Community Job Link assists individuals with disabilities in locating competitive employment in the community. Other services provided include job coaching and follow-along services for individuals who are working in the community.
Key aspects of this program include the following:
- Offers paid work experiences, including trial work experiences
- Develops resume writing and effective interviewing skills
- Provides assistance for completing employment paperwork and learning the job
- Includes job coaching and follow-along services
- Makes available vocational related transportation up to the first day of employment
90% of new hires remained employed after 60 days of employment placement.
In 2018-2019, the length of time from program entry to job placement was reduced by more than 50%.
Services are provided in the place of employment of the individual served. Service hours are not limited to weekdays or daytime hours. Services are provided for individuals of working age.
Now that community-based employment is a goal for many people with disabilities, services are available to assist clients in finding community employment in which they are interested, enjoy, and can be successful. In 2016, the percentage of working-age people with disabilities working full-time was 21%. This low percentage means that our local businesses have not taken advantage of this larger talent pool for positions that are often difficult to fill.
Just as our services enrich the lives of those served by enabling them to live, work, and volunteer in our community, the Community Job Link program also enriches the community as individuals with disabilities share their skills, stories, and potential with their colleagues, friends, and neighbors. The Arc of Evansville is building a culture of acceptance and awareness in our community.
The Community Job Link program follows best practices in the field of service delivery for people with disabilities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), whose purpose is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services.