Vocational Opportunities

We are contracted with a privately funded, community-based employment service which specializes in placing job seekers who experience barriers to employment. These specialists come to our activity center to interview our residents, provide job preparation skills and build a successful resume with the ultimate goal of making the best job or volunteer placement possible.

“We love working with Work Opportunities Unlimited,“ reports Dr Elaine Rotenberg, “as their process  of integrating clients into community-based employment fits right into the philosophy of our agency.  We believe together that given the right opportunity, proper supports, and effective training, all of our residents can be successful  finding and remaining in a personally rewarding job within the community at large.”

 

Our JRFS residents work 1:1 with their Work Opportunities Unlimited  Career Resource Specialist  (CRS) to develop a Customized Service Plan to help identify their specific goals for employment, scheduling, and support. This is accomplished  by gathering information on the resident’s personal interests, history and preferences. They also determine together, the outcomes that need to be accomplished in order to reach those goals including hours, wages, level of support and transportation method.

Following the Customized Service Plan, our resident along with his/her Career Resource Specialist, develops an effective job seeking strategy which includes creating a resume, practicing application writing, interview training and determining appropriate interview attire.    

The Career Resource Specialist next contacts companies relevant to our resident’s job goal and those that are specifically identified in the Plan. These prospective employers are contacted with the intent of meeting to conduct an analysis of their jobs and to ascertain the hiring needs of the company and the employment desires of our resident.  In some cases, a job shadow may be utilized if our resident would like or would benefit from seeing the job and the company in person, prior to interview, to determine if this job will be a suitable match to his or her interests.

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