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Employment & Day Services  

For adults over 22, we provide job development based on the interests and needs of individuals. Professional counselors use a variety of models to evaluate skills and desires to help each person obtain meaningful, paid employment.  Once evaluated, a job counselor provides one-to-one job coaching and training to make sure the individual is prepared and can comfortably and successfully perform the job independently.  After placement, our skilled job counselors provide ongoing support to make sure each person progresses and reaches his or her full potential. 

We offer a variety of programs to fit the needs and desires of each individual: 

  • Opportunities to Work: The goal for people in this program is to find and maintain individual paid community jobs.  Trainings and groups are focused on the development of work ability, resume building, and professionalism.
 
  • Futures: A group for those who want to improve life skills, continue education, and be active members of their community. The goal is to provide a wide variety of curriculum and community volunteer activities which will encourage new and improved experiences for individuals.   
 
  • Foundations: For individuals who work best in a structured and consistent environment, the goal is to teach individuals appropriate behaviors so that they may become independent and active members of their communities.
 
  • Opportunities & Visions:  Individuals will be active members of the community and will continue to learn through education and life skills building groups, but a main focus will be improving communication skills through enhancing speech and language development.
 
  • Community Choices: For individuals who want to find employment in adaptive settings, the goal is to explore community and job opportunities.

 

All of the above programs include:

  • Life/social skills development
  • Educational groups
  • Health and wellness education
  • Individualized goal development
  • Community volunteerism and recreation
  • Positive behavioral support
  • Horticulture

 

Employment and Day Services is funded through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Mass. Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), Mass. Commission for the Blind (MCB), and private funding.  Program hours are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Some 1:1 instruction and job coaching is provided and a schedule is created each week, based on participants' interests and input.  On some occasions, individuals and families choose to combine programs. 

 

To learn which program might be right for your family member, please contact Heather Lomartire, Vice President of Employment Services, at hlomartire@charlesrivercenter.org or (781) 972-1076. 

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