The Employment Services program assists individuals in selecting, obtaining, and/or maintaining appropriate employment in competitive settings. Employment Consultants will assist clients to develop a Plan for Employment, build a Résumé, job search, and assist with the application and interview process. Once a job is secured, Employment Consults can work with clients to help with job stability.
The Employment Services program is offered at New Hope Services Center in Jeffersonville, IN and Kids Place.
Office hours are between 8a.m. – 4p.m., however on the job assistance will be coordinated with your work schedule once employment is secured.
What trainings do Employment Consultants receive?
Employment Consultants receive extensive Employment Specialist trainings on laws and policy, person-centered planning, job development, marketing, matching supports needed, worksite analysis, teaching strategies, and job supports.
In addition to this, all Employment Consultants receive training on Protecting an Individuals Rights, Outcomes and Objectives, Providing a Healthy and Safe Environment to Individuals, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, Emergency Drills and Preparation, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Individual Specific Training, and Transportation Safety.
How do I get a referral to this program?
Anyone wanting to participate in the Employment Services program must have a referral from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). VR can be contacted at 812-288-8261.
How long will it take you to find me a job?
There is no "answer" to this question. However, program compliance (keeping appointments, being on time and following recommendations etc.) as well as family and support person's encouragement can certainly help shorten the time from referral to placement. Also a "true" desire to work is paramount.
Where do you place people?
We do not find people to fit into specific jobs, we assist people to find jobs that are appropriate and accessible.
Will I lose my Medicaid and Social Security if I go to work?
There have been many changes made, but we can help you to ask the correct questions of your DFC case worker. We can also help arrange an appointment with a Social Security Specialist who can counsel you on how working could affect benefits.
Do you only place people in "dead end" jobs?
No, the person is assisted to grow with-in placements just as anyone at any work site may desire, or to maintain work with which they are satisfied. We are currently working with people who earn any where between minimum wage and work 10-15 hour per week to people earning $13.00/hour with full benefits working full time.
If I am sick or the roads are bad will the employment specialist do my job for me?
No. Part of working in a competitive setting includes being at work as scheduled and following all policies and procedures the same as co-workers.