Strive and GFS form workforce partnership


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Springfield: A number of individuals participating in the Strive@CRSI program / Clark Co. are now working under a contractual workforce training agreement with Gordon Food Services at the GFS Distribution Center located in the Prime Ohio Industrial Park off St. Rt. 41 East. The company pays each individual minimum wage and CRSI pays the job coach who accompanies them to the job site.

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Pulling the utility cart is Eric Norman while Leroy Wildman moves a pallet. Both gentlemen are from Springfield.

Individuals currently work three hours per day, three days a week, performing janitorial duties such as sweeping aisles and moving pallets in order to clean around them. Other jobs will be considered as each person is centered on job-training with the possibility of landing a future job with GFS.

“GFS is a great corporate partner, working with CRSI to provide meaningful job opportunities while expanding their workforce diversity,” says Dave Faulkner, director of day services for CRSI.

CRSI began its day services program, now known as Strive@CRSI, at its corporate headquarters in Urbana several years before developing the Clark Co. program located on North Limestone in Springfield. Since it’s inception in 2012, the Springfield program has grown to thirty-six participants. CRSI provides Clark Co. services that are coordinated with the Clark County Board of Developmental Services.