The Wheels4Work (W4W) program was designed as a collaborative effort to provide vocational training, employment readiness skills, partnerships with local businesses interested in employing well-qualified Arc clients, clients applying for employment, and W4W providing reliable transportation.
In 2019 through a generous grant from Bank of America and the Helen & Murray Main Foundation, along with support from the Williamsburg Community Foundation, The Arc began a relationship with Williamsburg Landing and Windsor-Meade Senior Living Communities who were interested in hiring Arc clientele. These communities provided job descriptions in several entry-level positions in which they had experienced high turnover and were seeking a more reliable and stable employee. The key component of these relationships was a level of understanding and transparency that would lead to a job situation that was equitable for our Arc clients and beneficial to their organization.
Once clients are hired to a position, they have the benefit of contacting Access Williamsburg, a one-call center, and providing their schedule for the week which then results in the scheduling of a driver to take them to and from work. Access Williamsburg is a partnership between The Arc, Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) and Peninsula Area on Aging (PAA). 67% of Americans with the ability to work, but do not, they lack reliable transportation.
This is an exciting new program for The Arc and one that continues to grow and evolve. We are working to obtain future funding to expand our day program, Arc of Abilities, and to enhance our vocational and life skills training programs. We continue to build partnerships with businesses ready to work with our clients with special abilities. In addition, we are always looking for well-qualified drivers to support the transportation component of W4W.
For more information, please contact The Arc’s Executive Director, Pam McGregor, at email@example.com or call 757-229-3535.