JumpStart is an employment and career development service available to any transplant recipient, candidates, parent of a transplanted child, spouse/significant other, or living donor. JumpStart counselors work one-on-one with clients in determining their needs, abilities, and assisting in finding appropriate employment.
After receiving my heart transplant, I enrolled in the JumpStart Program and received financial support to take Certified Nursing Assistant Classes. Now, I have a career I would never have been able to achieve without the JumpStart Program and assistance from GTF.
-Sherry C, Heart Transplant Recipient
JumpStart helps the organ transplant community through its employment services, strategic partnerships and educational resources.
Since healthcare benefits are a primary contributor to post-transplant well-being, JumpStart makes every effort to support clients in meeting insurance needs through full-time employment. Additionally, the program can assist clients with part-time work while maintaining their Social Security benefits.
JumpStart services include:
- Identifying career options.
- Defining job search goals.
- Identifying transferable skills to allow transition to a new field of work.
- Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and worksite modification protection.
- Partners with Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services.
- Pre-employment skills analysis.
- On-the-job training opportunities.
- Job readiness- preparing for the interview process (resume and interview skills).
- One-on-one coaching to help launch a successful job search.
- Referral to educational programs and training.
- Navigating Social Security Administration work incentives.
- Utilizing skills assessment tools.
While JumpStart is not a placement service, it does provide clients with the tools necessary to prepare them for employment. All services are customized for the organ transplant community and are tailored to meet the specific needs and career level of each client.
ELIGIBILITY & RESOURCES
To qualify for the JumpStart Program you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Georgia resident.
- At least 16 years old.
- Meet one of the following criteria:
- Be an organ transplant recipient.
- UNOS-listed organ transplant candidate.
- The spouse of a transplant candidate or recipient.
- The parent of a transplanted child under 21.
To begin the application process, please fill out the Referral Form below. Once completed, the program's career counselor will be in touch with you to begin the process and to answer your questions.
If you prefer to mail-in the Referral Form, please download it and once completed, mail it to the Georgia Transplant Foundation at the address listed below:
Georgia Transplant Foundation
Attn: JumpStart Program
2201 Macy Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
Education and Training
- Georgia’s colleges and universities
- College Advice & Job Trends in Georgia
- Georgia Dept. of Technical and Adult Education (Oversees the state’s system of education colleges, the adult literacy program and a host of economic and workforce development programs)
- Employment & Training Administration (Training opportunities)
- Georgia Virtual Technical College
- Technical College System of Georgia (GED Overview)
- Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (Assisting people with disabilities to work)
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Access to laws, regulations, guidance and local office contact)
- Benefits Navigator Project (Information about how work will affect your Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and your Supplemental Security Income (SSI))
- Social Security Administration (Full-service contact link for benefits, direct answers and information)
- Ticket to Work (Provides most people receiving Social Security Benefits more choices for receiving employment services)
- S. Dept. of Labor (Job and Training resources)
- Georgia Dept. of Labor (Includes information for job seekers, employers, news, regulations, statistics, and contacts.)
- Dress for Success (Provides interview suits, confidence boosts, career development to low-income women.)
- Goodwill (Provides job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages.)
- CareerBuilder (Allows the user to search by category of job.)
- Experience Works (Senior workforce services.)
- Insurance Quotes (Health Insurance Resources)
For more information about the JumpStart Program or to start the enrollment process, please fill out the form below to the best of your ability. The program’s career counselor will be in touch with you shortly to begin the process and to answer all of your questions.