Supported Employment

Goodwill offers competitive employment, to adults with disabilities, in a community work environment through the supported employment program. This service provide:

  • Assessment
  • Individual goal setting
  • Identification of employment barrier
  • Job placement and training
  • Vocational skills training
  • Long term follow along

When Goodwill partners with an area business to provide community employment, a Goodwill Employment Specialist assists the program participant in securing employment.  They then provide the necessary training, coaching, and support on-site at the new job to ensure success. Goodwill staff also works with the new supervisor to ensure understanding of any special accommodations when supervising the employee. Service delivery times are determined by the work schedule of the program participants and the needs of the employer.

Once it is determined by the supervisor that the employee is successfully performing their job, the employment specialist will begin to conduct periodic reviews of performance with the individual. Additionally, Goodwill remains in contact with the program participant’s employer to ensure continued success.

Program participants in Supported Employment are referred and funded by the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).

Supported Employment is offered to Individuals living in Goodwill’s 31 counties and 13 cities service area.

For more information on the Supported Employment program, e-mail info@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 option 6.