Adults with Disabilities or Barriers
Community Employment Services
Helping individuals with disabilities to find competitive employment is the goal of Goodwill’s Community Employment Services. Goodwill assists persons with disabilities in preparing for successful job placement and job retention by utilizing Goodwill Industries International’s Career Development Model. Goodwill’s services include instruction or assistance with applications, résumés, and cover letters; interviewing techniques; life and social skills; job shadowing, Community-Based Work Assessments, and on the job experience; placements services; and job coaching. For more information, contact Tara Burkey, CBIS at (814) 536-3536, ext. 231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recovery and Community Integration
To assist individuals 18 and older who are recovering from a serious mental illness to obtain the skills and supports they need to achieve independence in the community, Goodwill offers the state-licensed Recovery and Community Integration Program. Recovery and Community Integration includes Psychiatric Rehabilitation services and Peer Support services, which are choice-based, person-centered programs that empower individuals throughout their recovery journey.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
Based on the Boston University Model of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Goodwill’s Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners provide a variety of services to help a person to develop, reach, and maintain his/her individual rehabilitation goal. Services are provided at Goodwill’s program site in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and also within the community. For more information, contact Colleen Wolfhope, CPRP at (814) 536-3536, ext. 306 or email@example.com.
Peer Support Services
Goodwill’s Peer Support services are provided by Certified Peer Specialists who have personal experience with mental illness and first-hand knowledge of the recovery process. They collaborate with mental health professionals to deliver Individual recovery plans. Services are offered one-on-one in the community seven days per week and during nontraditional hours. For more information, contact Colleen Wolfhope, CPRP at (814) 536-3536, ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Beginnings Drop-In Center
Goodwill’s New Beginnings Drop-In Center, located in Indiana, PA, offers a supportive environment for adults in recovery from mental illness, their family members, and their friends, to get information about mental illness and wellness, connect with community resources, and participate in activities that focus on recovery and self-empowerment.
New Beginnings strives to help individuals improve the quality of all aspects of their lives, including social, occupational, educational, residential, intellectual, spiritual, and financial.
New Beginnings is a recovery-oriented, member-run program that offers structured activities and groups chosen by the members. The center also provides opportunities to just drop in and spend time with other people who share the common goal of recovery.
No referral needed. Just drop in.
New Beginnings Drop-In Center
638 Old Route 119 North
Indiana, PA 15701
Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program
Through the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program, which is the centerpiece of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, Goodwill provides people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) with an opportunity to obtain employment and reach a level of earned income that allows a beneficiary to support themselves and their families without receiving SSI or SSDI benefits. For more information, contact Tara Burkey, CBIS at (814) 536-3536, ext. 231 or email@example.com.
Transitional Work Services
Transitional Work Services provides an integrated delivery system of services including a continuum of prevocational and employment services to encourage and ensure choice, social inclusion, dignity, respect, and client satisfaction——and ultimately, increased independence in the community. Paid work in retail can be included. Eligibility is determined through the Cambria County Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities Program. For more information, contact (814) 536-3536.
YouthBuild Johnstown is a 6–11-month education and job training program for individuals ages 17–24 who live in Johnstown, PA and meet eligibility requirements. YouthBuild is also a housing and community service program. As YouthBuild students, youth help the community by building and rehabilitating housing for residents who meet low-income guidelines and those who are homeless. This expands the supply of affordable housing, provides meaningful work experience, and helps youth to become responsible members of the community.
Youth earn their GEDs. They also earn minimum wage during On-The Job Training, and have the potential for $5 per day for program participation and $10 per week for perfect program attendance.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for YouthBuild, an individual must:
- Live in Johnstown, PA
- Be age 17–24
- Be out of school
- Not have a high school diploma
An individual who meets all of the above requirements is also eligible if he/she meets at least one of the following:
- Has a criminal record or past arrest
- Has a disability
- Has a parent who is incarcerated
- Is aging out of foster care
- Meets low-income requirements or is homeless
- Is a migrant farm worker
An eligible individual who is also a Veteran or a spouse of a certain Veteran will be given priority.
YouthBuild Johsntown is funded 80% by the U.S. Department of Labor through a $720,000 grant and 20% by nongovernmental in-kind support by community partners in the amount of $180,000.
For more information, contact Mindy Rickabaugh at (814) 536-3536, ext. 291 or firstname.lastname@example.org.