Job Development

What is Job Development?

Job Development provides a range of services to the community and to Prairie Harvest Mental Health clients who, without services would become homeless. This range of service includes: service coordination, client assessment, service monitoring and employment education to clients, businesses and the general public.

The Job Developer will work on expanding job opportunities in the community as well as providing participants with skill building activities so they can return to work. The Job Developer will help work on changing society attitudes about hiring people with disabilities as well as to work with participants in changing their perceptions about working, as well as the social benefit that go along with work: a reason to get up in the morning, respect from co-workers, improved self-esteem, to name a few. The Job Developer will help educate the community business leaders and citizens about the potential the people we serve have in working in competitive jobs.

The Job Developer will:

Provide an assessment of each client in the following areas:

  • Client’s need to work.
  • Client’s interest in working.
  • Client’s ability to work.
  • Type of work that the client is interested in doing.
  • Establish relationships with community employers.
  • Provide direction and assistance to participants in obtaining jobs with livable wages and benefits.
  • Help to identify, secure and supervise potential work contracts for work teams.
  • Work to create better paying level jobs with the opportunity for advancement for participants.

Conduct individual and group training sessions on various work related skills such as:

  • Job searching skills
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Co-worker relationships
  • Appropriate hygiene/clothing for work
  • Accepting change in schedules
  • Information on how work affects SSI and SSDI benefits
  • Employment Groups
  • Pathways to Wellness
  • Job Club (Lodge Program)