Gratitude House is able to restore hope to the lives of many women and children thanks to the support of our generous donors.
Job Coach/Vocational Counseling Services
Offering individualized programs to meet the needs of our clients is always at the forefront of our planning. Our Job Coach /Vocational Counseling program is intended to further our goal of providing clients the best opportunity to succeed when they are ready to leave Gratitude House. This program helps our women learn job skills to maintain employment, thereby achieving self-sufficiency, so they become more productive citizens within our community.
This program provides an in-house Job Coach/Vocational Counseling Specialist who provides vocational education, in depth vocational counseling groups, computer training, resume building, self-esteem enhancement and on-site job skills training in Gratitude House Thrift Shop.
How clients will become a part of the project: All clients who are enrolled in our Residential and Day/Night Treatment Programs are eligible to participate in the Job Coach and Vocational Education program upon entering into Phases II and III of treatment at Gratitude House. Our program consists of two components: vocational education and hands-on-skills training in our Thrift Shop.
The first component is offered to clients in Phase II. In a classroom setting, a written survey (pre-test) is administered to individually evaluate employment skills and work experience. Vocational instruction teaches life skills, problem solving, work value/ethics, computer skills, resume development, etc. Educational materials are presented through lecture, video, and role-play techniques. The Job Coach/Vocational Counselor assists clients with:
- Identifying the changes that work brings to ones life
- Identifying the specifics that one wants in the workplace
- Identifying personal strengths, deficits and environmental constraints
- Improving interactions with supervisors and peers
- Developing socialization skills with co-workers
- Identifying and recruiting sources of support in and out of the workplace
An individual vocational/employment treatment plan with specific employment skill goals is developed for each client. Once client and coach agree to the individualized plan, the client moves into the hands-on training component offered in Phase III.
The second component, hands-on skills training, is offered to clients when reaching Phase II and takes place in our Thrift shop. Hands-on training instructs women in cash register operation, sales, cash management, inventory processing merchandizing display and other essential duties needed to secure cashier, sales associate, customer service and merchandizing positions. Under the supervision of the Job Coach/Vocational Counselor, the client will:
- Learn computer cash register skills
- Develop customer service/people skills
- Gain retail store skills (inventory control, sales skills, design and display skills, cash/sales reporting skills, etc.)
The job coach/vocational counselor conducts individual and group sessions, identifies and develop cooperative employment relationships with businesses in the community, provide job search and counseling support, and provide job coach support to employed clients.
Our overall program goals are to assist women in reducing risk factors associated with the progression of substance abuse problems for themselves and their families; assist them in receiving treatment for their substance abuse/dependence; help them to learn new skills for coping; help them to maintain abstinence to insure a better quality of life; and promote enhancement of their lives through employment and development of skills to maintain self-sufficiency. We intend to help these women overcome their addictions, deal with specialty issues, learn marketable job skills, regain their independence, and return to society as sober, self-sufficient, productive women. When women can get and stay sober, enhance their job skills, and gain employment, they are more likely to become responsible, productive citizens, and to contribute to society and the community.