In addition to participation in the educational classes provided in the agency’s psycho-social rehabilitation program, individuals are encouraged to pursue their educational interests, such as finishing high school, earning their GED or completing college courses. As part of case management, Program Managers are there to help individuals link with these education resources in the community and do what is necessary to be successful in them.
Pre-Vocational Job Development
In the pre-vocational program each participant is assigned a staff crew leader who guides, instruct and skill-steps each crew member. The objective of the program is to provide participants with the skills they will need to work effectively in a community job while gaining a sense of responsibility and pride that comes from successful job performance. The confidence gained through successful pre-vocational job can lead to the individual going on to earn part time employment in a competitive job in the community.
The indoor crew performs custodial and cleaning work at agency sites and outdoor crew helps to maintain the grounds of Stepping Stones owned properties by performing general lawn-care and light maintenance.
Most of the individuals served by Stepping Stones receive social security benefits and may be unable to be gainfully employed. However many participants are capable of working in less than full-time employment and have job skills learned through previous work. The organization’s Employment Support Specialist is here to assist individuals in returning to employment once the symptoms of their mental illness are stabilized. The Employment Support Specialist assists in all aspect of employment from helping with resume writing, to conducting mock interviews to helping arrange job interviews, to acting as a job coach and helping to make adjustments to address problems as they develop on the job.