Employment

The Supported and Independent Employment programs at Laurel House are another robust offering in Resources to Recover. The participants in Laurel House’s employment programs want to work. Last year (ending June 30, 2015) the Laurel House employment programs had 181 participants and helped 163 people achieve their employment goals by assisting them in their job search, placement and job retention in Connecticut. The mission is to help program participants obtain employment in fields of their choice and provide support for them to stay successfully employed. 

To do this, the Laurel House employment programs offer varying levels of support through employment models: evidence-based Supported Employment, designed to help clients get and keep a job as independently as possible; and Independent Employment, for working participants who do not need the full support of the programs, but remain connected to Laurel House to ensure coaching and support when needed. All active Laurel House employment program participants are encouraged to seek employment through one of these program options, with ongoing support available, including monthly networking dinners in the community. 

Employment support is more than just helping someone find a job. At Laurel House, we believe that the program model is just the means to achieving a higher goal: the self-sufficiency and sense of satisfaction that come from meaningful employment. Some individuals want to test the waters with a temporary entry-level work experience or begin in a volunteer capacity, while others are interested in resuming a previous career that was interrupted by mental illness. That’s why we offer a comprehensive array of employment programs that adapt to personal goals:


Evidence-based Supported Employment, following the Dartmouth Individual Placement and Support model

  • employment in mainstream integrated settings at prevailing wage rates
  • competitive application process (i.e., not sheltered workshops or jobs reserved only for those with disabilities)
  • job coaching and other onsite support services if desired by program participant
  • ongoing support as long as the program participant feels he/she needs it
  • “ownership” of job by the program particpant 
  • Monthly dinners in the community for employment program participants

Independent Employment
  • working program participants not enrolled in other employment programs
  • employment in mainstream integrated settings at prevailing wage rates
  • ongoing support as long as the program participant feels he/she needs it
  • “ownership” of job by the program particpant 

Our Mission

Laurel House provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their communities throughout Fairfield County. 

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