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Community & Employment Services

Community & Employment Services (CES), a division of Service Alternatives, provides a multitude of services designed to support people in finding and keeping meaningful employment in their communities. Services are provided to people with a range of disabilities, as well as to people who are moving from reliance on public assistance to employment. Supports may include resource development, assessment of vocational skills and goal development, job development, work experiences, job coaching, employment retention support, volunteer placement and assistance to overcome barriers that prevent successful employment.

We pride ourselves on our ability to meet our customer's needs in an ever-changing social service environment. Services provided are person-centered, outcome based and a team approach is used in solving problems. We have built a reputation for serving people with the most challenging needs whether it is their disability or their socio-economic status that presents the difficulty for those individuals in obtaining and keeping employment. Our philosophy and belief is that no one is unemployable. It is our job to support people in finding their niche in society and the workplace. Community & Employment Services provides the vital link between people with disabilities, families receiving Temporary Assistance (TANF), community resources and employers.

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Service Alternatives is accredited by CARF (The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) for the following services: Employment Planning Services, Job Development and Employment Supports.

Services for Customers

Supported Employment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Do you experience disabilities and want to work? We can help!

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Washington WorkFirst

Are you currently receiving TANF? Ready to maximize your WorkFirst participation and get a job?

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Independent Living

Do you experience disabilities and need some help with life challenges getting in the way of employment?

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Support for Businesses

We want to help you Advance the Potential of your business by matching your business needs with quality employees. People with disabilities want to work, and contribute to their employers and communities. At no cost to your business we can help you meet your workforce needs.

According to the US Department of Labor, people with disabilities make up the largest minority in America, consisting of more than 54 million people. Businesses today recognize that employing a diverse workforce, including people with disabilities makes good business sense, and also helps attract customers!

✓ 92% of customers respond positively to companies that hire people with disabilities, and 87% say they would prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities! - Department of Labor; Office of Disability Employment Policy “Survey of Employer Perspectives on the Employment of People with Disabilities”

✓ 57% of businesses say accommodations needed by employees with disabilities cost nothing, and of those with a cost, businesses report the one-time cost to be around $500. – Job Accommodation Network; "Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact"

Our team of Employment Specialists can work directly with your business to:

Match candidates to current job openings

✓ Design Customized Employment proposals to match a business need with the skills of individuals

✓ Assist with, and provide information on accommodations

✓ Provide information on financial incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit

✓ In most cases, provide on-site support to you and your new employee.

We can also help with on-site training!

Our Service Alternatives Training Institute offers Windmills Training for businesses.

Windmills is a high-impact training that addresses the fears, biases and myths about working with people with disabilities. This is an attitudinal training that helps increase the student’s self-awareness through exploring personal and cultural attitudes about people with disabilities. The class will help increase the student’s confidence in communicating with people with disabilities by teaching the student to better understand how attitudes impact communication and behaviors. Windmills also demonstrates that accommodation is not necessarily complex or expensive. Contact the Training Institute for more information!

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If you have questions, we’re here to help! Feel free to contact us.