Project Return to Work, Inc.
Charolotte County Justice Center
350 East Marion Avenue, Office 3130
Punta Gorda FL 33950
Project:  Return To Work Inc.'s mission is reengage veterans and their spouses, especially wounded warriors, and disabled Americans by helping them find productive and fulfilling jobs.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rob R Brazell
Board Chair General Thomas D. Mills
Board Chair Affiliation US Army, National Gaurd
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W)
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1999
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2014
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

For over 15 years, R2W has provided innovative vocational rehabilitation services to hundreds of disabled Americans through government contracts and prestigious grants. This includes evaluation, training, and placement services, and supported employment for those so disabled that gainful employment is not realistic but work ads quality of life.

Quick placements can be more harmful than helpful. Subsequent job losses have led to family dysfunction, depression, and suicide. Stabilization is needed first. The military refers active duty services members to R2W about 3-24 months prior to discharge for Service Learning Internships. We utilized donated technologies to quickly determine specific work tasks that genuinely excite the interns, and then match them with caring employers who judiciously provide those tasks, gradually increasing core skills and self-confidence. This approach results in rapid stabilization, especially when coordinated with mental health services. 

R2W collaborates with the military, multiple federal and state agencies, and several community partners to host Military and Veterans Employment EXPOS (MVEE). R2W is the core partner enabling them to work together efficiently and effectively. These 3 day events have helped thousands of active duty service members, veterans and their spouses establish career goals, prepare for interviews, and connect with employers.  We typically recruit 1,000-2,000 applicants, 100-200 employers, and 100-200 volunteers at each event. MVEE is more effective than traditional job fairs resulted in substantially higher placement rates and other positive outcomes.

We plan to quadruple vocational rehabilitation services to state and federal agencies over the next two years. We plan to double Service Learning Internships in Florida and host a MVEE in Sarasota within two years.

Needs Statement
R2W has developed and fine-tuned a working business model over the past 15 years.  Many of our needs are fulfilled by magnanimous in-kind contributions and heartening volunteerism.  Our primary need is for funding to pay Employment Specialists, Job Developers, and other key staff providing innovative services to thousands of deserving active duty service members, veterans, their spouses, and disabled Americans.   We are seeking $100,000.00  to hire staff members for 7,000 new Florida clients.
We also have increasing needs for volunteer training and transportation as we expand our vocational rehabilitation and employment programs in Florida, including our Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE), Service Learning Internships, and government programs,  We are seeking $20,000 for this need.
We also have increasing need for backroom support including bookkeeping, office management, and technical support as we expand in Southwest Florida.
Our greatest challenge and success is the ability to form collaborative relationships.  R2W has a long history helping the military, multiple government agencies and many community partners to work together efficiently and effectively.  This involves considerable community planning that can be facilitated by The Giving Partner.
Background Statement
Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) was incorporated as a 501c3 organization in December 1998 to provide vocational rehabilitation services to disabled Americans.  We started by forming a blue ribbon board of directors then won a state contract.  That expanded into 26 additional state contracts and a federal contract nationwide.  R2W also won prestigious grants over the years including The Able Trust, Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF), and The McCormick Foundation.  These grants and contracts enabled R2W to provide quality vocational rehabilitation services to thousands of wounded warriors and their spouses. 
Over the years, R2W has steadily expanded its community partnerships with military operations, government agencies, other care providers, and employers including the US Army Community Based Health Care Organization (CBHCO), US Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR), Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA), StaffCV, ReadyTalk, and Microsoft.  R2W provides well coordinated care as part of a Gestalt of other services including mental health, housing, transportation, and child care.
Now R2W plays a central role helping the community form effective collaborations.  We provide the underlying technologies and support to recruit, connect, and track both applicants and employers as well as volunteers. We provide meaningful metrics and reports to community partners enabling them to better coordinate their services for greater positive outcomes. 
R2W currently provides vocational rehabilitation and employment services to over 7,000 active duty service members, veterans, their spouses, and disabled Americans.  This includes our government programs, Service Learning Internships, and Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE).
R2W recognizes  four tiers of applicants depending on the severity of their disabilities.  Tier 1 and Tier 2 applicants receive direct recruiting services and classes to prepare them for job interviews.  These includes both in-person classes and innovative webinars.  Tier 3 applicants receive evaluation, training, and placement services.  Tier 4 applicants receive extensive supported employment services.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Employment
Secondary Org Type Employment
Tertiary Org Type Employment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Rob Brazell founded Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W) in 1998 after battling a terminal illness. In 1994 Rob was given a year to live, but he persevered and the experience motivated him to dedicate his life to helping disabled Americans overcome their own disabilities and return to work. Rob is a tireless advocate for vocational rehabilitation programs. Often Rob travels to civilian and military events where he gives motivational speeches and introduces R2W's services to wounded civilians, soldiers, and their spouses.

