A paying job is an enormous source of pride and personal independence. Our Employment Gateway Program provides three distinct avenues for exploring employment opporunities, depending upon the funding streams available.
All persons living with an intellectual or developmental disability may apply for a referral through Vocational Rehabilitation, a Federal program administered individually through each state to provide a full suite of employment services including skills and interests assessments, career exploration, job readiness, skills training, job sampling, on-the-job training, job coaching, and long-term support.
Individuals who currently have Medicaid can receive these same services directly through the Employment Gateway through the Innovations Waiver or B3 Services. An employment specialist helps pair each person to a job that matches his or her skills and interests, then provides on-the-job training and support until the person can perform the job independently. In each case, services are individualized and delivered at the appropriate pace for the person seeking the job, so the right amount of time is spent where it's needed until the job candidate is confident to move to the next step.
Employers Benefit, Too
Meeting the needs of our Employment Partners is a top priority. Employers benefit by gaining dependable, hard-working, diverse employees who are trained with the assistance of an Employment Specialist – all at no cost to the Employer. The Employment Specialist works with the Employer to ensure the job is performed successfully from the beginning.
See more about our Employment Gateway Program in this video:
Video by Swiftwater Media
Featured Employment Partner
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,355 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 285,000 employees. Lowe's stores have 40,000 products in stock, 250,000 items available online and more than 500,000 products available by special order.
Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, NC, Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.
For more information, visit Lowes.com.
Thank you to all our Employment Partners!
Burlington Coat Factory
Cam's Coffee Creations
Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe
Horizons Residential Care Center
Lowe's Home Improvement
Pet Supplies Plus
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Supreme Maintenance Organization
The Budd Group
The Porch Kitchen and Cantina
The Winston-Salem Dash