A program designed to meet the employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The components involved are Discovery and Exploration, Job Development, Job Coaching, and Long-Term Retention.
Individuals in St. Louis City with various disabilities are assessed for strengths and needs in living independently. MERS/Goodwill provides assistance with identification of the apartment or house, referral to other neighborhood services, and long-term supports.
Organizational (Sheltered) Employment:
Provides employment and case management services to persons who are choosing a sheltered workshop setting. Participants are required to be certified eligible for sub-minimum wages through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Some of the piece-rate work experiences available include packaging, assembly, collating, and machine operation.