Society for Disabilities Workforce Development Opportunities Change Lives
Success Story Testimonial: Zach Smith, Operations Manager
“If it wasn’t for workforce development programs like these, and Marci (Executive Director) believing in me enough to guide me through this process and offer me a full-time job at the Society for disABILITIES, my life would be very different today.”
Zach was placed at Society for disABILITIES through the Stanislaus Alliance Worknet program which provides CalWORKs/TANF (cash aid) customers with on-the-job training opportunities. For over six years, Zach served as our organization’s Operations Manager. As the Operations Manager, Zach was responsible for overseeing the loan closet, two thrift stores and played an integral role in the organization as a whole. Zach’s inspiring story of hard work and self-determination helped him overcome personal and professional barriers in his life that have improved a new path for himself, his family and that of future generations.
Donations, grants and sponsorships to the Society for disABILITIES are a direct investment in the people in our community.
The Society for disABILITIES plays a pivotal role in our communities by providing essential programs and services that make a positive impact on the lives of people. One of our successful programs includes providing people with disabilities, seniors, and the unemployed with opportunities to gain critical skills needed from today’s workforce. In some cases, participants have the opportunity to change the trajectory of their life and the lives of their families by breaking the cycle of generational poverty. The Society for disABILITIES plays a pivotal role in our communities by providing essential programs and services that make a positive impact on the lives of people. One of our successful programs includes providing people with disabilities, seniors, and the unemployed with opportunities to gain critical skills needed from today’s workforce. In some cases, participants have the opportunity to change the trajectory of their life and the lives of their families by breaking the cycle of generational poverty.
The Society for disABILITIES partners with multiple community agencies including (Alliance Worknet, Senior Community Service Employment Service Employment Program (SCSEP), Vocational Coaching & Development Institute (VCDI), Transition to Work, Re-Employability, and more) to increase the number of occupational skills training opportunities for people with disabilities, military veterans and low-income seniors. We are proud of our role to provide people with access to practical on-the-job training opportunities to develop their skills, gain confidence, and engage in real-life applications using skills learned.
Why our workforce development programs matter. Economic security impacts a person’s health and well-being. Economic security is directly linked to a person’s ability to access healthy food, medical care, education and safe environments. According to the State of California Employment Development Department, in 2016, the San Joaquin Valley’s unemployment rate nearly reached 8%. California’s unemployment rate in 2016 was 5.2%. The need for jobs that pay a living wage is important when seeking safe and affordable housing.
We provide individual employment plans that are developed upon the unique needs of each participant, with the goal of turning them into skilled job candidates. Job training opportunities include: retail, warehouse, equipment repair workshop and clerical. Participants become part of a team, engage in activities that build teamwork and organizational skills, and social interaction. Our goal is to help people with barriers to employment become more self-sufficient, gain skills that will expand their options to various job opportunities.
The Society for disABILITIES operates a thrift store, in Modesto, providing affordable housewares, furniture and clothing to the public.
Participants have opportunities to gain on-the-job-training skills in the following areas:
|Participants in the clerical program learn secretarial, receptionist, data entry, filing, mail room, administrative support, customer service and gain computer technology skills.||Participants in the retail program gain useful skills in customer service, cashiering, and merchandising.||Participants in the warehouse program engage in various physical tasks including processing donations, stocking and packing way, product assembly, help unload donation trucks, and assist with general maintenance throughout the warehouse.||Participants learn how to repair and adjust durable medical equipment in our Medical Equipment Loan Closet program. They receive hands-on experience from basic repair to complex rehab equipment|
A value to our local economy and communities:
Community Investment: Our thrift stores reinvest every dollar back into community programming. Additionally, these stores provide on-the-job training opportunities to the disabled and unemployed. All sales profits go directly back to the wages, community programs associated with the Society for disABILITIES.
Helps the Environment: Everyone can benefit from the low-cost, environmentally sound practice of second-hand and affordable clothing, furniture and housewares. By donating and shopping at our thrift stores, you contribute to less clothes, furniture and housewares, ending up in landfills which reduces waste and pollution.
You Support Goes a Long Way: You can help make a difference in the lives of people and children with disabilities by supporting the Society for disABILITIES.
- Make a Financial Donation.
- Donate your lightly used clothing, furniture and housewares to our thrift stores.
- Shop at our thrift stores.
- Donate durable medical equipment to our medical loan closet.