Since COVID-19 was announced as a pandemic, many employers across the nation have had to reconfigure how they do business and do so very fast. This means that hiring for short and long term positions is exploding for many businesses who are trying to meet the new demands. This also means job opportunities are expanding for both professional and entry level positions.
If you have considered returning to work but have held back because of your concern about your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits, now is the time to reconsider.
Many people with disabilities who receive SSDI or SSI benefits worry about earning income. Questions abound: Will returning to work end my SSA cash and medical benefits? Where do I look for work if I can’t do the same type of work that I did previously? How do I handle my disability when approaching an employer?
Good news! There is a free Social Security program called Ticket to Work, celebrating 20 years of success, that has been connecting job seekers on SSDI or SSI to employment network agencies who can help answer these questions and more. This means no more going about it alone!
The Ticket to Work Program has helped thousands of job seekers ‘test the waters’ of working again without risk to their cash benefits or health insurance. The free and voluntary program changes lives every day!
How do I know? As founder of Employment Options (MEO), we have been a part of hundreds of job placement success stories! For twenty years, we have been helping job seekers with disabilities find suitable employment as an approved Employment Network (EN) in the free Ticket to Work Program.
Moreover, many of our own staff have a disability and have used their ‘ticket’ to find work again and can relate to clients on a more personal level. They understand that a job is much more than just a paycheck!
Using Ticket to Work incentives and safety nets, Employment Options partners with national leading Work At Home and local community employers. We have thousands of jobs to help our partners fill with ready and able job seekers, including more Work At Home Positions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is easy to submit an application for our Employment Options’ Ticket to Work free services and jobs. Click this link to access our application which confirms eligibility in the program, including being between the ages of 18-64, currently receiving SSDI or SSI and wanting to return to work. We serve the program in 47 states.
Once someone becomes our MEO client, we assign them to a virtual ‘personal’ job counselor to work on job goals, provide suitable job leads, help with resumes, interviews, disability accommodations, moral support and more!
We also provide clients access to a staff Certified Benefits Counselor (CWIC) who is available to answer benefit related questions. This allows our clients to focus on the job itself with the full confidence of the program every step of the way!
So, if you think you are eligible (ages 18-64 receiving SSDI/SSI), don’t miss out on our realistic, gradual approach to returning to work, especially now with all the remote job opportunities being created as a result of the COVID-19 virus. There is no need to be overwhelmed or go it alone. The free Ticket to Work Program and Employment Options are here for you!
About the Author: Paula Vieillet is the CEO and Founder of Employment Options, an authorized ‘virtual’ SSA Ticket to Work Program Employment Network specializing in Work At Home and Onsite job placement services for those on SSDI or SSI.