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:

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Have questions about the Employment Gateway? We're here to help.

Rhonda Dioum
Employment Gateway Director - Vocational Rehabilitation

Thank you to all our Employment Partners!

Brookstown Inn
Burlington Coat Factory
Cam's Coffee Creations
Childcare Network
Corporate Cleaning
CPI Cafeteria
Destination XL
Family Dollar
Food Lion
Forsyth Seafood Market & Cafe
Horizons Residential Care Center
K&W Cafeterias
Krispy Kreme
Lowes Foods
Lowe's Home Improvement
Magnolia Creek
Olive Garden
Pet Supplies Plus
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Rhino Sports
Sam's Club
Supreme Maintenance Organization
The Budd Group
The Porch Kitchen and Cantina
The Winston-Salem Dash