Supported Employment

Our Job Development Team uses a person-centered approach to job development by matching interests and skills of the participant that translate into the workforce. Once a job site has been secured, the job developer will support the individual with initial on-the-job training. After the initial training is complete, a job coach will be assigned and trained to support the participant on their job site. Transportation can be arranged.

Employment incorporates the values that Opportunity Networks strives for: social connection, community participation and integration, making a contribution and establishing the greatest degree of autonomy possible.


Vocational Rehabilitation

As you prepare to look for work, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will assist you in a manner that works best for you. Some people prefer to conduct job searches and complete applications on their own. Others may ask for the counselor’s help.
Some of the ways VR can help include:
– Developing resumes
– Preparing for interviews
– Assisting with job search
– Making referrals to employers
– On the job training

At your request, VR can also make direct contact with employers to discuss employment-related issues. Once you are working, VR will keep your case open for at least 90 days. Then, before closing the VR file, both you and your VR counselor must agree that everything is satisfactory and that you are doing well in your job.

Our Job Development Team

Robin Patten

Employment Resource Specialist



Heidi Bowman

Employment Resource Specialist


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