At R2W, Rob performs the duties of Chief Executive Officer and has grown R2W from a grassroots startup in Boulder, Colorado to several notable government contracts and prestigious nationwide grants. Rob is continually reaching forward in the rehabilitation process to provide more effective early-intervention services for Americans with disabilities.

Rob’s service to R2W and its clients is part of his own rehabilitation. It took him a long time to return to work full time, but as is the case for many disabled Americans, the outcome was worth it.

Rob earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineer from the University of Colorado. Prior to R2W, he worked in Corporate America as a successful aerospace engineer.

MVEE is a large collaboration among 5 federal and state government agencies, multiple non-profits, and several for-profits.  It is a 3 day event.  The first two days are comprised of classes to prepare applicants for job interviews.  The third day is a job fair. 
We typically recruit between 1,000 and 2,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses at each event.  We also recruit between 100 and 200 employers with thousands of jobs.  And we typically recruit about 250 volunteers including 100 HR Mentors, 30 class instructors and proctors, 5 Job Developers, 5 Employment Specialists, and 5 Technical Support Experts. 
We track a large array of information about all and send frequent reports to the community partners, enabling them to collaborate more efficiently and effectively.  For example, when one class proved substantially more popular than anticipated, community partners were able to quickly find an additional classroom and instructor.
Budget $60,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups People/Families with of People with Disabilities Homeless
Short Term Success
Our most recent placement metric for MVEE is 13% -- substantially higher than the industry average for job fairs and a substantial increase from less than 1% when we started.  We have also demonstrated that those taking our classes are 17 times more likely to achieve lasting placements.  That trend is still improving with lessons learned, enhanced in-kind technology, and increasing volunteerism.  The trend for our next period exceeds 20% placements. 
We need to deploy this innovative approach to larger populations now.
Long Term Success
Substantially fewer people will fall through the government's cracks.  Government agencies, non-profits, and other community members will collaborate more efficiently and effectively.  Collectively, we can respond to the tsunami of injured returning from war, both physically and mentally.
Program Success Monitoring
Program successes are monitored by 5 government agencies, multiple non-profits, and other community partners through substantial software donations by StaffCV, ReadyTalk, and Microsoft.  The StaffCV system is as capable as many government systems and provides a large array of metrics including placements, job offers, interviews, and customer satisfaction.  It also provides advanced metrics more effective at predicting quality including Mean Time To Service Completion and Mean Time Between Services.  All government agencies need to adopt these metrics to better improve the quality of services.
Program Success Examples
Contact R2W for relevant reports.  See news articles and videos on R2W's website including heartening testimonials.  Military and Veterans Employment Expo – Pikes Peak 2013 lists a few testimonials of consumers who were impacted:

Just wanted to reach out to you after meeting you at the job fair.  It was quite an accomplishment getting that many employers there. Very impressive….three of them looked at my skill set and clearance (Booz Allen, Northrup Grummen, and Dept of State)… it was good to meet and greet those three and get a feel for them.   After all, it only takes one to hire me.

Thank you again for the opportunities presented there.

Joe , USAF, Intelligence Analyst


 I wanted to thank you again for your mentoring tips, express what a pleasure it was to finally meet you, listen to the passion in your voice about this years MVEE, …and also for you to take the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me one on one.


