Progressive Employment

Saturday, July 23, 2016 @ 9am

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Julie Rabinowitz
Director of Policy, Operations
and Communications
Maine Department of Labor

Libby Stone Sterling
Assistant Director

Maine Department of Labor
Division of Vocational Rehabiitation

Progressive Employment Program –

The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services of the Maine Department of Labor works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Our Progressive Employment program meets the needs of employers and Maine youth with disabilities by matching them to employment-related activities. We work with selected youth to identify strengths, interests and career goals and then identify employers that offer career opportunities in the young person’s field of interest. Employers may participate through:

Job Tours: Let youth see what your business is all about!

Interviews: Offer a young job seeker an opportunity to practice interview skills or, better yet, let them interview you to find out more about you and your business.

Job Shadows: Invite a youth to see jobs at your business in action.

Work Experience: Provide a work experience to help a youth gain skills, with wages and workers’ compensation paid through DVR.

On-the-Job Training: Hire a young person and have some initial training costs offset.

Sometimes Progressive Employment activities lead to a job offer but there is no expectation that an employer do so.


Bureau of Rehabilitation Services |

Services for employers who are looking to hire or accommodate a current employee with a disability |

Information about Vocational rehabilitation services for youth |

Client stories with employer input (short videos) describing Vocational Rehabilitation |


Bark in the Park Event

Saturday, July 16, 2016 @ 9am

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Deborah Farnham
Embrace A Vet

COME TO BARK in the PARK at the
Portland SEADOGS on JULY 16!

Embrace a Vet’s mission is to provide direct and supportive services to Maine Veterans(and their families) living with symptoms of PTS(d) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury and their families. We are an all-volunteer, working board with a passion for serving our Maine veterans.

Deborah Farnham is a retired business executive who spent the past 20 years helping families buy and sell real estate. She has also been owner and manager of a bed and breakfast in Maine and served on the board for The American Red Cross, chairing the Human Resource Committee.

Since retiring, Deborah had been searching for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity.  She had become increasingly aware of the personal struggle and hardship our military veterans  encounter  as a result of PTSD and TBI,  and how overwhelmed our government is in  trying to care for  them.   Enthusiastically, she welcomed the opportunity to become a member of the board, bringing her people skills  and energy to our efforts.
Deborah  is married to Navy Commander (Ret) John Farnham and together they have 4 sons and 7 grandchildren.