21 Oct The Meaningful Work of Vocational Services
As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, New Hope is proud of the work our Vocational Services team does to help individuals with any type of disability find meaningful work. New Hope launched its Vocational Services program in 2016 and since its inception, has helped hundreds of people find employment in Central Indiana.
New Hope’s Vocational Services program is led by Patrick Mitchell and supported by Miguel Garcia, who serves as a Supported Employment Specialist. They work with individuals on a one-to-one basis throughout the process, supporting program participants at every step. The demand for this program is high and participants frequently experience a months-long wait list before they are able to get started. In an effort to help more people and reduce the wait time, New Hope is excited to announce that we are expanding this program and have hired an additional Supported Employment Specialist. Her name is Elizabeth Ford and she started on October 17.
Our Vocational Services program uses a person-centered approach to help discover which job opportunities best fit each participant. Our Employment Specialists match individuals to positions and provide support along the way to ensure long-term success in the workplace. The Employment Specialists then slowly fade out services as the individual’s level of independence increases.
New Hope’s Vocational Services program helps around 60 individuals each year and has placed individuals in a variety of companies including Ivy Tech, Urban Outfitters, Planet Fitness, and the Apple store. Congrats to Patrick and Miguel for their years of success with this program and welcome Elizabeth! We are excited to have you at New Hope!