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Lutheran Family Services of Virginia > Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment Services

Real jobs, real wages, real experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Earning a paycheck. Enjoying the feeling of a job well done. These are things that promote independence, well-being and community connection. The new Supported Employment Services program at LFSVA links individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southwest Virginia with competitive employment opportunities in the community.

We work with individuals to develop a career path, prepare for the job search and to hone interviewing and job skills. Once they are on the job, we provide as much coaching as is required to be successful in the job. As new employees gain in skills and confidence, we step back to allow them to build a community of support on the job. And, to make sure that the partnership is a success, we communicate regularly with employers to gather input and monitor satisfaction.

For individuals

We work with individuals age 18 and older to help them fulfill their vocational potential by

  • Identifying vocational skills and interests
  • Helping develop resumes and completing job applications
  • Touring prospective jobs
  • Assisting with job training
  • Helping procure transportation
  • Coaching and support at the worksite
  • Developing worksite accommodations

For employers

We also work closely with employers to provide support and necessary training of employees at no cost to the employer. These services include:

  • Support on-site for individuals, as needed
  • Monitoring of employee and employer satisfaction
  • Developing workplace accommodations

LFSVA is approved as a vendor by the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). Services are provided through DARS and the Medicaid Waiver.

Download the referral form here, or learn more about this program or about becoming a community partner by emailing Ashley Thompson.

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