Career Seeker

At Southern Oregon Aspire, we believe all individuals should be able to work in our community, develop valuable  career skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. We offer people with intellectual and developmental disabilities  job recruitment, training, placement, and coaching services. We specialize in tailoring part-time positions ranging from 2–25 hours per week. We partner with a wide range of businesses and organizations across Josephine County in helping to create a more equitable and inclusive in the Rogue Valley.

If you or someone you care about is interested in employment please reach out to us at Southern Oregon Aspire to learn more about programs, services, and eligibility. You can also speak directly with your case manager.

“I would like a job in the community, what services are available?”

Job Development

A Job Developer works with you and employers in our local community to identify or create positions within a workplace. They support you through the process with job applications and interview prepping.

Job Coaching

Job Coaches directly support you (the career seeker) who may be starting a new job or learning new tasks at an existing job. Coaches help with transitioning to integrated employment and adjusting to daily routines at the workplace as well as ongoing support and advancement of career goals.

Small Group Supported Employment

Small Group Supported Employment provides individuals an opportunity to learn job skills and build their resume while working
in businesses that are operated by Southern Oregon Aspire. People not only learn the skills and develop the abilities required in a specific job, but also gain transferable skills and abilities that will help them to succeed in other work environments.

Discovery

Discovery is a person-centered process that supports a career seeker to find a role that matches a person’s interests and skills. The process is made up of 4-6 assessment sites per person. These sites are chosen based on the individual’s interests and skill sets with the goal of creating a customized Discovery Profile for every individual to further their career goals.

Employment Path Services

Employment Path Services help an individual develop general employment skills through time-limited work experiences in the community. By identifying employment goals through hands-on, person-centered experiences, individuals will gain the confidence and skills necessary to gain an employment opportunity that fits their needs.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities get and keep a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with Southern Oregon Aspire to develop employment opportunities and provide individualized services to each eligible person for their employment success.

Small Group Employment offers 3 businesses that provide opportunities for building valuable job skills:

Janitorial Services

This is a full scale janitorial business with both day and evening crews. The crews are responsible for full scale cleaning of many buildings in the Grants Pass area. The crews work under the direction of a job coach who provides the training, support, and oversight necessary for people at all ability levels to succeed in this line of work.

Landscape Maintenance Services

Our landscape crews can be seen all around town providing services to businesses and residential customers. In this business supported employees not only learn the skills to further their career goals but also learn to use and maintain the specialized equipment necessary to work in this field.

WORX Crew

Work Opportunities Real Experiences (WORX) crew provides contract services to customers. One of the main contracts the crew works on is a project for the City of Grants Pass, assisting them in sending out the monthly water bills. People on this crew learn some of the basic skills that are needed to be successful in any work environment. The crew also provides volunteer work with organizations in the community.

For questions or to learn more please contact:

Kevin Waterman
Employment Services Manager

Bruce Gordon
Community Employment Services Director