Employment Supports

Employment Resources supports 211 individuals, 119 of which are employed in the community. Others are being supported in order to prepare for, find and retain jobs. We specialize in working with people who have difficulty finding a job, people with disabilities and people who are receiving temporary assistance and/or food stamps. We provide support with job readiness training; placement in competitive industry; follow-up employment supports including job coaches; finding child care, transportation or appropriate clothing for work; and assistance with other personal needs.

Employment Resources provides no-fee employment services and supports for men and women with cognitive, physical, mental or sensory disabilities and the employers who hire them.

In order to help these individuals find and keep rewarding jobs in the community, we customize our services to meet each job seeker's needs, skills and employment interests. We partner with over 85 local employers who provide jobs to individuals with disabilities and we provide training, coaching and other supports for a successful employer/employee relationship. 

Our Services Are Offered to Both Job Seekers and Employers
Employment Resources offers expert recruiting, job training and extended support services free of charge to our customers. We do the important work of matching capable people with disabilities to employers looking for qualified, long-term employees.

How We Work with Job Seekers
If you have a disability and want to work, Employment Resources can assist you in obtaining successful employment. Employment Resources will work with you every step of the way to customize a job of your choice to match your interests, skills and career path.

Our training and on-the-job support will allow you to settle in and learn to do your job well. We’ll be there to help you get acquainted with your employer and co-workers. We’ll stay until you feel comfortable with your work and surroundings. Then, depending on your individual needs and funding options, we'll check in with you on a regular basis or visit you at the job site. We'll be there to assist you in learning new tasks or to help resolve any problems that might come up.

We work together by:

  • assisting with referral (All job seekers are referred to us through Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS VR). We assist individuals without an open case with ACCESS VR in order to receive services.)
  • helping to set and reach personal goals
  • addressing personal needs
  • evaluating skills
  • providing classes, training, coaching and job site familiarization
  • identifying and reviewing opportunities
  • filling out applications and preparing for interviews
  • checking in on a regular basis in order to ensure success
  • helping with job retention


HOW WE WORK WITH EMPLOYERS
If you are looking for valuable employees, we can help you hire people with disabilities who are dedicated and capable. Employment Resources will provide the training and support needed for successful, long-term placements at no cost to you or the people we serve. If you have a job opening, we analyze the skills needed and then find and train a suitable candidate.

We connect with ACCESS VR and other funding resources to make employers aware of eligible tax incentives and programs including “Work Try Out,” which allows for wage reimbursement for a specified period of time after hire of an individual with disabilities. After hiring the right candidate, Employment Resources will work with you to teach the new employee the basic job skills required of the position. In addition to supporting the employee, we will also provide any training your staff may need about issues related to disabilities and our role in supporting the employer/employee relationship. When needed, we will provide additional skills training in order to ensure your employee is successful.

We work together by:

  • explaining our services
  • assessing and learning about the needs of your workplace
  • identifying job opportunities
  • offering potential candidates for the job
  • offering support through the interview process and completing the job offer
  • training and helping to develop the necessary skills to meet the specific job
  • providing coaching and ongoing support and communication to ensure a successful employer/employee relationship


SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
In addition to job placement services, Lexington is also committed to developing businesses and social enterprises that provide integrated employment opportunities for the individuals we support. These businesses have proven mutually beneficial for both the people they employ and the communities in which they are located.

Encore Kids, located at 34 N. Main St. in downtown Gloversville, is one such venture. Encore Kids is an upscale consignment store which offers designer and brand name clothing and accessories in sizes newborn through children’s- 14/16. In addition to clothing and accessories, the store also sells items produced at Lexington including artwork created by artists in the Creative Expressions program, greeting cards, jewelry and decorative accessories for the home and office. Conveniently located next door to the Mohawk Harvest Co-op Market, Encore Kids has seven part-time employees and one full-time manager. With the manager’s help, the three women who work at the store have learned valuable skills for working in retail. Each has expressed how happy they are to have the experience and they all look forward to greeting and helping customers in the store every day.

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Another such Lexington business is The Mobile Work Crew (The Crew), a professional cleaning and janitorial service that has been cleaning area offices and businesses for over 15 years. Reasonable rates, reliable staff and friendly service are the hallmarks of this outfit. In addition to standard cleaning services, The Crew now offers both deep cleaning of tile floors and commercial carpet cleaning. Rick Ruby of Ruby and Quiri in Johnstown said, “The Crew has been cleaning our facility for years. We trust them and are completely satisfied with their work.”

The Center at Lexington is a full service conference, training and event space located at Lexington’s 465 N. Perry Street, Johnstown facility. Events at the site requiring catering, set up and take down of equipment, and services are provided by Kingsboro Catering. Kingsboro Catering has hired nearly a dozen individuals with disabilities for food prep, serving, set, hosting, clean up and other kitchen duties. These individuals work with other Lexington employees and outside vendors who support Kingsboro Catering.

Employment Resources is committed to helping people with developmental disabilities lead productive and successful lives. Individuals with disabilities are qualified, motivated, productive and reliable employees who make valuable contributions to the workforce and economy. Hiring individuals with disabilities promotes an inclusive work environment and supports workforce diversity. If your company has an employment opportunity, consider partnering with us.

For more information, please call (518) 773-4646 or email info@lexcenter.org.