Supported Work Programs

As a complement to North Star Industries’ work centers and community businesses, Citizen Advocates additionally offers supported work programs, which aid individuals with severe or significant disabilities in obtaining and maintaining employment that is integrated within the community and competitive in wage. With downtown office locations in Malone and Saranac Lake, Citizen Advocates’ Career Visions Employment Services is easily-accessible and ready to help.

Multi-faceted Employment Opportunities

Citizen Advocates’ supported work programs are connected with a number of referral agencies, such as the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), Office of Mental Health (OMH), and Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), to aid those individuals with disabilities looking for employment opportunities. Our professionally trained staff works with individuals providing a range of services including, but not limited to: assessments, job development, interviewing skills, job coaching, and extended supports. We have made successful placements in many grocery stores, restaurants, department stores, golf courses, medical facilities and hotels in the Malone and Tri-Lakes areas.

Customized Services Based on Individual Need

At Citizen Advocates, we pride ourselves on providing services that are customized to individual need. Starting with the fundamentals, our staff members provide intensive job coaching that covers everything from how to properly dress for a job interview to workplace etiquette. We prepare our clients until they can function with minimal assistance - in some instances however, our dedicated staff will even accompany clients on job interviews. Once employment is secured, our employees work with our clients to ensure continued success by providing extended services that entail meeting with employers, family members and the clients themselves. Given the varying levels of need among the individuals we serve, we only provide services upon request, as some clients require temporary assistance in acquiring a job without any follow-up support. To find out more about our supported work programs, call 518.483.3553 in Malone or 518.891.1653 in Saranac Lake.

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