How We Help

NW Works’ programs and services are designed to meet the diverse needs of individuals who are 17 years of age or older and have long-term disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, mental health issues, physical challenges, traumatic brain injury, and hearing and vision impairments. We also work with those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), veterans with disabilities, and those with other barriers to employment. NW Works, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves these underserved populations in Winchester, Frederick County, Clarke County, and other neighboring counties. Our mission at NW Works is to enable adults with disabilities and individuals with significant barriers to employment to gain training and secure and sustain meaningful employment.

Workforce Development

This program provides employment and case management support to individuals who have little to no income or other barriers to employment. Referrals are made from partnering agencies or an individual can self-refer by completing an employment application for a Business Service Employee position. Business Service opportunities are made available within the NW Works’ manufacturing facility with additional support to ensure that individuals can maintain stability and achieve financial independence. This program offers individuals the potential for career mobility through participation in a Modern Manufacturing Certificate Program provided in collaboration with Lord Fairfax Community College. Hours for this program are flexible to meet the needs of the individual, however, workforce coordinators work with individuals, through case management, to teach scheduling and respectful boundaries with regard to flexible scheduling. The goal is to maintain a Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, schedule.

Workforce Development

This program provides employment and case management support to individuals who have little to no income or other barriers to employment. Referrals are made from partnering agencies or an individual can self-refer by completing an employment application for a Business Service Employee position. Business Service opportunities are made available within the NW Works’ manufacturing facility with additional support to ensure that individuals can maintain stability and achieve financial independence. This program offers individuals the potential for career mobility through participation in a Modern Manufacturing Certificate Program provided in collaboration with Lord Fairfax Community College. Hours for this program are flexible to meet the needs of the individual, however, workforce coordinators work with individuals, through case management, to teach scheduling and respectful boundaries with regard to flexible scheduling. The goal is to maintain a Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, schedule.

Individualized Supported Employment

Individuals in this program are supported in securing employment within the community and are trained and assisted by job coaches until they master their jobs. In collaboration with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the individual and their job coach work with a Vocational Counselor to identify the amount of assistance needed to learn job tasks and meet employer’s expectations. Hours for this program are flexible to meet the needs of the individual and the employer, however, job coaches strongly advocate against overnight shifts. Job coaches work with individuals to teach scheduling and respectful boundaries with regard to flexible scheduling.

Once an individual and their support team (which includes the employer, case managers, parents, and advocates) determine that an individual can complete the essential functions of their job tasks they are potentially eligible for community follow-along supports. This program generally follows the training phase of supported employment and provides additional assistance to an individual with a disability as needed while on their job site. Assistance gradually fades to a minimal amount but is available on a long-term basis if necessary and where funding allows. Operating hours for this program are flexible and depend on the number of hours needed for continued success.

Individualized Supported Employment

Individuals in this program are supported in securing employment within the community and are trained and assisted by job coaches until they master their jobs. In collaboration with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the individual and their job coach work with a Vocational Counselor to identify the amount of assistance needed to learn job tasks and meet employer’s expectations. Hours for this program are flexible to meet the needs of the individual and the employer, however, job coaches strongly advocate against overnight shifts. Job coaches work with individuals to teach scheduling and respectful boundaries with regard to flexible scheduling.

Once an individual and their support team (which includes the employer, case managers, parents, and advocates) determine that an individual can complete the essential functions of their job tasks they are potentially eligible for community follow-along supports. This program generally follows the training phase of supported employment and provides additional assistance to an individual with a disability as needed while on their job site. Assistance gradually fades to a minimal amount but is available on a long-term basis if necessary and where funding allows. Operating hours for this program are flexible and depend on the number of hours needed for continued success.

Group Supported Employment

Non-Center Based Employment

NW Works operates several government contract sites within the tristate area of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. These government off-sites provide employment opportunities in the areas of custodial, landscaping, mailroom services, and more. Individuals hired in these positions often make minimum wage or better, depending on the position. Operating hours for these positions depend on the local sites and the hours requested by the employer.

Center-Based Employment

Within NW Works Headquarters, there are several work opportunities made available to individuals with significant barriers to employment. Individuals eligible for this type of employment receive support from Medicaid Waiver Services (Building Independence, Family & Individual Waiver, and Community Living Waiver). Under this type of employment support, individuals are paid based on their rate of productivity. Operating hours for this opportunity are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am – 3:15 pm.

Day Support Services

Center-Based Day Support

NW Works aims to support individuals with disabilities in reaching their employment goals. However, there are some individuals who prefer not to work, who wish to retire, or who need to improve skills before pursuing work opportunities. Through the center-based program, individuals can choose day activities, such as improving life skills, attending community outings, or simply engaging in leisure activities. Individuals enrolled in this program are funded through Medicaid waivers or private pay options, which are determined during the enrollment period. Operating hours for this program are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am – 3:15 pm.

Community Engagement and Coaching

Through this program, individuals engage in the community in a variety of ways. Some individuals choose to participate in exercise activities, some volunteer, some learn new skills, and some partake in leisure activities. Individuals are encouraged to express their own ideas and desires for community engagement, and then the NW Works staff members arrange the opportunities. Operating hours for this program are typically Monday through Friday, 8:15 am – 3:15 pm. Activities that fall outside of these operating hours are discussed on a case by case basis.

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