Achieving job goals one step at a time.
Our Employment Services programs are designed for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The purpose of these programs are to explore personal interests, employment environments and job opportunities to determine the absolute best fit. Based on extensive experience and current best practices, Fidelity House CRC has designed the employment services listed below to make sure each person is as successful and as independent as possible.
Skills Assessment and Training
- Social/interpersonal/customer service skills
- Life skills such as stress management, communication, team work, overcoming obstacles
- On-the-job safety
- Travel training
- Professional development skills such as personal appearance, interview preparation, and job readiness
- Technical skills (for example, Microsoft Office)
- Job retention skills
- Volunteer opportunities as a pathway toward employment
- Paid assessment opportunities with local businesses
- Referrals for specialized education, training, and certification
- Resume and cover letter development
- Community networking and identification of job opportunities
- Interview skills and mock interviews
- Navigating the job search and application process
- Technical assistance and training for employers
Job Retention Support
- On-the-job coaching
- On-the-job training as needed
Creative methods for exploring and developing employment skills:
Participants learn vocational skills such as teamwork, giving and receiving feedback, and how to speak about themselves through art projects culminating in an art gallery open to the public.
Participants visit various landmarks, beaches, museums, and cities to photograph natural and manmade works of art. At the end, the pictures are put into a calendar and sold. All proceeds benefit continuing vocational art classes. Participants also chose photographs to be displayed in an art gallery that is open to the public.
Learning situational skills through Virtual Reality simulations such as exploring different types of jobs, responsibilities and communication at work and public speaking skills
The class runs two times per week for six weeks and starts with creation of an idea and moves through the process of creating a product, marketing, and presenting to a group. Entrepreneurs in the community are invited to share their experiences with the group.
Reverse Career Fairs
You get to be the one to stand behind the table! Employers walk from table to table to meet perspective candidates, ask them questions, even offer to host a sit-down interview. Participants can practice networking, discussing their skills and responsibilities in current positions, and interviewing on the spot. In advance, the Fidelity House CRC staff helps participants prepare their traditional resume and a visual resume.