Bobby Dodd Institute recognized at both state and national levels for helping veterans transition to the civilian workforce.

 

BDI received the Performance Excellence in Hiring Veterans with Disabilities Award from Source America and the Award to Enhance the Lives of Disabled Persons from the American Legion, Georgia Department.

 

May 16, 2017 (ATLANTA, GA) –Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI) was recognized on both the national level by SourceAmerica and the state level by American Legion, Georgia Department, for its work in providing employment, career counseling, job training, and job connections services to veterans. BDI was presented the 2016 Performance Excellence in Hiring Veterans with Disabilities Award on May 3, 2017 at SourceAmerica’s national conference in New Orleans. American Legion, Georgia Department recognized BDI with the Award to Enhance the Lives of Disabled, and the award will be formally presented June 17, 2017.

 

“Bobby Dodd Institute is honored to receive these awards, and we are proud to work with veterans and help them achieve career success” said president and chief executive officer Larry Gluth. “Their service is invaluable to our country and helping them find post-military careers supports our mission to empower people and change lives. We are grateful for the opportunity to aid the people who have already given so much of their lives to our country.”

 

SourceAmerica creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities through a national network of nonprofit agencies and presents the Performance Excellence in Hiring Veterans with Disabilities award annually to organizations in its network that demonstrate outstanding outreach and support in recruiting, hiring, and training veterans with disabilities. The award focused on the unique relationship between BDI and medical supply distribution company J & B Medical Supply which creates jobs for veterans with disabilities. Since engaging BDI to staff and operate its customer service call center in 2015, J & B has grown by 25 percent while also providing 49 jobs for veterans and people with disabilities and disadvantages. Outsourcing J & B’s call center to BDI is a win-win – it allows the company to focus on its core competencies, while also creating good jobs for veterans.

 

“It is a great feeling to work with two companies who are committed to aiding the people who have already given so much of their lives to our country,” said call center manager Cass Johnson, a former Marine who has been employed by BDI since August 2015.

 

The American Legion, Department of Georgia also recognized BDI with the Award to Enhance the Lives of Disabled persons for its work with veterans during the 2016 fiscal years. This is the second year that BDI has received this award in recognizing its excellence in training, hiring and providing career pathways for veterans with disabilities. BDI takes a holistic approach to supporting veterans with disabilities. Veterans prepare for a transition to the civilian workforce by participating in soft skills training and specialized job training opportunities in high growth industries. BDI also connects veterans to paid jobs with community employers and recruits veterans to work in its social enterprises.

 

“BDI presents veterans with opportunities to apply their skills and work ethic in a successful civilian career,” said chief operating officer Megan Branch. “The call center operated by BDI for J&B Medical Supply is one way we have been able to open the door to new careers for veterans from all branches of the military. BDI is grateful to have partners like J & B, American Legion, and SourceAmerica that share our commitment to expanding opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities to work.”

 

In addition to call center operations, BDI offers business solutions for companies including facilities maintenance (janitorial and landscaping), warehousing and logistics, mailroom operations, and staffing services. Companies that hire BDI gain a business partner dedicated to customer service while also creating good jobs for veterans and people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

 

  

About Source America

Established in 1974, SourceAmerica creates job opportunities for a skilled and dedicated workforce of people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica is the vital link between the federal government and private sector organizations that procure the products and services provided by this exceptional workforce via a network of more than 1,000 community-based nonprofits. Headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, SourceAmerica provides its nonprofit agency network with business development, contract management, legislative and regulatory assistance, communications and public relations materials, information technology support, engineering and technical assistance, and extensive professional training needed for successful nonprofit management. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne-authorized enterprise.

 

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