Supported Employment

Supported Employment Program

Supported employment is founded on the belief that anyone can work if they are given the right support. Our program offers a supported employment coordinator who will:
  • help a participant find a job that matches his/her needs and interests.
  • help a participant identify the need for training
  • provide training on hard and soft skills. 
  • help a participant adapt the work site so that he/she can do the job.
  • help design the supports needed to do the job well.
  • provide feedback and assessments to help participants to self correct when needed.
  • provide the support a participant needs until he/she is employed in a competitive employment job.
Supported employees are Pathways' clients who express an interest in working. Applications and formal interviews determine admittance to the program. Placements are based on the types of job openings available and the wants and abilities of the applicants. Those accepted to participate currently work half day shifts in their respective positions and are paid a stipend for their work. These stipends supplement their already very low-incomes.
Given today’s job market, with many more qualified candidates than jobs available, is it more important than ever to level the playing field for people who have been out of the workforce for long periods of time for multiple reasons.
Since July 1, 2015, the Philadelphia Furniture Bank (PFB) has been providing supported part-time stipended jobs as part of Pathways' Supported Employment Program. These jobs include furniture repair apprentices, warehouse workers and personal shoppers, clerical assistance, delivery help and van drivers. The job training benefits of the program are expected to result in high retention rates, transition to competitive employment, and improved overall quality of life satisfaction for participants.
This year, will expand our program and create more opportunities to work. This we know for sure: people want to work and they can work.  
Many thanks to The Barra Foundation for providing our first grant toward Supported Employment initiatives.

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