Bridgewell Employment Program
Posted by Toyuwa Harris Newton on Feb 22, 2017
L-R Milena Sarrette, Rotary president Toyuwa Newton, Ashley Smallwood
Bridgewell has a successful 25 year history of providing vocational opportunities for individuals with developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities. Employment Training and Education Services are provided at three locations in Lynn.
Each site specializes in specific services, and meeting the needs of identified populations. The three programs work collaboratively sharing resources for the greater benefit of participants in each of the programs.
The Employment Support program at Bridgewell’s Boston Street Center (BSC) offers work services for adults ages 18 to retirement who have developmental disabilities. Participants may have other disabilities such as visual and/ or hearing impairments, physical limitations and medical or behavioral challenges. BSC provides job development, placement and job coaching services. Each individual is assessed and a career plan is developed based on abilities and interests.
Participants have varying desires and abilities and as such there are opportunities for onsite work, small group community placements and individual community placements. Staff provides support with all aspects of job readiness including proper hygiene, workplace expectations, training and skill development, resume development, interview techniques, job search and on-the-job training. Employment specialists are available to assist in ensuring a successful employment result and will return to provide coaching as needed. BSC has a unique blend of staff that provide career planning, support plans, and therapeutic expertise which can assist in adapting work skills for each individual’s needs. Day habilitation services are also available at this site for those individuals who need these services as an enhancement to their vocational supports.
For more information on employment at Boston Street Center, call 339.883.1700.