Our prevocational program provides skills training and support aimed at preparing an individual for paid employment or volunteer work. Activities are designed to help individuals develop appropriate worker traits and learn about the work environment. These activities are further individualized based on the Person Centered Plan. Individuals participate in onsite topical workshops as well as daily volunteer training in the community. Individuals also receive motivational feedback and counseling that keeps them focused on the goal of becoming employed. The program further helps to increase the individual’s level of confidence and independence.
Areas of Support:
- Job Attainment Skills: Training on the process of gaining employment. This includes activities that help ensure individuals are comfortable with writing resumes, developing and maintaining visual resumes, submitting applications, and the going through the interview process.
- Professional Dress and Hygiene: Training focused on self care tasks and interview attire. This includes trips to retail stores that sell professional clothing to teach the value of appearing professional.
- Communication and Social Skills: Training to build communication skills, learning style, appropriate attitude and emotional tolerance for work demands and pressure. This includes role playing a work environment in order to help individuals understand how to properly communicate to authority figures and co-workers in the work place.
- Job Productivity Skills: Training on concentration, alertness, following directions, problem-solving, task completion, time management, accepting supervision, and attendance. Also incorporates support in the development of sensory, gross, and fine motor skills.
- Community Integration Skills: Individuals are provided with volunteer opportunities in the community that are job related in order to apply what was learned during onsite training. Through these activities, individuals have the chance to give back to the community with quality work they can be proud of while also showing how much of an asset they can be. Outings change each day to ensure variety and decrease boredom. Opportunities include volunteering at a Horse Ranch, volunteering at the Hope Center Food Bank, delivering meals to seniors through the Meals on Wheels Program, participating in the Adopt-A-Spot program, and various activities through the Hands on Richmond program.
Individuals receiving Prevocational services are supported at a 1:5 staffing ratio, although, sometimes more intensive support is required. The program operates Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
For more information, questions, or to schedule a tour, please contact Jason Jackson at (804) 520-7773 ext 104 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The individual must meet the following criteria:
- 18 years or older
- Must have a diagnosis of Intellectual Disabilities or ID and Mental Illness
- Recipient or MR waiver or Day Support Waiver
- Able to keep up with a volunteer or employment setting