C4 Receives Citation Award For Advancing Workforce Development

Chicago, IL -- Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), a behavioral health advocate and social service provider was awarded the prestigious Illinois Chapter Group Citation Award by the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP) at their 2005 Annual Spring Conference Awards Banquet Dinner on May 5, 2005 in Joliet, Illinois.

IAWP is a nonprofit educational association representing 17,000 professionals world wide who work in public and private workforce development programs. The association provides a variety of useful member services from its national office in Frankfort, Ky.

The Citation Award is one of the highest honors IAWP presents to individuals or groups who contribute to workforce development. It recognizes those who made outstanding contributions to the association or to workforce development programs. C4 was nominated by Bob Hellgeth from the Illinois Department of Employment Security Employer Services Division for its outstanding vocational training and placement services to C4 consumers and people in the community with disabilities.

For more than 30 years, C4 has provided a full range of outpatient behavioral health services designed to heal and help men, women and children who are struggling with mental illness, substance addiction, emotional trauma and the aftermath of violence. C4 serves a very diverse population of approximately 3,000 clients monthly and 7,000 unduplicated participants annually, 92% of whom are impoverished and 44% of whom have no insurance, including Medicaid or Medicare.

Vocational Training and Placement Services at C4 are designed to provide job assistance to consumers who desire to obtain employment opportunities in the community. This is accomplished by developing and fostering job readiness skills in the areas of employment counseling, job placement, skill assessment, resume and letter development, application and interviewing, professional image, job coaching and community voice mail services.

Currently, a wide variety of possibilities are available through subcontracted employment opportunities with Miracle Systems, Monarch Promotion, Just Manufacturing Co., Bradford Systems Corp., Living Colour Gardening Services, and Bird X, as well as in house vocational training at within C4. Since 2002, C4 has maintained an annual average workforce of 93 in various jobs with C4's vocational services.

In 2002, C4 was awarded a contract from the Defense Supply Center of Pennsylvania through its membership with NISH, (National Industries for the Severely Handicapped) to manufacture and supply over 200,000 US Army winter undergarments per year. Since then, a new contract has been added.

Since the original contract began in 2002, services expanded and this contract alone employs 178 individuals from C4 services and the community at large.

For more information on C4, please contact Marta A. Bailey at 773.765.0809.