EFWorks is a vocational program, piloted in March of 2017, by the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia in partnership with UCB Inc. EFWorks is geared towards helping individuals living with epilepsy in finding gainful employment through a two-part approach – clients & employers. From the client perspective, EFWorks provides services like job readiness training, personal-social adjustment, job placement and follow up services – all at no cost to the client. The employer perspective focuses on building strong partnerships with various employers throughout the Metro Atlanta area while educating them about the disorder and the various incentives that come with hiring an individual with epilepsy. Some of EFWorks’ employer partners include Walgreens, Publix, Cox Media Group, Kroger, Boys and Girls Club and Georgia State University.
UCB, Inc. and the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia Helping Through EFWorks
- To date, EFWorks has served 145 clients and currently have 30 actively job searching.
- Partnerships have been created with 80 employers throughout the Metro Atlanta area.
- EFWorks has placed 34 individuals in gainful employment since the program’s creation.
Jennifer came to EFWorks having recently moved from Las Vegas. She made a career for herself working as an accountant for MGM Grand Casino; however, a recent spike in her seizure activity post-divorce forced her to relocate back home to Atlanta with her parents. Her goal was to find a part-time position outside of her field, to ease herself back into the labor market. After working with the staff at EFWorks, Jennifer was successfully placed at a café near her new apartment, where she is working as a barista and cashier.
Amber was EFWorks first client and successful placement, coming to us after having been turned away by other vocational agencies due to her having extensive cognitive and physical impairments. She was so excited to participate in job club and worked very hard to obtain the skills necessary for employment. Our staff was able to secure a nonpaid internship at her local Walgreens, where she was later hired for a permanent position.
Peter was working part time at Publix and was looking to advance his career into management. Our staff was able to advocate on his behalf, and he was soon promoted to a full-time position in his desired department.