Employment Services

Job coaching and placement services for personal and community impact.

For most of us, leading a purposeful, independent, and fulfilling life includes finding the right vocation or career path. Advocates partners with individuals with disabilities to design an employment support plan based on each person’s passions, skills, and circumstances.

Our services vary depending on individual needs: we offer job planning and placement services for those ready for full-time, competitive employment; and Advocates’ experienced employment coaches provide skills training on and off the job for people needing additional support to succeed in the workforce. We are committed to providing adults with disabilities opportunities to expand and apply their education and skills, multiple paths to earning income, and the chance to contribute to the community in meaningful ways.

We’ll work together to identify prospective vocational paths, employers, and any necessary training and additional support to help you make the most impact, today and in the future.

Eligibility

Advocates Employment Services of MetroWest may be funded by the Department of Developmental Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and other Massachusetts state agencies. Private pay opportunities are available. Please contact our staff to discuss your needs.

Related News/Updates

Life Skills & Learning Center May Update

An Update from Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center 

 

Welcome spring and warm sunshine! Recently, even more friends joined us back at Advocates Life Skills and Learning Center! As of April, 65% of our members have returned to in-person services. Those participating in remote services are highly encouraged to join our daily Zoom programming. It is always good to see friends!

Eight new staff members recently joined the day services team, and we're excited to have them on board! As more friends join us in person, we are working closely with our recruitment team to highlight day services job openings.

With the warmer weather, exciting opportunities are on the horizon! We are eager to start tending to our community and program gardens, volunteering at Unity Farm, and having more fun day excursions.

Many individuals in our employment program have returned to work, while others are beginning new adventures. To help our friends stay educated about COVID-19 protocols, we're offering a new training program focused on social distancing, mask wearing, best ways to greet and interact with peers, and more.

We continue to work closely with our funders and sister agencies to secure the future of day services. We don’t anticipate changes to our social distancing requirements any time soon, thus not allowing for many more friends to rejoin us on site. Remote services will likely end at the end of 2021, when the state of emergency is complete. With enhanced funding for day services concluding at the end of May, we appreciate any outreach and advocacy to express the continued need for additional funding to continue to provide day services and support the staff that care for your loved one.

 

 

Sincerely, 

Elizabeth Bardasz
Senior Director of Developmental and Brain Injury Day Services

 

Life Skills and Learning Center April Update

We continue to provide on-site services to more than 100 people, with our remaining friends participating in remote services, including virtual and in-person home visits. We are thrilled to share that 90% of Day Services staff have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Read on for the latest news, events, and resources.