New Hope Community Supported Employment program is a creative approach to employment for people with disabilities and a valuable resource for local businesses. Employees with disabilities receive individual training and long-term support to ensure their performance meets employer standards and expectations and encourages job retention.

After a careful assessment of an individual’s skills and vocational interests, a New Hope Community job developer will conduct a job search in the community, assisting prospective employers in the identification of appropriate jobs and tasks to meet the needs of their specific businesses. A comprehensive job analysis is conducted to ensure a good employer/employee match. A standard job interview follows, after which the final hiring decision is the employers.

Employment specialists, or job coaches, provide new employees with a comprehensive job orientation, followed by on-going, individualized training and assistance to promote satisfactory work performance. They may also provide job modification assistance to employers, disability awareness training for co-workers, or job retention services to the employee.

The employment specialist may analyze job tasks, restructure how specific job tasks are completed and/or teach tasks differently to best fit employer/employee needs. Most accommodations cost nothing at all and, in most cases, the employment specialist’s time is free to the employer.

New Hope Community staff will offer a variety of support services to make your employment relationship successful. However, as in the cost of any employee, you are the employer and you make final decisions regarding your business.

When you provide a job opportunity to an individual with a disability, you are enriching the community by contributing to diversity in the workplace. Most importantly, you are helping to relieve the strain on the community’s tax base by adding more taxpayers to the workforce.