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.
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.
NW Works Partners with Project Search
This globally recognized program, which originated in Cincinnati, OH, at a local Children’s Hospital, was initially designed to provide a solution to turn-over issues in the emergency room department. As the program began to develop, the focus shifted to creating training opportunities for high school students with disabilities as they prepare to graduate. This highly successful program expanded from Ohio to several other states in the US and to other countries as well and is now available in Winchester, VA.
The Project Search group in Winchester is a collaborative group working with the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, NW Works, Community Services Board, Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester City Public Schools, and Valley Health Winchester Medical Center. Through this collaboration, students in their final year of school funding are eligible to be considered for the program and participate during their final year of school funding. While enrolled in Project Search, students participate in three different internships, each lasting nine weeks, while in their host business.