The unemployment rate for people with mental illness is extremely high. 60-90% of Americans with a mental illness do not work, receive public aid, and have low incomes. Most people with mental illness want to work but need training to be employed in the community.
Anixter Center will respond to this problem by providing 36 adults with mental illness with basic job skills, supervised work experience in a canteen setting, and vocational training and placement for those seeking competitive employment.
Giving adults with mental illness fundamental workplace skills such as resume-building and interviewing will promote job placement and retention, increased self-sufficiency, decreased reliance on public aid, and will help participants sustain optimum mental health by building the confidence and self-esteem needed to contribute productively in the community. One in five of greater Chicago's 9.2 million residents lives with a mental illness.