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Employment Alliance

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The Employment Alliance brings new talent to business by matching people who have developmental disabilities with employment opportunities in the community.

The Employment Alliance will work with your organization to develop individualized training plans, support diversity initiatives within your organization and enhance your community connection and customer base

Key Benefits

What does the Employment Alliance bring to the workplace? New employees are provided with an employment specialist / job coach. The employment specialist will:

  • Partner with you to develop a training plan for your new employee to facilitate employment success
  • Assist the new employee with learning his or her job responsibilities, as well as become acclimated to the culture of your organization
  • Be available to the work site supervisor to discuss progress and assist with any concerns
  • As the new employee becomes more proficient in his or her job, the employment specialist will phase out on-site support, while maintaining contact with both you and the new employee

In addition, the Employment Alliance can provide a disability awareness and sensitivity presentation to your organization. This can be helpful to management, human resources, front line workers and volunteers.

For more information about partnering with us, contact the director of the Employment Alliance, Marianne Durrant, at (585) 340-2000.

Business Partners

As a business partner with the Employment Alliance, what can you expect?

  • You’ll provide training and any work related items to the new employee as you would any new company employee
  • The Employment Alliance will provide you with ongoing support
  • The Employment Alliance will be a resource regarding incentives and benefits that may be available to businesses who hire people with disabilities

Serving Job Seekers

Employment specialists work with job seekers to determine the type of work that is personally meaningful and support them in taking pride in their strengths and talents, overcoming potential challenges related to employment and setting strategies to achieve career goals. Additionally, they assist with:

  • Assessing skills
  • Employment-related skill building
  • Searching for jobs, applying and preparing for interviews
  • Finding a reliable means to get to work, which may include walking, riding a bicycle or using public transportation
  • Developing an individualized plan to strengthen a candidate’s success on the job and feel part of the workplace culture
  • Networking with other people who are working or seeking employment

If you are interested in finding our more about our employment services, contact the director of the Employment Alliance, Marianne Durrant, at (585) 340-2000

Our agency offers support to companies by identifying efficient work roles and customizing training. Funded in part by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, Walter Hubbell Employment Services Fund and the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

Bringing Talent to Business

Careers: A driving force for independence

Alex Mortillaro has been fascinated with motorcycles since he was about 7, so it’s only natural that he’d seek a career where he could be around them all the time.

“It still seems a bit shocking to be honest,” he said, even after working as a mechanic’s assistant at Dehond Cycle and Auto for several months. “It has been a positive influence in many different aspects and it’s definitely a good position for me.” Mortillaro has had other jobs, including one with relatives at a bakery, but this job is different.

“I’ve learned countless things about working on motorcycles, cars and ATVs,” he said. “I’ve learned how to use many tools and equipment as well.”

And he has helped the mechanics work more quickly and efficiently at Dehond Cycle and Auto, one of the many businesses, large and small, that are realizing the largely untapped pool of workers with disabilities can help them meet their workplace needs.

“We hope to have Alex here forever, he does so well,” said Mark Dehond, owner of Dehond Cycle and Auto. “He’s beyond my expectations and doing awesome.”

The Employment Alliance, a program of Heritage Christian Services, works with businesses to do everything from finding right-fit talent to offering onsite job coaching. Now, thanks to a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the Employment Alliance has published “Investing In Potential: A Guide to Hiring People With Disabilities” and created videos to share with companies and prospective employees.

“(The Employment Alliance) is a great program to be with,” Mortillaro said, “and it is helping me become more of an independent individual.”

Alex Mortillaro

View video to hear what Alex Mortillaro has added to the DeHond Cycle and Auto team.

For more information

To receive a copy of “Investing in Potential: A Guide to Hiring People With Disabilities” or to hear more, call the Employment Alliance at (585) 340-2080 or email: employment_alliance@heritagechristianservices.org.

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