Ticket to Work



Chattanooga's only Ticket to Work Employment Network!

Let us help you go from a disability check to a paycheck!

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 qualify for the program. Ticket to Work is a good fit for people who want to improve the earning potential and are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workplace. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers called employment networks, such as Orange Grove Center.

Orange Grove Center's Ticket to Work program can help Social Security beneficiaries with making choices in obtaining services and resources they may need to find and maintain employment, while providing a safety net to help during the transition from disability check to paycheck. Orange Grove Center works with Vocational Rehabilitation to assist individuals whose cases have been closed with further support.  With the help of the Ticket to Work program, disability beneficiaries who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can take the next step toward work while maintaining their benefits.

We can assist you with:

1. Making the choice about your career goals that is right for you
2. Accessing services and resources to find the job that suits  you
3. Staying in control of your own benefits
4. Achieving greater personal satisfaction and self-sufficiency
5. Taking advantage of Social Security's safety nets to working while disabled
6. Exploring all your work or education options

Work Incentives
Work Incentives are special rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to explore work options and still receive benefits until they are able to support themselves. Social Security Work Incentives help beneficiaries with a disability remove barriers to work by offering support services and providing a safety net to assist beneficiaries in finding the right job and succeeding in the workplace.

While participating in the Ticket to Work Program, beneficiaries can get the help they need to safely explore their work options without immediately losing their benefits and find the job that is right for them. Beneficiaries also can use a combination of work incentives to maximize their income until they begin to learn enough to support themselves. 

Therefore, the individual can:

Go to work without automatically losing disability benefits;

Return to benefits if he or she has to stop working;

Continue to receive healthcare benefits;

Be protected from receiving a medical continuing disability review while using the Ticket and making the expected progress with work or educational goals.

Contact us for more information on how we can help you achieve your employment goals. 1-888-316-4350


Orange Grove Center • 615 Derby Street • Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404 • Phone: 423.629.1451