Employment and Person-Centered Integration for Adults with Disabilities
Exciting Possibilities to Work or Volunteer
HOPe began its Employment Support Program in September 2009 with one participant, and is delighted that since its inception 70% of current adults in our programs have found volunteer and/or employment opportunities.
HOPe’s person-centered approach for employment support is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. HOPe works with individuals to identify volunteer and/or community based employment opportunities that are consistent with the individual’s preferences and interests, skills, abilities, and personal goals. Once employed, the individual receives on-going employment support through staff supported site visits and communication. HOPe’s approach for supported employment enhances the employer/employee relationship and proactively addresses any issues or challenges an individual may have for success.
HOPe’s Adult Day programming is unique. It is the only Adult program that receives the benefits of being located on a college campus. This partnership provides meaningful opportunities that focus on employment support and enriching the day to day lives of our adult clients. Additionally, it includes volunteer opportunities for our adults to work and socialize in a mainstream environment.
Due to our supporters and unique collaborators, adults who attend HOPe work or volunteer at the following organizations:
- Stonehill College: Information Booth
- My Brother’s Keeper: Inventory Control
- School on Wheels, MA: Warehouse Assistant
- Get In Shape for Women: Cleaning Crew
- Natural Resources Trust of Easton
- Mansfield Shredding
- Easton YMCA
- Mt. Sinai Hospital
- Brockton Charity Guild
- West Acres Nursing Home