Dekko Foundation awards up to $25K in matching funds to Cardinal Services

News Release

WARSAW ─ Cardinal Services recently learned Dekko Foundation
will match $1 for every $1 raised (up to $25,000) in support of Cardinal’s Pre-
Employment Transition Services program (Pre-ETS).

Pre-ETS is a workforce readiness program for students ages 14 to 22. The grant will help
Cardinal’s Pre-ETS program will serve 300 students with intellectual/developmental
disabilities in Kosciusko, Steuben, DeKalb, and Whitley counties.

Students will develop both soft and hard skills to prepare them for the job market. With
guidance from Cardinal, students will identify their skill strengths and develop job-specific
skills. In addition, they will be nurtured in their social skills, communication, and self-
advocacy among other skills needed for successful employment and independent living.

Services that Cardinal will implement with the students include work-based learning, job
exploration and shadowing, self-advocacy, and post-secondary counseling.

Cardinal will also provide counseling and support for the student’s caregiver, schools, employers, and other community partners. The project also includes new virtual opportunities for job training, skill building and exploration through an economic development platform that provides immersive simulated job training in a variety of fields.

“Working with students for these years prior to their leaving school will give them the jump
start they need to launch into a successful life,” said Cardinal Services Executive Director,
Vickie Lootens.

“It will also benefit our community, providing a pool of young employees
who are skilled and ready to work,” she said.