Supported Employment with Riverbrook

Supported Employment with Riverbrook

From table setting to flyer mailing to running her own business, each Riverbrook woman is given the support she needs to work toward achieving career independence. Riverbrook is committed to finding great work for program participants, and ensuring that they do great work at their jobs.

From table setting to flyer mailing to running her own business, each Riverbrook woman is given the support she needs to work toward achieving career independence. Riverbrook is committed to finding great work for program participants, and ensuring that they do great work at their jobs.

“Staff work with each individual woman to help her realize her interests and desires and find a suitable craft to pursue as her vocational experience.”

Colleen Powers, Workforce Development Director

Riverbrook women work with their staff advocate and the Workforce Development Director to identify interesting job opportunities, assess individual skills, and plot a path to career satisfaction.

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RIVERBROOK ON MAIN

LOCATED IN THE HEART of the Stockbridge community, Riverbrook on Main is an exceptional vocational setting where women with disabilities engage in supportive employment. Riverbrook women work alongside other employees to produce a wide variety of products for sale at local stores and craft fairs. The ROM team also offers a number of services, including collating and document shredding. Participants work with ROM program managers to develop new product and service ideas based on their skills and interests. Recently added projects include a handcrafted laundry soap and a potted plant nursery. From coasters to gift baskets and beyond, each woman is able to try her hand at constructing crafts as she works side by side with skilled instructors.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

AS A PART of the workforce development program, Riverbrook women have the opportunity to try their hand at any work site we have available, allowing them to explore job settings that they might not have ever been exposed to. Participants can learn a wide array of vocational skills crucial to achieving the ultimate goal of career independence. Related vocational training is provided in computer skills, money management, check writing, banking and purchasing. Skills associated with finding and sustaining employment are also taught, including how to apply for a job, dress for employment and navigate relationships with employers and colleagues.

EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

RIVERBROOK HELPS women with developmental disabilities find meaningful and fulfilling work. Riverbrook women have chosen positions in housekeeping, laundry, clerical work, food services, or gardening at one of our employment sites nestled throughout the county. Some work independently while others are assisted at the worksite. Riverbrook women are supported to develop the soft skills they need to succeed in the work force. Punctuality, communication and interpersonal relationships are just some of those skills. On the job training specific to the skills related to the actual job are also taught by a worksite instructor. Riverbrook works with employers to find or create positions that fit the needs of the individual.

RIVERBROOK’S EMPHASIS on individual skills and meaningful work has lead several women to create their own businesses. One is a Braille transcriber for local restaurant menus; another detailed vehicles through a business she aptly named Sparkly Car Wash, before handing the reigns over to a group of her peers; a third has been in training for a career as a public speaker, leading to her first paid speaking engagement in December 2016. Our entrepreneurs have been members of professional affiliations such as Toastmasters and Femfessionals where they honed their skills to match their career choices. One group of women have chosen to pool their efforts together to run Exceptionally Yours, a contracted home and office cleaning service. Most recently one individual has added Exceptional Animal Care to her resume feeding and caring for local pets.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

RIVERBROOK WOMEN find that volunteering enhances not only their lives and that of those they serve; it also sets a great foundation for networking and further paid employment opportunities. Volunteerism is a great way for participants who are unsure of their career paths to explore fields that interest them. Riverbrook women volunteer their time delivering Meals on Wheels and providing companionship to area seniors in need. They serve food and drink while providing entertainment to elders at Kimball Farms and Fairview Commons. They enjoy walking dogs for elderly neighbors and assisting at Bushnell-Sage, Lee and Stockbridge Libraries. All of these volunteer positions serve a vocational purpose and allow Riverbrook women to give back to a community which includes them so enthusiastically.

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Where Riverbrook Women Work & Volunteer

  • Red Lion Inn
  • Marian Helpers Center
  • Community Access to the Arts
  • Exceptionally Yours Cleaning Service
  • St. Paul’s Preschool
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Purradise Cat Shelter
  • Kripalu Yoga Center
  • Roots Shoots & Blooms Landscaping
  • First Congregational Church of Stockbridge
  • Stockbridge Sportsmens Club

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