Vocational Rehabilitation Management, Inc
Vocational Rehabilitation Management, Inc                                      

A Brief History

Vocational Rehabilitation Management, Inc. (VRMI) was established in 1983 by Jerry Jimenez and Marco T. Lenis, two long-time Hispanic community leaders and advocates in Rockford, Illinois.  VRMI works to provide bilingual, culturally-sensitive services for Hispanic with disabilities including migrant seasonal farm workers and their families in the areas of education, rehabilitation, and job placement.  VRMI takes a comprehensive approach to help Hispanic with disabilities obtain services to improve the quality of their lives and better their prospects for the future.   

In their work helping Hispanic with disabilities and their families further their educations and find employment, Lenis and Jimenez encountered that migrant seasonal farm workers once disabled and unable to return to their jobs in the fields, was almost impossible for a migrant workers often lack job skills to gain employment elsewhere. 

With the support of grants from the U.S Department of Education and the Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, VRMI launched its first project in 1984, conducting outreach to these populations with disabilities.  They performed job assessments and evaluations, and worked with employers throughout the state to match displaced migrant workers with jobs.  They developed partnerships with other organizations working to help migrants, including the Illinois Migrant Council, La Voz Latina, Illinois Migrant Education Program, the Illinois Community Health Program, the Illinois Association of Agencies and Community Organizations for Migrant Advocacy (IAACOMA), and the National Center for Farmworker Health.

VRMI was heavily involved in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, lobbying federal policy makers in favor of the act.  When the act became law, VRMI helped educate migrant farmworkers to comply with the requirements necessary to become legal residents, and, ultimately, citizens of the United States. 

Currently, VRMI with the support of the DRS counts with the following programs: the Adults with Disabilities Employment Program and the Migrants Seasonal Farm workers Program, VRMI’s staff works one-on-one with individuals with disabilities and their families to empower them to reach their employment, education, and independent living goals. Also, VRMI leads the Strategic Planning Program which its main goal is to implement a collaborative, strategic planning process to identify the resources and networks needed to enable DRS programs to be more proactive in improving the quality of current programs serving to the Latino community.

VRMI also works with several partners to develop and coordinate ESL and GED programs, tutoring and mentoring networks, and raise money for scholarships in communities throughout northern Illinois.  

VRMI’s current programs provide outreach to the Latino populations with disabilities in northern, central and southern Illinois. VRMI has conducted, or is conducting, programs in the following Illinois communities: Bloomington, Carbondale, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Harvard, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle-Peru, Murphysboro/Anna, Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford and Waukegan.

VRMI also offers services of translation and interpretation. Our team has an extensive experience in medical, legal, financial and engineering translations among other areas.

 

 

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