May 1st, 2018

People take career breaks for a number of different reasons. Some take voluntary breaks to pursue schooling or to care for their children or other family members, while others have breaks forced on them due to illness, addiction, or disability. These breaks can be relatively short, or they can stretch on for 10, 15, or 20 years and beyond. But no matter the length or precise reason for the break, this group faces significant challenges when they do decide it’s time to go back to work. And…

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April 23rd, 2018

I Do it To Make A Difference The simple answer is because my clients have told me what a difference I’ve made in their lives. In the last week I’ve seen three different clients – all with different backgrounds, different disabilities and different experiences – change their lives, set goals, face challenges, look at multiples options and find their path to rebuilding their future. The rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say, is that I’m a mom with an adult daughter with…

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March 5th, 2018

It’s a Common Question When we begin our job-placement process with new clients, one of the most common questions we hear is, “how will my earning affect my benefits?” This is an important topic, especially if you want to avoid overpayments. Fortunately there are a few helpful resources you can use to navigate the wage reporting issue. The Social Security Administration recently published a blog post – which you can read here – containing updated benefit information and link to wage reporting…

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February 13th, 2018

Ticket to Work Portland, Oregon

I received this bookmark from a friend recently and it reminded me that we may never get there but the steps we take, the experiences we have, and the relationships we establish make a significant difference in our journey. Those of you who are involved in the Ticket to Work Program are embarking on a journey that will change your lives forever. And the decisions you make along the way – what I like to call the who, what, when, where, and why – will be critical to your success. Who You…

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