Establishing a Connection:
People with mental illness and other employment challenges not only need coaching, training and ongoing support to have success in the workplace, they also need a sense of being part of a caring community.
THRIVE program participants have access to all On The Move programs including Innovations Community Center, VOICES, LGBTQ Connection and Parent University. Having these programs allows trainees to connect to other individuals who share similar experiences and who may be able to help them discover resources and solutions to issues such as transportation, child care, or anything else that may present itself as a challenge to staying engaged in employment services.
Those who are enrolled in THRIVE training also have an opportunity to develop trusting relationships with Peer Mentors who have been through the program and who have stayed on to support new program members as they transition through training and into the workforce.
Pathways to Employment:
The program includes interwoven elements of intensive pre-employment training, on-the-job training, post training, and job coaching in order to ensure that each trainee has an awareness of the skills that are needed to enter and maintain employment within the workforce. Training continues as trainees are matched to one or more of four training pathways:
Retail and Customer Service Pathway: Develop customer service skills; learn proper food handling; gain experience in money handling and operating point of sales systems; understand workplace safety; become familiar with working general operation equipment such as dishwasher, coffee maker and espresso machine, and convection ovens.
Gardening and Food Production Pathway: Learn key gardening skills; increase food production knowledge; instal irrigation systems; learn proper use of landscaping and gardening tools; understand and practice methods of planting and harvesting; implement farm to table relationship with food vendors.
Clerical Pathway: Become proficient in the Microsoft Office programs, including: PowerPoint, Excel, and Word; become comfortable using the Internet and search engines, setting up a working e-mail address, and sending document; become proficient in basic clerical tasks such as filing, inventorying, faxing, making copies, and customer service over the phone and in person.
Janitorial Pathway: Learn cleaning and organizational tasks such as sweeping, mopping, window cleaning, proper sanitation, and operation of commercial grade cleaning appliances such as a dishwasher and sanitation station; maintain proper task-specific inventory; uphold strong customer service skills.