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Employment

Community Employment Services (Job Placement Services):

This program assists individuals with barriers to employment in finding the best job match, taking into consideration interests, skills, and abilities, and using an individualized service plan. Participants are paired with an Employment Specialist for weekly meetings to create a resume, master application, references, and cover letter, in addition to networking with employers, practicing interview skills, and other necessities for finding and keeping a job.

Employment Services are offered at all Career Center locations (See “Find a Career Center” to contact an office closest to you for referral or private pay information)

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.

This program is offered at all Career Center locations (See “Find a Career Center” to contact an office closest to you for referral or private pay information)

Specialized Employment Services:

MERS/Goodwill offers specialty programs for employment for individuals with Autism, Brain Injury, or who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.  See “Programs and Services” page for links to each program with locations and more information.

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.

These programs are offered through the Forest Park Workshop (314) 371-1296 and Computer Works (3728 Market St. (314) 982-8952) locations: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Access Program:

This program assists individuals who are survivors of intimate partner violence with employment.  This program is program is offered through the Lippman Center by referral only.  Contact 314-647-7453 for referral and program information.

Careers in Transition (CIT):

This program assists unemployed and underemployed members of the Jewish Community in all phases of the job search process.  This program is by referral only and is located at the Lippman Center.  Contact 314-647-7453 for more information.

Transition from School to Work:

This program provides high school students with disabilities the skill and work experiences to prepare them for successful employment and service linkages after graduation.  This program is offered at all Career Center locations.  (See “Find a Career Center” to contact an office closest to you for referral or private pay information).

Missouri Work Assistance:

Provides employment related services in 54 counties in Missouri to individuals who are receiving Temporary Assistance cash benefits from FSD. Participants are provided with vocational counseling, job readiness training, job placement assistance, and supportive services.

Please contact 314-241-3464 for contact and referral information.  MWA services are offered Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the following counties: Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francios, Ste. Genevieve, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Camden, Crawford, Gascondade, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Phelps, Pulaski, Scott, Stoddard, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, St. Charles, Shelby, Warren, Adair, Clark, Knox, Schuyler, Scotland, Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Texas, Wright, Butler, Carter, Dent, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, and Wayne.

WIA Adult and Dislocated Worker Program:

A job readiness training and placement program for residents of the Missouri counties of Jefferson, Franklin, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Giradeau, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Schuyler, Scotland, Clark, Adair, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Shelby, Marion, Pike, Montgomery, and Lincoln.

Please contact 314-241-3464 for contact and referral information.  Services are offered Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

WIA Youth Program:

Provides youth with appropriate vocational goals, work experience, group education, job development and placement services. Sites are located in St. Louis City; the Illinois counties of Bond, Randolph, Monroe, St. Clair, Washington, Clinton; and the Missouri counties of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Giradeau, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Dunklin, and Pemiscot.

  • Placement Services at all Career Centers
  • Supported Job Development at all Career Centers
  • Career Assistance Program in the following counties:  Washington, Jefferson, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard, St. Louis, St. Charles
  • Adult/Dislocated Workers in the following counties:  Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Scott, Stoddard, throughout most of Southeast Missouri

Please contact 314-241-3464 for contact and referral information.  Services are offered Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.