Supported Employment

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Goodwill offers competitive employment to adults with disabilities in a community work environment through the Supported Employment program.

This service provides:

  • Assessment
  • Individual goal setting
  • Identification of employment barrier
  • Job placement and training
  • Vocational skills training
  • Long term follow along to ensure success through Extended Employment Services

Individuals in Supported Employment are referred and funded by the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Goodwill assists individuals on Medicaid Waiver referred by the Community Services Board.

When Goodwill partners with an area business to provide community employment, a Goodwill Employment Specialist assists the individual with 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 individual and the needs of the employer.

Individuals referred by DARS, will work with an Employment Specialist until 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 individual’s employer to ensure continued success.

Individuals participating in Medicaid Waiver Supported Employment will work with an Employment Specialist during scheduled work shifts.

Supported Employment is offered to individuals living in the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Halifax, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke, Rockbridge, and Wythe, and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington, Danville, Galax, Lexington, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.

For more information on the Supported Employment program, e-mail or call (540) 581.0620 option 2.