Getting to Work Initiative
As part of the Getting to Work initiative, we have created this page to provide information and contacts for a variety of employment services providers across the state. It is our hope that this page will be a useful tool for you as you provide referral services to clients interested in returning to work.
If there are additional resources that you feel should be added to this webpage, please contact us.
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Services- Offers supportive employment services. Support is available to help identify a job goal, to locate a job, to learn the job, and to maintain that job over time.
Eligibility- Mental health diagnosis.
Location- Curry County
Services- Higher education and other workforce development services, including the Adult Basic Skills Program. The adult education and literacy programs in Oregon's community colleges are an essential component of Oregon's education and workforce system. The Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development administers federal Adult Education and Literacy funds to local providers as well as provides local programs with leadership and training in order to assure quality basic skills services for adults across Oregon. The purpose of the Adult Basic Skills Program is to assist adults in obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary for work, further education, family self-sufficiency, and community involvement. Basic skills include reading, writing, math, speaking/listening in English, GED and Adult High School preparation, and basic computer literacy.
Eligibility- Open to all
Services - EOCIL offers assistance in career development and the integration of career goals into an overall life plan geared for maximum independence. This may include information about education/training opportunities, job modification or accommodations in situations where the worksite can be adapted to the worker, as well as work readiness and job-seeking skills. Employment services also teach individuals how to present their disability in a positive light and make clear any accommodation they may need on the job.
Eligibility - EOCIL serves clients living in Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler.
Services- A variety of employment service opportunities for persons who experience barriers to employment. Across Oregon, Goodwill is administered through a network of regions and employment services may vary by location.
Eligibility- Varies by program, but generally open to all.
Goodwill Industries of the Columbia Willamette (headquartered in Portland)
Southern Oregon Goodwill Industries (headquartered in Medford)
Goodwill Industries of Lane and South Coast Counties (headquartered in Eugene)
Services - Vital Purpose is a program that helps clients gain self-sufficiency through employment and financial planning. Services include resume and interview preparation, benefits counseling (SSI/SSDI), career exploration, skill-building workshops and classes, supportive services such as professional attire and transportation assistance, and ongoing workplace support to ensure greater success once employed. Vital Purpose collaborates with other employment programs throughout the state, including the Work Incentive Network, Vocational Rehabilitation, IDA providers, WorkSource sites, and other nonprofits engaged in employment services.
Eligibility - There are employment case management services offered to individuals living with HIV in the following counties through the Vital Purpose program - Coos, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, Lincoln, Linn, Benton, Clatsop, Lane, Douglas, Klamath, Hood River, Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook. Ask your case manager for a referral.
Services- No-cost education and vocational training program that helps young people improve quality of life through vocational and academic training. Intensive, on-site experience that can last up to two years.
Eligibility- Age restriction, 16 - 24.
Services- Comprehensive workforce development services including career assessment & counseling, training, tools for a successful job search, and assistance with getting promoted. Disability Program Navigator available.
Eligibility- Open to everyone living in Jackson or Josephine Counties.
Locations- Medford, Grants Pass
The Job Council
673 Market St
Medford, OR 97501
Services- State agency that provides vocational services for people with disabilities willing to work but who face substantial barriers to employment. Services include individualized employment services and counseling.
Eligibility- Oregon has a prioritized list. Must be disabled. OVRS uses a broad definition for disability; SSDI not a requirement. The referral package for OVRS can be found here.
The mission of the SBDC network is to help new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assist existing buisnesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy. Provides no-cost consultation and low-cost training for individuals interested in starting their own business.
Services- variety of employment services are available including a job search center, supported work experience, veterans in progress and vocational rehabilitation.
Eligibility- Varies by program.
Location- Lane County
Services- Employment strategy to assist individuals with disabilities to become employed and maintain employment in an integrated, competitive work setting. Usually includes development of employment opportunities and ongoing support including job coaching, assistive technology, job retention, transportation, etc.
Eligibility- Medicaid recipient with qualifying behavioral health diagnosis for covered services. Contact your local provider to determine eligibility.
Services- The JOBS program is Oregon's employment and self-sufficiency program for people on public assistance. Clients participating in employment and self-sufficiency services, receive ongoing screening, assessment and case management, while participating in activities such as life skills, basic education, job readiness or work experience that address barriers to self-sufficiency.
Eligibility- For TANF eligible individuals. Must have children.
Locations- Through local DHS office.
Services- Employment support for people receiving SSI/SSDI who are interested in returning to work, through vocational rehabilitation, employment and other support services. Goal is to transition people off of SSI/SSDI through paid employment. Ticket to work holders will seek services through an OVRS or an Employment Network (EN). An agency within the EN is an entity that contracts with the SSA to provide or coordinate services for SSI/SSDI beneficiaries who are holders of a ticket to work. ENs receive payments when ticket holders achieve employment related outcomes. OVRS and Supported Employment may be part of the Employment Network.
Eligibility- SSI/SSDI Beneficiaries.
Locations- Contact your local OVRS center. Ticket Call Center 866-968-7842
Oregon 'Ticket to Work' Contact- Eugenia Cox (541) 259-5896
Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA) or Work Incentives Network (WIN)
Services- Funded by Social Security Administration (SSA). WIPA's assist SSI/SSDI beneficiaries with information about work incentives, benefits planning, and making good choices about work.
Eligibility- SSI or SSDI recipient
Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
Services- Offers a broad range of employment and training services to enhance the effectiveness of businesses and job seekers.
Eligibility- No requirements. Open to all.
Other Online Resources
Job search results are prioritized to first list companies that actively recruit qualified job candidates with disabilities.
Search for apprenticeship opportunities.
Job Accommodation Network - Helpful resource for questions related to accommodation, disclosure and rights.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit - Tax credit to businesses that hire people with disabilities, SSI, SNAP, TANF recipients and OVRS referrals. You may be asked to assist with collection of documentation.
Social Security Administration
Disability Rights Network - Provides information and advocacy for persons with disabilities.
Social Security - Your Ticket To Work
Social Security - Working While Disabled
Incentives To Help You Return To Work
National Working Positive Coalition - A network for PLWH, the National Working Positive Coalition promotes research, development and implementation of effective employment practices
Employment Living with HIV/AIDS
My Next Move