Supportive Employment offers job-related supports to adults age 18 or older so they can successfully find and maintain long-term employment.

Individuals may receive support in the following areas:

  • Job search
  • Job exploration
  • Job retention
  • Development of daily living activities
  • Development of work skills
  • Transportation training
  • Facilitation of coworker and co-agency involvement
  • Personal finances or budgeting
  • Development of employment-related social skills

An employment specialist works directly with each person, and together they build a résumé, find potential employers, submit applications, and practice interview skills. More specific job development varies depending on each person’s interests and aptitude.

Before a person begins their job search, Supportive Employment may be used to provide work assessments at a Transitional Employment site or a business in the community. These community-based work assessments give individuals an opportunity to gain experience at a competitive job to discover if it’s something they would like to pursue as a career.

Once an individual gains competitive employment, the employment specialist may provide on-site job coaching, off-site mentoring, or a combination, depending on the individual’s needs and wishes. Over time, the individual’s natural supports take the place of the employment specialist.

Supportive Employment is a short-term, time-limited service that ends when Gateway Employment Group and the individual agree that the person can maintain competitive employment without further support.