Employment Services


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

Community Integrated Employment Program

Since 1977, Orchard Village has provided job placement and vocational supports to people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities.

CARF Accreditation was awarded to Orchard Village for our Community Based Employment Program. CARF accreditation consists of ongoing consultation and in-depth on-site reviews by outside professionals to help our organization provide the highest quality services.

In our program, the Employment staff listens to program participants’ needs, desires, and aspirations 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, participants are involved in the choices made.

Our Employment Program offers a comprehensive array of services:

    • Pre-vocational classes, job club, and job retention seminars
    • Job search techniques resume, 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 centered on work experiences, job training, vocational skill-building, and therapeutic recreation. The program operates from 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. Each day, participants participate in work activities in the community to build marketable vocational skills, increasing their employability for competitive jobs in the labor market. Programming and services are participant-driven, and the 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 paid community employment.