Reaching Out to Students

Aubrey, a woman supported by EBI, was recently recognized by The Independent for her work with elementary school students in Pleasanton. To read the full article and learn how Aubrey helped teach children about expressing themselves and overcoming communication challenges, click here.

Happy 5th Anniversary CCT!

Happy 5th Anniversary California Community Transitions (CCT)! EBI’s CCT program, which supports individuals living in nursing facilities to transition back into the community, has had amazing growth and success over the last 5 years, and has had a huge impact in the lives of many. Keep up the good work!

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Project SEARCH Wins Program of Excellence Award!

Lori Kotsonas, EBI's Director of Supported Employment Services & Patti Taggart, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland's Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Liaison to Project SEARCH, accepting the award at the Hospital Charitable Services Conference and Awards Banquet in Atlanta.

Lori Kotsonas, EBI’s Director of Supported Employment Services & Patti Taggart, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Liaison to Project SEARCH, accepting the award at the Hospital Charitable Services Conference and Awards Banquet in Atlanta.

Congratulations UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland for winning a “Program of Excellence” award for Project SEARCH! Since its start at Children’s Hospital Oakland in 2008, Project SEARCH has dramatically raised the bar for employment of individuals with developmental disabilities. With at least an 80% job placement rate for each graduating class, its graduates are earning, on average, 80% above the Federal minimum wage and 65% of them receive health benefits through their employers. EBI is honored to be part of an exciting, productive partnership with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Congratulations on being recognized with this prestigious award, and thank you for the wonderful work you do! To learn more about the Jackson Healthcare Hospital Charitable Service Awards, click here! To learn more about Project SEARCH, click here!

 

Employment: Thinking Outside the Box

Meet Julie! Julie is a Community Living Assistant, where she supports an individual with a disability to participate fully in his community. She does wheelchair transfers, provides personal care, and assists with community access. What makes Julie unique is that she herself is an adult with a disability, currently receiving support services. To read Julie’s story, click here.

Thoughts and Images from EBI’s First Twenty Years

EBI is so grateful for all of the wonderful people who have supported us over these last 20 years. In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we asked families and individuals to share their stories and photographs with us. We were very touched by the heartfelt responses. These thoughts and images were collected into a book, which was presented to EBI’s Executive Director in honor of this 20-year milestone. We also had a PDF version made, so we could share it with all of you! To view, please click here: Testimonial Book 2014.

Special Recognition for UCSF Benioff Children’s Project SEARCH Program

Children’s Project SEARCH program was selected as a finalist in the Jackson Healthcare’s annual Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program that recognizes hospital programs that impact America’s underserved in sustainable ways.  UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is one of just two hospitals in California, the only children’s hospital in California, and one of 5 children’s hospitals in the country to be a finalist.  Finalists for the 2014 season were selected from a pool of nominees that spanned 35 states and included 208 programs from 183 hospitals.  Award recipients—designated as Programs of Excellence—will be announced at a banquet after the national hospital charitable services conference on February 5, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia.