Alumni

 
 
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“Once an EPRA alum, always an EPRA alum,”

We often say to graduating clients, “Once an EPRA alum, always an EPRA alum,” which simply means that we are invested and interested in your ongoing vocational success, and are available to you for services going forward. Such services might include job coaching, resume retrieval, job upgrade assistance, and/or general support.

Employment Retention Services

EPRA understands that it’s not just about getting the job—it’s about keeping the job. Once an individual obtains employment, new challenges and stressors may arise. Employment Retention Services aim to help clients successfully navigate their new employment and make the right moves toward advancement. Counseling services, resume revisions, and career advice are available to EPRA alumni.

Incentives for Documenting Your Employment

When you land that first job after attending EPRA, we want to stay in touch with you during that important first six months, and hope you will stay in touch with us. In order to facilitate that process, we are happy to offer a five-day MetroCard to recent EPRA alumni who are able to provide us with a copy of a pay stub at four separate points in time during the first six months of employment. Please contact us at 212.947.1471 for details.

 
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JOB PLACEMENT

Applicants demonstrating the ability to benefit from Job Readiness Training and/or Job Placement services work with an EPRA employment specialist on preparing for and accessing job opportunities. The employment specialists work in groups and individually with clients on resume development, online applications, tapping into the hidden job market, and enhancing interviewing abilities. Assistance in acquiring basic computer skills for job search is also available to clients in our Job Placement phase.

Employment Retention Services

EPRA understands that it's not just about getting the job - it's about keeping the job. Once an individual obtains employment, new challenges and stressors may arise. Employment Retention Services aim to help clients successfully navigate their new employment and make the right moves toward advancement. Counseling services, resume revisions, and career advice are available to EPRA alumni.

Incentives for Documenting Your Employment

When you land that first job after attending EPRA, we want to stay in touch with you during that important first six months, and hope you will stay in touch with us. In order to facilitate that process, we are happy to offer a five-day MetroCard to recent EPRA alumni who are able to provide us with a copy of a pay stub at four separate points in time during the first six months of employment. Please contact us at 212.947.1471 for details.

 
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INTERNSHIPS

EPRA is an approved field site for a number of graduate mental health counseling and certified rehabilitation counseling programs in the area, through which it is able to offer a small number of 600-Hour second year Internships in conjunction with students’ academic program requirements. At times, EPRA is also able to offer a small number of 100-Hour Practicum opportunities to undergraduate applied psychology juniors and seniors; and to first year graduate students in appropriate programs. The application process for both is competitive. For consideration, please send your resume and cover letter, including a statement about why you are interested in developing your skills at EPRA. Please send correspondence to: internships@eprany.org.

Outreach Services

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EPRA is dedicated to the idea that the best interpersonal environment for recovery is a "melting pot" of men and woman recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. EPRA clients represent the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of New York City. The common experience of recovery helps clients provide each other with valuable support.

Admission Criteria

EPRA's program is designed to support and provide you with the resources necessary for attaining employment. In order to qualify for our program you must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Total abstinence from alcohol and all illicit drugs

  • Unemployed or underemployed

  • Over the age of 18

  • Resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City

  • Ongoing involvement with treatment or recent successful completion

  • Housing and financial stability

  • No medical or emotional conditions that would prevent employment

  • Demonstrate appropriate level of insight and coping skills needed to address vocational issues in a group setting

  • Additional documentation may be needed (e.g., psychiatric and/or medical evaluation, proof of eligibility to work in the U.S., etc.)


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Are you in housing transition?

Your’e not alone. EPRA can help. No matter where you are living, or whatever situation you find yourself , the team at EPRA are there for you 24-7.

Call 212) 947-1471

 

EPRA is a resource to the Business Community

From taking job orders to screening applicants, from on-site interview scheduling to completing government incentive paperwork for you, EPRA will work with you to meet your hiring objectives. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependance, alcoholism and substance abuse costs employers an estimated $81 billion in reduced productivity annually. For employers, EPRA is a resource which provides reliable, motivated, and well trained candidates who know the value of work, are eager to learn, know how to overcome obstacles and solve problems, have demonstrated records of excellent attendance and punctuality, and who are committed to contributing to a positive work environment.

Some of the opportunities available for busy business owners are shown below. We will help you put the pieces together from screening through hiring and retention.

·  New York State Federal Bonding Program

·  New York State Employer Tax Credit Information

·  Work Tryout and On The Job Training Programs

·  EPRA placement services and consultation services are provided at no cost to the employer.



 

Testimonials

 
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RECOVERY IS…

Recovery to me is freedom. The freedom to explore new possibilities and opportunities. The decision to come into recovery (and the process I am experiencing as a result) is the best decision I have ever made in my life. It holds me accountable for every decision I make. It allows me to focus on how I can help make people around me better and whole. It helps me to be responsible in my life. Before beginning my sober journey, I did not know that being responsible and accountable can be so rewarding. It is giving me endless opportunities in my professional life; and in my personal life, it allows me to meet, talk to, and learn from good, inspiring and encouraging people who are also traveling on their sober journeys.

EPRA laid the foundation for my learning how to be a worker among workers. I learned about showing up, about being punctual, about presenting myself professionally, and about preparing myself for the workforce. All I had to do was stay focused on my purpose, be open-minded to new ideas, and learn how to work well with others.

All of this has only benefitted me in both my professional and personal life. I am forever grateful for a place like EPRA, where people there are introducing recovering men and women into the world of endless opportunities.

 
“I’ve learned various things about my strengths and limitations in dealing with others as well as myself. But most importantly I got friendship and support from my peers.”

“I got so much out of this experience. It showed me that I hadn’t lost a lot of knowledge that I thought was gone. I learned so much about myself.”
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Since 2007, when I first came to EPRA, my recovery has never been without support. With the help of EPRA and VESID, in the fall of 2008 I went back to school. At 40 years old, having decades earlier sworn that I’d never go back to school, and not having been in a structured environment for years, I nervously and begrudgingly made the decision to go back. I knew that in order for me to make progress in my recovery and move on towards the future rather than continue to stagnate, I had to go back to school. In 2011, after two and a half years of class work (graduating with a 3.9 GPA) and passing six separate mandatory certification exams, I received my aircraft mechanics certificate.

After school comes work. My resume was in bad shape. I had graduated from EPRA in 2007 and contacted them in 2011 for help. They welcomed me back and helped me get my resume up to date. I landed a job in Florida in January 2012 but was fired after only eight months. All the while, however, I maintained my sobriety and I stayed in contact with my counselor at EPRA. They supported me even though I was a thousand miles away.

Back to New York in 2013 and as soon as I arrived I was walking through EPRA’s doors once again. After my Florida experience, my confidence was low. I doubted myself and it became obvious from my unsuccessful job search in Florida, that my interview skills were pretty poor. But with the support and encouragement of my counselor, I reworked my resume, practiced my interview skills and on October 1st, 2013, I’ll be relocated once again to start a new job.

My recovery has had its ups and downs. It is a work in progress. Often, admittedly, it’s difficult. But despite the challenges I’ve encountered along the way, with support and perhaps a little perseverance on my part, I’ve continued to work at my recovery and maintained my sobriety. As a result, I can say that only so long as I choose to continue working at my recovery, will my recovery continue to work for me.
— WF