Steven Warren

Position: Area Manager of Vocational Services

Hello, my name is Steven Warren, and I am the Employment Services Program Developer for employU.  I first started working with the disability community in northern Ohio, where I was hired as a night shift supervisor for a private company called New Life that was hosting a training program through a partnership with a Walgreens distribution center.  I was able to work with a crew of three other job coaches and approximately twenty people with developmental disabilities as we performed various roles around the warehouse each night.

It was also during this time that I held a second job providing job coaching for a state-run organization.  Working for both organizations at the same time provided me with a unique opportunity to work with a more diverse population.  As time progressed, I was able to leave my position job coaching at the warehouse, and I started to organize various job training partnerships with New Life.  Some examples of our works included the creation of an auto detailing program with a family of used car dealerships and a partnership with a small family startup making duck decoys.

After several years of working with these organizations, I decided to take a hiatus to explore more career fields.  I earned my CDL with hazmat and tanker endorsements, and I drove over the road carrying hazardous chemicals.  It was also during this time that I gained experience working in the oil field, as well as earning various heavy machinery, welding, and crane operator certifications.  I have found that my own diverse background has proven especially helpful when training others due to my ability to provide first-hand knowledge in a wide variety of industries.

When I learned about employU, I knew it was a passion that I wanted to return to.  I relocated to Florida to return to my role as a job coach once again.  In the beginning I lived in Deltona and would commute to work in the Winter Haven and Lakeland area every day.  Eventually I became an Employment Specialist covering the Orlando and Sanford areas.  As employU continued to grow, I accepted the position as a Program Developer allowing me to travel to new areas for us to establish ourselves and begin providing services to more of those in need.  I have since then assisted with establishing the Jacksonville area, an exceptionally large North-Central Florida area, and now Tallahassee as we expand into the panhandle.  I recently bought a home in Panama City, and I am excited to continue helping employU grow and continuing to serve those in need.

employU is an approved vendor with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and we are happy to serve VR’s customers.
employU is a CARF accredited organization
employU is a Veteran Safe Place