Thank you for all you did on the MVEE I found it more than useful. I will try to use it to aid me in my job search.


… just by allowing me to come to a job expo and putting one on is helping.”


Thanks so much.  Your promptness is amazing!



R2W receives referrals directly from the military about 3-24 months prior to discharge.  These wounded warriors including those diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI),  and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  R2W evaluates these clients to quickly identify work activities that genuinely excite them.  Then we recruit employers with those tasks and train them how to bring out the wounded warrior's resiliency over a 1 - 3 month internship, gradually increasing time on the job while improving self-image and core skills.  We frequently coordinate with mental health care providers who help the wounded warriors translate a good day at work into a good day at home.  This achieve stabilization faster than realized in previous war eras-- the first step before lasting placements can be achieved.  Several of these internships have turned into full time careers when the wounded warriors are discharged-- not a day without pay.
Budget $50,000
Category Education, General/Other Service Learning
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Via R2W's community partnership with The US Army Community Based Health Care Organization, we have achieved over 70% placement rate.
Long Term Success
No government agency is capable of handling the tsunami of wounded warriors returning home.  R2W's early intervention approach enables multiple agencies, non-profits, and for-profits to provide a complete and well coordinated set of services that help wounded warriors transition to civilian life substantially faster.
Program Success Monitoring
The US Army monitors R2W's services and has stated complete satisfaction.  This includes reviews of R2W's metrics generated by a system donated by StaffCV.
Program Success Examples
Sargent Logan Jubeck did not have the prerequisite education for a career as a Civil Engineer.  However, after a Service Learning Internship, a Florida employer waived the education requirement in consideration of his military service. 
R2W provides vocational rehabilitation services to government agencies including the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in Florida (DVR).  These clients are severely disabled, requiring months of evaluation, training, and placement services by highly qualified counselors.  It also includes supported employment services for clients who are so severely disabled that gainful employment is not possible but work adds quality of life.
Budget $50,000
Category Employment, General/Other Vocational Rehabilitation
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
We have already demonstrated a 50% placement rate among this population that is most difficult to find employment options.  Now we want to expand this program by hiring 20 Employment Specialist serving Florida.
Long Term Success
For these severely disabled American citizens, 95% will successfully complete evaluation, 75% will complete training, and 50% will be placed into meaningful jobs that either provide gainful employment (Tier 3) or substantial life improvement through supported employment (Tier 4).
Program Success Monitoring
Our program successes are monitored directly by Florida through its REBA system.  Our Employment Specialists are referred clients through this system.  Then we update case notes for each client in this system, including evaluation, training, and placement data.
Program Success Examples
Please see the article on our website about Carol Sarganis and her clients in Florida entitled R2W Delivers the Right Level of Support to Disabled Job Seekers

Sarganis has learned to adapt her teaching style, including coaching prospective employees on resume preparation and interview skills, to both the capabilities and limitations of each client.  At times this means gently adjusting expectations.  “I have a client named John who wanted to be an animal trainer, but his disabilities precluded this,” she recalls.   In addition to having a borderline IQ, which makes many tasks too difficult, this client suffers from extremely low self- esteem—a trait that contributed to John’s history of quitting jobs after a short time.

Sarganis realized that John needed an unusually high level of affirmation from an employer, and worked to find the right fit for him.

A job bagging groceries at Publix, a large supermarket chain, was the answer for John.  “Publix has a track record of hiring people with special needs, and his supervisors did a great job training him,” Sarganis says.  “This employer is especially good about validating his work and feelings.”  After nearly three years in a full-time position at Publix, Sarganis considers John a success story.

