Looking for an Employment Service Program? Look no further, Goodwill’s got one for you!

Goodwill operates a Work Adjustment Training program in our facility

at 209 Virginia Street, West. This program is staffed by individuals with disabilities referred by several agencies throughout the state. We help these individuals develop work habits necessary to enter the job market.

Participants punch a time clock and learn to work up to an eight hour day for which they are paid minimum wage. During their 20 to 60 day program, we address barriers to successful employment to aid in the transition to competitive employment.

Monthly performance evaluations address dependability, punctuality, self-confidence, judgment, initiative and attitude. When we feel a participant has reached his/her maximum potential, the rehabilitation staff, with the input of the participant, decide the next step. Some participants, after completing our program, are not ready or choose not to seek employment at that time.

The Process

During this phase of an individual’s program job development begins and we explore employment opportunities within the local job market. The participant’s interests, strengths and weaknesses are discussed during job exploration. Proximity to work, transportation and many other variables are taken into account during the job development stage. After these variables have been addressed contact is made with employers to locate a position that is compatible.

Supportive Employment is ongoing support services and other appropriate services, for individuals with disabilities. They are:

  • Any service(s) that assist(s) an individual in entering or maintaining integrated, competitive employment.
  • Based on the needs of the eligible individual, as specified by the client and the referring counselor

Ongoing support services are services provided to individuals with disabilities and;

Occur at least once monthly to assist the employment situation at the job site; or at the request of the client, off site;

And based on the assessment, provide for the coordination or provision of intensive services, at or away from the job site, that they are needed to maintain employment stability; and

May include:

  • a supplemental assessment;
  • intensive job-site training;
  • job development and placement;
  • social skills training;
  • observation or supervision of the individual;
  • contact with the employers;
  • individuals, parents, family members or advocates;
  • facilitation of natural supports;
  • a service identified by the referring counselor.

Follow-up Services include: ongoing support services and other appropriate services needed to support and maintain an individual in supported employment. They are

Service(s) needed to support an individual in maintaining integrated, competitive employment; based on the needs of an eligible individual as specified in the Individual Service Plan.

Services, which may be implemented by the Placement Coordinator:

  • Trial Work Experience
  • Community Based Assessment
  • Job Site Training
  • Direct Placement
  • Extended Supported Employment Services (ESES)
  • LifeSkills Evaluation
  • LifeSkills Training
  • JToP
  • Hospital Training
  • Competitive Job Placement
  • Supported Employment
  • Extended (Sheltered) Employment
  • Community Based Vocational Services – Exploration, Assesment, Training

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