Training Opportunities and Community Resources

Resources

A compiled range of free resources to help you get started and guide you along the way to finding a rewarding career at a company that is inclusive of all abilities.

 MassHire Holyoke Career Center Workshop Calendar

https://masshireholyoke.org/events-calendar/

Find other workshops and events that can help you improve your skills and job opportunities.

Unemployment information

https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-unemployment-benefits

 

If you need to file an unemployment claim please contact (887)626-6800

Social Security for Jobseekers

https://choosework.ssa.gov/about/get-started-today/index.html

https://choosework.ssa.gov/index.html

Access to Employment Support Services for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want to Work

WISE Webinars (Work Incentive Seminar Events)

WISE webinars are online events held for people who are age 18 through 64 and receive Social Security Disability benefits. You’ll learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. WISE webinars are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Register here for the October 21 Webinar: https://choosework.ssa.gov/wise?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

The Red Book serves

https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/index.html

As a general reference source about the employment-related provisions of the Social Security Disability for educators, advocates, rehabilitation professionals, and counselors who serve people with disabilities

 

Social Security online

 https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/

Online services to give you freedom and control when conducting business with Social Security.

 

American Disability Act.

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam

The ADA, the Civil Rights Division has been at the forefront of enforcing its protections and vindicating the rights of people with disabilities across the country.

 

 Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-rehabilitation-commission

The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) helps individuals with disabilities to live and work independently. MRC is responsible for Vocational Rehabilitation, Community Living and eligibility determination for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) federal benefits programs.

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-commission-for-the-blind

MCB provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to Massachusetts residents who are blind, leading to their independence and full community participation.

The Department of Developmental Services

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/department-of-developmental-services

The Department of Developmental Services provides supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder to enhance opportunities to become fully engaged members of their community.

The Department of Mental Health

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-mental-health

The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages; enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts

https://www.foodbankwma.org/

Find food pantry or free meal during COVID-19 crisis

Resume review tips

https://blog.gettinghired.com/2019/6/how-to-customize-a-resume-to-get-more-interviews

Seven seconds. According to a 2018 Eye-Tracking Study, that’s the average amount of time a job recruiter spends reviewing a resume.

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

https://www.mass.gov/snap-benefits-formerly-food-stamps

You may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides a monthly benefit to buy nutritious foods.

Massachusetts Government Services

https://www.mass.gov/topics/health-social-services

Massachusetts offers services and resources to keep you and your loved ones healthy, safe, and happy. Find out how we can support you.