Our individuals being served want to work at a job and earn a fair wage—and we agree. Employment help build competence and self-esteem.
We place those with the highest skill levels in jobs in the local community. Some work in hotel housekeeping or cleaning stadiums, for instance. Our crew in Texas cleaned up after the Super Bowl and they were proud of it.
For those not quite ready for outside work, we offer in-house opportunities. Like shredding for an international corporation or stripping tires for a craftsman who makes recycled purses.
Everyone else, except our school students, are considered “pre-vocational.” They spend their work hours learning skills and behaviors that increase competence and self-esteem and that could (our fingers are crossed) eventually lead to some form of employment.
We are continually advocating in our communities to entice employers to hire individuals being served. You’ll find us at local commerce organizations and job fairs lobbying for our workforce. If an employer agrees to give us a try, we train the the individual in the required skills before work begins and send a job coach along to continue training on the job. We’re always scouring the region looking for contract work we can bring into our center. That international corporation didn’t just find us; we went looking for them.