visionsBuildingN14911 Hannahville B-1 Rd. Wilson, MI 49896 Phone: (906) 466-2959 Fax: (906)723-2598 Project VISIONS is a vocational rehabilitation program for Native Americans with disabilities living on or near the reservation. All services enhance the employability of eligible participants and help people achieve personal, educational and vocational skill development, resulting in appropriate employment with tribal programs and enterprises, and on or off reservations businesses. Project VISIONS can help clients become employed or keep a job they may already have by offering many support and educational services. Each year, VISIONS assists many tribal members with disabilities to find and maintain employment. Staff members are available Monday-Friday to assist Tribal Members who are unemployed and have a documented physical or mental disability. The center also has a computer lab that is available for use for educational and employment related purposes. Computer classes are also offered and are open to any community members or tribal employees

About Project Visions

VCSign The purpose of Project VISIONS, as funded by a federal is to:

  • Provide vocational rehabilitation services to tribal members with disabilities who reside on, or near, the Hannahville reservation.
  • Provide serves that are consistent with the tribal member’s individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, and informed choice.
  • Provide encouragement and assistance to tribal members preparing for gainful employment on or off the reservation, which may include self-employment, telecommuting and business ownership.

Services

If you are eligible for project VISIONS you may receive:

  • Vocational Counseling
  • Vocational Evaluation/Career Exploration
  • Job Seeking Skills Training
  • Job Development
  • Physical Aids
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Other federally approved services needed to find and keep a job.

Service provision is coordinated with other agencies and programs, including Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Michigan Works!, Indian Health Services, and other tribal programs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for our programs you must:

  • be an enrolled member of the Hannahville Indian Community, or
  • be enrolled as a member of a Federally recognized tribe, and live on the Hannahville Reservation, and
  • have a documented physical or mental disability, and
  • have a desire to work and actively participate toward an employment goal.

Staff

CarolDr. Carol Bergquist is the Director of Project Visions. Her duties include providing support, guidance and supervising staff, creating and overseeing the budget and working as part of a team with the vocational counselors for the Visions Program. Dr. Bergquist received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University in Rehabilitation Counseling, where she also completed an administrative certification program in Special Education. Dr. Bergquist in a certified special education teacher, vocational evaluator, and special education supervisor. Dr. Bergquist also serves on the Rural Development Council of Michigan, CUPPAD’s Executive Committee, and the St. Francis Hospital’s Community Board. She is also a member of the Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Organization and the Michigan Evaluator’s Association and serves on the Michigan Rehabilitation Council and the National Consortium for Administrators of Native American Rehabilitation.

To contact Carol: Call 723-2580 or email carol.bergquist@hicvisions.org


MiaMia Smith  is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Project Visions.  The main objective of her work is to assist tribal members in seeking and maintaining employment while providing numerous services throughout the process.  Her services are available to all tribal members with a documented disability living on or near the reservation and those with disabilities from other tribes who reside on our reservation. Mia recently completed her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University.  She also has a Bachelors Degree in Vocational Education and Associates Degrees in Human Services, Social Work, and Biochemistry.  Mia has earned certificates for completing the Oyate Project at Western Washington University, the PET-AIR BVE and PET-AIR program at San Diego State University, Dale Carnegie Courses, and the Delta Force Leadership Program.  In addition to further education, Mia serves as the 121 Program Representative on the State Independent Living Council (SILC), is a member of the Michigan Association of Rehabilitation Organization (MARO), and is also a member of the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR).

To contact Mia: Call 723-2583 or email mia.smith@hicvisions.org


Laura BLaura Bermudez is the Rehabilitation & Administrative Assistant for Project Visions. She is also the coordinator of the Work Study Program & GA Redesign.  As Administrative Assistant, Laura provides clerical and technical support for the above mentioned grants and programs, provides support in the process of creating short-term strategic plans for the tribe, creates and conducts surveys throughout the community, creates and updates databases. Laura has received an Associates of Business Administration.

To contact Laura: Call 723-2581 or email  laura.bermudez@hicvisions.org


Kasey at Visions Kasey Koster is one of the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for Project Visions. As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Kasey assists tribal members with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, maintaining, or regaining employment. Her services are available to all tribal members with a documented disability living on or near the reservation and those with disabilities from other tribes who reside on our reservation. Kasey has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Wisconsin —Stout, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Michigan University, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).

To contact Kasey: Call 723-2582 or email kasey.koster@hicvisions.org