Program Comments by Organization
The greatest challenge and opportunity for R2W is our ability to collaborate with others.  Few government agencies are willing to share data directly or cooperate at the levels necessary to achieve economies of scale.  Often, non-profits also lack the competitive technologies or organizational mechanisms needed to collaborate on large scales.  R2W possess both the necessary technologies and caring staff cable of uniting these disparate groups. 
Over the past three years, via five Military and Veterans Expos (MVEE), R2W has enabled five federal and state agencies and multiple non-profits to efficiently to efficiently share information.  We have provided frequent on-demand reports and metrics demonstrating unprecedented positive outcomes resulting from this large scale collaboration.
Now we want to expand this success.
R2W has been able to recruit in-kind donors who made this technologically possible.  We need funding to keep reaching out to those companies pushing the envelope for still more innovations.
We also need funding to pay and train counselors in Southwest Florida.  They are in high demand now that so many wounded warriors have returned home.  And we know that the demand for our Service Learning Internships will likely grow for 7 years after all combat ceases.  
Although our government program for disabled citizens is largely self sufficient, we still need help with administrative expenses including bookkeeping.  This program not only provides innovative vocational rehabilitation services to severely disabled Americans.  It is also an internal training platform helping us spin off Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB).
Notable board members have developed a well thought out strategic plan, including General Thomas Mills, Assistant Adjutant General, US Army National Guard (retired).  Over the past 15 years, R2W has developed a proven model that resulted in improved positive outcomes and greater community spirit.  Please help us expand in your area.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rob R Brazell
CEO Term Start Dec 1998
CEO/Executive Director Email
Rob Brazell was a successful aerospace engineer prior to founding Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W).  Over the past 15 years, Rob has helped this grassroots organization win multiple government contracts and prestigious grants to demonstrate a more effective way to place thousands of deserving Americans in lasting careers. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Fran Nixon Florida Area Coordinator
Carol Sarganis Senior Employment Specialist
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 64
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
R2W collaborates with multiple government agencies, non-profits, and other community partners identified throughout this profile.  Primary collaborations include the following:
  • Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Florida Division of Blind Services
  • Southwest Florida Workforce
  • The White House, Joining Forces
  • US Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
  • US Department of Labor (DOL)
  • US National Guard, multiple states
  • US Army
  • US Navy
  • US Air Force
  • US Marines
  • Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE)
  • Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • American Legion
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA)
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
  • Organization in The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (CIAV)
  • Charlotte County Justice Center
  • StaffCV
  • ReadyTalk
  • Microsoft
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Seven Seals AwardUS Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)2012
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Board Of Directors Handbook
Board Chair
Board Chair General Thomas D. Mills
Company Affiliation US Army, National Gaurd
Board Term Feb 2011 to Dec 2013
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Rob R. Brazell Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W)
Dr. Ronald Cole Boulder Language Technology
Mr. Malcolm D. Crawford Attorney At LawCrawford Law Firm
Professor Ruth Dameron University of Colorado
Mr. Larry Gustafson Attorney At LawGustafon and Baum
General Thomas D. Mills Asst. Adjutant GeneralUS Army, National Guard Retired
Dr. Brad Southworth General Motors (Retired)
Mr. Jay D. VanderWerff Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 50
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
The board continually reviews governance documents including Bylaws, Policies and Procedures.  We plan to continue recruiting recognized community leaders to our board of directors.  We plan to continue developing responsive state advisory boards reporting directly to the board of directors.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2013
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2013
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $100,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$200,291$171,703$121,727
Administration Expense$25,634$42,282$12,175
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.251.651.67
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%80%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$621,662$557,773$407,448
Current Assets$44,077$34,153$12,794
Long-Term Liabilities$57,438$54,805$0
Current Liabilities$7,353$3,114$54,455
Total Net Assets$556,871$499,854$352,993
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $265,000 --Contributions, gifts, grants $194,767
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Unspecified $13,979 --Education and Training $29,040
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $3,277 --0 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.9910.970.23
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets9%10%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
R2W's 2011 990 has been amended.  R2W's Conflict Of Interest Policy is embedded with the 990 files-- figuring out how to strip it out and post it in the right place.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ for 2010 and from IRS Form 990 for 2011 and  2012.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Project Return to Work, Inc.
Address Charolotte County Justice Center
350 East Marion Avenue, Office 3130
Punta Gorda, FL
Phone 941 764 1874