NW Works Inc

Empowerment through Employment

WINCHESTER, VA   |  www.nwworks.com

Mission

Our mission is to empower adults with disabilities and individuals with barriers to employment to build skills and secure and sustain meaningful employment.

Ruling year info

1971

President & CEO

Debera Taylor

Main address

3085 SHAWNEE DR

WINCHESTER, VA 22601 USA

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EIN

54-0880043

NTEE code info

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NW Works’ programs and services are designed to meet the diverse needs of individuals who are 17 years of age or older and have long-term disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, physical challenges, traumatic brain injury, and hearing and vision impairments. We also work with those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), veterans with disabilities, and those with other barriers to employment. NW Works, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves these underserved populations in Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, and other neighboring counties.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

INDIVIDUALIZED SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT

Individuals in this program are supported in selecting, securing, and sustaining employment within the community, and they are trained and assisted by Employment Service Coordinators until they achieve their career goals. In collaboration with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the individual and their Employment Service Coordinator work with a Vocational Counselor to identify the amount of assistance needed to learn job tasks and meet their employer’s expectations. Hours for this program are flexible to meet the needs of the individual and the employer.

Once an individual and their support team (which includes the employer, employment service coordinator, case managers, parents, and advocates) determine that an individual can complete the essential functions of their job tasks, long-term follow-along support may be provided to ensure ongoing success.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission at NW Works is to enable adults with disabilities and individuals with significant barriers to employment to gain training and secure and sustain meaningful employment.

NW Works is proud to partner with dozens of businesses in Winchester and throughout the broader DC metro region. We welcome any opportunity to provide service that offers meaningful work for our clients with disabilities and other barriers to employment. We know that businesses, from local restaurants to healthcare providers to global manufacturers, are finding it difficult to hire trained staff for entry-level, high-value functions. We believe people with barriers to employment are an untapped resource.

NW Works is uniquely positioned to recruit, train, place, and support workers. Our clients answer the workforce challenges businesses face during peak seasons, when technology or automation cannot solve a specific production need, or when a particular process is too labor-intensive and must be outsourced. Our clients deliver guaranteed quality and on-time service completion. As businesses that provide jobs for those who traditionally have difficulty finding and sustaining employment, partners also benefit from the chance to give back and strengthen the community as a whole.

NW WORKS PARTNERS WITH PROJECT SEARCH
This globally recognized program, which originated in Cincinnati, OH, at a local Children’s Hospital, was initially designed to provide a solution to turn-over issues in the emergency room department. As the program began to develop, the focus shifted to creating training opportunities for high school students with disabilities as they prepare to graduate. This highly successful program expanded from Ohio to several other states in the US and to other countries as well and is now available in Winchester, VA.

The Project Search effort in Winchester is a collaborative group working with the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, NW Works, local community services boards, Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester City Public Schools, and Valley Health Winchester Medical Center. Through this collaboration, students in their final year of school are eligible to participate in three different internships, each lasting nine weeks. Graduates of the Project Search program gain important job skills and often attain employment prior to or immediately following completion of the program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The individuals we serve are adults in the Northern Shenandoah Valley who have either a documented disability or another barrier to employment, such as transportation issues, undocumented disabilities, or are participating in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. We serve individuals over the age of 17, including some students between the ages of 17-22 who have an Individualized Education Plan and are transitioning from school into the workforce.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    After receiving feedback from stakeholders (clients, guardians of clients, business partners, etc.), we launched a Diversity and Inclusion Committee to ensure we were making those issues a priority, especially since our organization is deeply invested in creating a more inclusive society for people with disabilities. We also are taking steps to update the phone systems in our offices and redesign our website contact form to ensure stakeholders trying to contact our team are able to reach us.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our leadership team,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NW Works Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Kozlow

Richard Kozlow

Ellen Mason

Samir Jhaveri

Joel Stopha

Joel Smith

Ann Wadsworth

Andrea Koenker

Russ Fowler

Stephanie Fincham

Bobby Herndon

Aaron Martin

Kevin Lakin

James Burton

Justin Dennis

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability