Vocational Services

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Meaningful and rewarding employment is important to all of us. Orchard Village partners with the local businesses to place our clients in real, ongoing competitive jobs. Businesses are provided with capable and hard-working employees while clients feel a sense of accomplishment, belonging and acceptance by their community. It’s a partnership that works!

Community Based Employment Program

Since 1977, Orchard Village has provided job placement and vocational supports to people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities. Vocational staff listens to the needs, desires and aspirations of clients before executing a step-by-step career plan for each. Orchard Village’s support extends from pre-vocational coaching and job search to job placement and ongoing, on-the-job coaching. In all cases, our clients are involved in the choices made.

Our Vocational Program offers a comprehensive array of services:

  • Pre-vocational classes, job club and job retention seminars
  • Job search techniques, resumes, and cover letters
  • Interviewing skill development and preparation
  • Assistance in finding employment in the community
  • Job retention through training and job coaching
  • Follow-up services with employers
  • Technical assistance in job accommodations
  • Assistance in defining individual career goals
  • Community resource coordination
  • Self-advocacy in the workplace

InnOVations Vocational Day Program

InnOVations is a vocationally-focused alternative day program that is centered on work experiences, job training, vocational skill building, and therapeutic recreation. The program operates 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. Each day, participants participate in work activities in the community so that they can build marketable vocational skills, increasing their employability for competitive jobs in the labor market. Programming and services are client-driven, and curriculum is changed each semester to adapt to the changing interests and skills of the participants. The ultimate goal for those participating in the InnOVations program is for paid community employment.