Creating Solutions for Persons with Employment Challenges

About Us

Meet some of the folks who work here!

Benefits Planning

Our staff works with clients to...

understand how going to work will impact their Social Security benefits of either SSI or SSDI. There may be appropriate work incentives to use when getting back into the workforce. Along with that, clients need to understand how their Medicare and Medicaid healthcare benefit are affected when they return to work. If they happen to lose their job, they need to now what can be done to reinstate their benefits quickly. There are many things that go into the planning process for getting a job before that first day back, and Creative Achievements can help to make it a successful transition.

Supported Employment

This particular program can...

be in place for clients who need very individualized help to get a job. We go through a thorough discovery process to get to know each client. We also take the time for job sampling and job shadowing to help our client understand the types of things that are available and show us what they can do. We provide on-the-job supports, or job coaching if our clients need that service when they begin the job. And we follow up with them for the long term to help provide job stability.

DARS

Creative Achievements is...

a contract provider with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services with the state of Texas. There are several DARS offices in the Tarrant and Johnson Counties area. Through their direction, we work with a variety of clients with some form of disability and help them to find the right job fit for their life situation.

Ticket To Work

Creative Achievements is also...

an approved employment network with Social Security's Ticket To Work program. This program is designed to help persons that are on SSI and SSDI become financially independent, thus getting off of their benefits in the long run. This is a process, and can take a while. It is not a quick fix. We are here to screen potential clients and guide them through this process, including helping them with the skills necessary to get a job, find and network for a job, and be successful for the long term.

 

A little something about Creative Achievements...

Founded in 2004, Creative Achievements is a small non-profit organization that specializes in assisting persons that need extra help to find a job due to disabilities or other barriers to work. We serve Tarrant and Johnson Counties, in North Texas, which includes the cities of Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Cleburne, Burleson, and Joshua.

We are different from a traditional employment or temporary agency. Staff get to know our client thoroughly before marketing them to employers. Also, Creative Achievements does not charge the job seeker or the employer for our services! Together we have place hundreds of persons in job settings ranging from 5 hours to 50+ hours per week, based on the needs of our job seekers and employers. We are not quota driven, we are quality driven!

Creative Achievements is a job placement contract provider with two funders, the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) in Texas, and the Ticket To Work Program affiliated with the Social Security Administration.


Meet the team...

Karen Forbis...

is Director of Creative Achievements. She holds degrees from UT Austin in Business and UT Arlington in Social Work. Karen has a background in inner city work, and has assisted individuals with disabilities for the past 20 years to find and maintain employment. In addition to individual job placement, Karen is a certified community partner work incentives coordinator. She can provide benefits counseling for persons on SSI and SSDI that are interested in returning to work and gradually becoming financially independent.

Joanna Revis...

has been an Employment Consultant with Creative Achievements, since 2006. She divides her time between contracts with DARS and Social Security's Ticket To Work program. She serves the Johnson County and South Fort Worth areas, including Cleburne, Burleson, and Joshua. Joanna has a strong background in sales, and has been very active in her own business community. These networking connections have been very helpful to assist her in providing great job matches for clients that she serves.

Becky Ray...

is a home grown Texan, who has lived in Denton area over 20 years and holds a master's degree in Social Work. She is devoted to her family and volunteers for a program that helps families stay connected. Becky has many talents - she has a background in interior design and is a registered massage therapist. She entered the social work field, later, and worked a number of years in the juvenile probation arena, before heading to Creative Achievements. In Becky's free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and working out.

Tempe Mays...

was born and raised in Fort Worth, and is a Nolan and Texas Wesleyan graduate. She a proud mother and wife.  Tempe has been serving persons with disabilities in Tarrant County for 20 years. She was the Director of Employment at a local non-profit, supervising a staff of 15 that served a variety of disabilities, and gained a great deal of respect and experience meeting with various community leaders. Tempe has a special passion for working with transition youth as they graduate high school and enter the work force, and has led vocational training groups and summer experiences designed to get youth ready to be successful in community employment.

Sedwich (Sed) Lacy

has been on the Creative Achievements team since 2012. Sed has worked with a variety of clients and specializes in job coaching and follow up with clients that are already working. He holds a business degree from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

Pam Ryals...

is the administrative assistant and bookkeeper for Creative Achievements. She wears a number of hats, and keeps the agency running smoothly. Pam has been in nursing for over 25 years, and has held a number of other jobs throughout her career, including driving an 18-wheeler truck. She is a valuable asset to the team with her current skills, as well as her past diverse work background.