal, and all non-GEF-1 locations have continued to operate
Many DVR central office staff are working in the Dane County Job Center,
while others are working work from home or other alternate sites. All DVR
central office staff are available by email and, as was the case before the
fire, email remains the most effective way to reach central office staff.
Otherwise, DVR staff are accessibly by phone through landlines at their
alternate site or by cell phone.
If you need assistance reaching DVR central office staff by phone, you can
call the central office main phone number at 608-261-0050 during business hours.
Wisconsin PROMISE Services
A document was recently posted to the Wisconsin PROMISE website that outlines
the services that are available to PROMISE participants in your families.
This may be helpful to you as you work with youth and their families who may be
eligible and who have questions about PROMISE.
WDA 3 Wellness Fun!
By Kimberly Schwartz - VRC, Waukesha
On May 15th & 16th WDA 3 had a Spring Cleaning day. Where all CCCs and VRCs
were encouraged to take part of the day to clean up their working space. There
were awards given for most valuable and unusual finds, most trash, and most
creative clean up. Staff reported feeling relieved, de-stressed, and more
relaxed. The valuable finds were transition wheels. The unusual finds were an
old pink PO request, big DOT book revised '91, directory for a guide to human
services in Waukesha County from '90-'91, first DVR photo ID, Beta fish food
from Cindy's office pet, and very first GAR.
From May 1st to May 16th the Waukesha office had a food drive for The Women's
Center of Waukesha. The Women's Center provides a life-changing place where
women and their families can break the cycle of violence and abuse in their
lives. The idea came from Team Rehab and the will to want to do more community
outreach activities. To make it fun, Team Rehab then challenged Team Fast
Forward for the most collected items and double points were counted when the
high need items were donated. In two weeks' time, both teams were able to collect
over 370 items to donate!! It was a wonderful event that added humor, a little
friendly competition, and team work to the Waukesha office. The winners of the
drive was Team Rehab (by 16 points) but, of course, the real winners are The
Women's Center and all who they support in their mission.
DVR Staff Appreciation
Governor Scott Walker declared May 7, 2014 as State Employee Recognition Day
to recognize the work and dedication of state employees. Several DVR
offices joined the Governor in recognizing staff for their service to
Wisconsin's job seekers with disabilities and the businesses who recruit and
WDA 6 - DET and DVR staff in Wausau celebrated with Little Cesar's Pizza.
There were also celebrations in the Rhinelander and Wisconsin Rapids offices.
WDA 10 - During a staff meeting, each staff person was individually
recognized for their contributions during a PowerPoint presentation.
WDA 11 - DVR staff joined with Job Service staff and UI staff at the Rock
County Job Center in Racine for ice cream sundaes and root beer floats.
Thanks for a Job Well Done
Lorie Lange - Program Development Section Chief, Central Office
Email from the WDA 1 Teams
WDA 1 wants to thank Lorie Lange for providing very useful, timely
consultation and guidance on any number of fiscal practice questions we have
sent her way. Lorie always is highly responsive, and she has a very positive
communication style that is much appreciated. We have really benefitted
from turning to her as a go to resource when we grapple with fiscal questions.
Thank you, Lorie, for sharing your expertise with us!
Flora Bazzaz - VRC, Madison
Thanks for standing by me through these years I've spent as a consumer with
the DVR. I feel I'm finally reaching my goals in life. Five more
months and I'll have my 3 year requirement for experience for Accounting
(Finance). I've obtained this goal in a rather unorthodox way but what
does it matter as long as I succeed in my goals.
I realize I've taken longer than most consumers, but like I said to you in
our meeting ' some of us are square pegs and we don't all fit in a circle.
Some of us progress at different speeds. I'm glad the DVR and Empowerment
for Opportunity stuck it out with me because as an older adult, I now feel like
I've reached a goal of integrity in my life rather than one of despair. I
was a very fortunate individual that I didn't fall through the cracks in life
and I was able to realize why I have an existence on this earth.
I can never thank the DVR and Empowerment for Opportunity enough and I'm
truly grateful. I'm now confident that my goal is now within my reach, I
can see the horizon.
Evelyn Cummings - CCP, Central Office
The work that you and your colleagues do at CCP is tough stuff and you take a
lot from the field including me over the years. Thanks so much to you and your
colleagues for serving us so well, especially WDA 2. I know we are a huge
workload for you and your coworkers. Your entire unit is so patient with us and
Jenna Koleske - BSC, Waukesha
I would like to thank you for doing the mock interview with me. I have
got offered a full time job as a teller. I have been in training for about two
weeks and it is going well. I'm enjoying working there and have been learning
how to count the money, different bank transactions, and customer needs. This
will help me get the financial experience that I'm looking for.
Brooklyn Strong (VRC) and Bonnie Stewart (CCC) - Portage
Mostly I'm writing this e-mail to thank you and Bonnie for all the time and
help you have given me to keep my job and work with the problems I have.
For this I will forever be in your debt. I have never been helped so much
by anyone, at any time. You folks are great, far beyond anything I could
have dreamed or hoped for.
- Megan Herbig, VR Counselor, Elkhorn
- Virginia Wittman, Consumer Case Coordinator (Project), Dodgeville
- Mark Livingston, VR Counselor, Milwaukee South
- Stephanie Thompson, VR Counselor, Madison (Transfer from Jefferson)
- Lisa Vinh, VR Counselor, Madison
- Edna Bloomer, Consumer Case Coordinator, Milwaukee NE
- Jessica Corroo, VR Counselor, Waukesha (Transfer from West Bend)
- Larry Dresser, Section Chief, Central Office
- Emre Umucu, VR Assistant (LTE), WDA 10
- Kitty Belanger, VR Assistant (LTE), WDA 6
- William Arreola, VR Counselor, WDA 11
- Alan Gilbertson, VR Counselor, WDA 8
What's New/Updated on the Web
Partnership Plus Employment Network (EN) Addition:
- Creative Employment Opportunities Inc. serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties.
- As EN information is contained in some Closure letters, the following letter
has also been updated on the DVR Forms webpage (http://dwdworkweb/dvr/forms/default.htm).
- Closure Letter -
Rehabilitated - SS Recipient (DVR-17154-E)
- In addition, the following publication was updated as well: