Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Migrant farmworkers with Disabilities Employment Partnership

The Migrant farmworkers with Disabilities Employment Partnership is a program funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration to expand vocational rehabilitation services into the migrant and seasonal farmworkers community.  The current grant was awarded in 2007 and will provide funding for up to five years.  The primary focus of this project is to provide outreach services to locate migrant farmworkers with disabilities who might qualify for services from the agency or who might benefit from services from other agencies.  The ultimate goal of this program is to create a process of referrals and service provision among existing agencies so that when the grant funding ends, migrant farmworkers with disabilities will continue to receive the services they need. The grant currently concentrates services in Central Kentucky where a large population of migrant and seasonal farm workers exists. The service area consists of those counties that include and surround the cities of Lexington and Richmond. The project is a partnership of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Kentucky Business Leadership Network, the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, Goodwill Industries™ of Kentucky, and Kentucky AgrAbility.

Contact Information

Dave Matheis
Project Director
502-782-3420 (direct)
800-372-7172 (toll free)

Erin Hopper
Project Coordinator

Israel Avelar
Outreach Worker in Scott, Woodford, Jessamine, and Franklin Counties

Esperanza Rivera
Outreach Worker in Fayette, Bourbon, Madison, Clark, and Harrison Counties


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Last Updated 1/6/2014