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Employment Services

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
  • Cashier
Tracy cleaning in the store.
Tracy cleaning in the store.
Donald & Tim working at the counter.
Donald & Tim working at the counter.
Heavy Lifting!
Heavy Lifting!
Donna greeting in Encore!
Donna greeting in Encore!

Encore Sort

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
Linens
Linens
Donald cleaning outside.
Donald cleaning outside.

Janitorial Services

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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.

Garden Showcase Services

Our Garden Showcase Program provides opportunity for individuals to learn lawn and landscape maintenance. We provide direct learning experiences and employment through maintenance and landscaping of the City of Clinton’s Mr. Lincoln Square and several private contracts.

Flowers at Mr. Lincoln's Square
Flowers at Mr. Lincoln's Square
GSS Flyer
Flower pot on the Square.
Flower pot on the Square.
Grasshopper on marigolds in garden
Grasshopper on marigolds in garden

Confidential Shred Services

Scott & Darrin shredding and Maria sweeping up.
Scott & Darrin shredding and Maria sweeping up.

Confidential Shred Services helps build job skills and offers employment while helping while helping local businesses by shredding and then recycling documents.

Compassion. Acceptance. Respect.