Employ­ment Ser­vices: Build­ing Long-Term Recov­ery and Stability

KYC’s Employ­ment Ser­vices Team works with 50 clients a year to find and keep employ­ment. For many liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness and dis­abil­i­ties, find­ing jobs that sup­port per­son­al and career goals can be chal­leng­ing, espe­cial­ly when the job search is com­pli­cat­ed by gaps in employ­ment his­to­ry. Some clients are seek­ing their first job in decades and oth­ers have nev­er suc­cess­ful­ly gained first-time employ­ment on their own.

Employ­ment Spe­cial­ists work with clients to iden­ti­fy job goals, per­son­al inter­ests, and pro­fes­sion­al skillsets to deter­mine indi­vid­u­al­ized work plans. Togeth­er, clients and staff devel­op and update resumes, con­duct job search­es, and prac­tice inter­views. Once a client finds work, the Employ­ment Ser­vices Team con­tin­ues to check in for 30, 60, and 90 days post-employ­ment to ensure long-term suc­cess in place­ment. In some cas­es, the client may qual­i­fy for addi­tion­al on the job support.

To tru­ly under­stand the Employ­ment Ser­vices Pro­gram, we want to intro­duce you to Mark. In 2013, Mark suf­fered from two strokes, affect­ing his fine motor skills, bal­ance, and speech. After years of hard work and reha­bil­i­ta­tion, he’s ready to return to the work force and has been work­ing with his Employ­ment Spe­cial­ist at KYC to find part-time employ­ment. He vol­un­teers at KYC sup­port­ing cler­i­cal work and data entry for the Old­er Adults Team, prov­ing his abil­i­ty to be high­ly detail ori­ent­ed and effec­tive in his work. He meets week­ly with his coun­selor to review job post­ings, send out cov­er let­ters and resumes, work on inter­view­ing skills, and dis­cuss ways to achieve his career goals. 

Employ­ment is a key piece to the recov­ery process. In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing finan­cial inde­pen­dence, it adds struc­ture to client’s dai­ly liv­ing and builds their con­fi­dence and self-esteem. Check out our one-page fly­ers on Employ­ment Ser­vices for Busi­ness­es and Employ­ment Ser­vices for Clients to learn more about this program!

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