Our Employment Services helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their employment goals. If those goals are within our walls or in a community setting, our employment services can help build the skills that each individual needs. Clients can build their skills by participating in one of our unique work experiences. While doing this each person is providing a vital and valuable contribution to their community.
Encore Thrift Store
Encore Thrift Store is a resale retail shop that accepts and sells new and gently used articles of clothing for all ages, housewares, furniture, tools, athletic items, toys, home decor, linens, craft items, purses and shoes.
Clients who work in the store get simultaneous job training and employment. Clients are able to earn wages, learn vocational skills, and build lasting and meaningful social relationships with our customers.
- Some jobs that our employees do are:
- Customer Service
- Waiting on customers
- Hanging clothes
- Re-sizing clothes
- Stocking Merchandise
- Baling Merchandise
- Cleaning the store
Encore Sort Program is the backbone of our organization. This is the support for Encore Thrift Store. Each client performs the task/tasks that best fit their skills and learning goals. Here are some examples:
- Accepting donations & Customer Service
- Organizing items
- Dispose of Unsellable Items
- Bale cardboard and unused clothing (Big Green helps perform this task. The bales are then sold to a commodities market for reuse or resale.)
- Cleaning Items
- Pricing Items
- Matching/Sorting Items
- Sorting Newspapers to use as wrap for fragile items
- Stock Shelves and Tables
- Cleaning Shelves and Tables
- Hang and Tag Clothes and linens for sales floor
- Sweeping Floors
- Maintaining Warehouse Sales Area
- Creating Display Areas
Janitorial Services provides the opportunity for our clients to learn housekeeping skills. Individuals in this program can work from 2:30-4:30, 3 days a week learning janitorial skills under the direction of a supervisor.
Confidential Shred Services
Confidential Shred Services helps build job skills and offers employment while helping while helping local businesses by shredding and then recycling documents.