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Developmental Disabilities

Supported Employment:

A program designed to meet the employment needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. The components involved are Discovery and Exploration, Job Development, Job Coaching, and Long-Term Retention.

Supported Employment Services are available at all Career Center locations.  Please see “Find a Career Center” for contact information and program specifics at each location, as well as referral/private pay options.

Supported Living:

Individuals in St. Louis City with various disabilities are assessed for strengths and needs in living independently. MERS/Goodwill provides assistance with identification of the apartment or house, referral to other neighborhood services, and long-term supports.

Offered through the Aftergut Center 314-241-3464.

Organizational (Sheltered) Employment:

Provides employment and case management services to persons who are choosing a sheltered workshop setting. Participants are required to be certified eligible for sub-minimum wages through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Some of the piece-rate work experiences available include packaging, assembly, collating, and machine operation.

This program is a computer demanufacturing program that employs individuals with developmental disabilities and individuals on the Autism spectrum.  Computers donated to Goodwill by the community and local businesses are deconstructed and parts are recycled.

Offered through the Forest Park (314) 371-1296 and the Computer Works (3728 Market St. (314) 982-8952) locations:  7 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

*Please call for referral and eligibility information.