Hello and Happy New Year!
2019 was another strong year for the State Use WorksWonders Program, especially considering the increase in wages and benefits paid to individuals with disabilities who are employed through the Program.During the reporting period reflected in the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 2019 Annual Report, wages and benefits increased over $4 million from the previous fiscal year.
Additionally, of the nearly 6,000 individuals with disabilities employed through the Program for the 2019 reporting period, more than 300 of them – approximately 5.5 percent – were outplaced into competitive employment.
Last fall, administrative oversight of the WorksWonders Program was transferred within TWC to reside under the Office of Disability Employment Strategies. WorkQuest looks forward to evolving its relationship with TWC under this new administrative body in order to continue creating greater employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities across the state.
Of course, none of this growth would have been possible without the outstanding commitment of the WorksWonders Program’s community rehabilitation program (CRP) partners and devoted customers, and WorkQuest is honored to work alongside each of them. For their dedication to excellence and unwavering support throughout 2019—and during the past 41 years—we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation. We look forward to many more years of partnership with these fine organizations.
WorkQuest is excited to build upon all of these achievements in order to make 2020 the Program’s most successful year to date!