Effective August 1, 2016, Community Link placed into effect a plan to enable our day services to be more consistent with Community Link’s mission, “to actively support the inclusion of individuals with disabilities within our community.”
Individual Employment Services
Currently there are more than 30 people working in individual jobs throughout Boulder County with support through Community Link. We are now accepting referrals for locating and supporting individuals in jobs through Imagine’s HCBS Medicaid Waivers (Supported Living Services and Developmental Disability/Comprehensive). Referrals through the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation are also being accepted at this time. Community Link/Employment Link is enhancing our employment services by increasing the number of dedicated staff working in this area. Consistent with recent changes in federal regulations for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the historical values of Community Link, Community Link does not support segregated or group employment or employment situations that pay workers sub-minimum wages.
We offer volunteer opportunities to small groups of customers in community integrated work settings. This provides individuals with the support of an Employment Link staff person while they develop work and social skills. It also offers the opportunity to develop community social relationships. Jobs may be short or long term and are developed based on each individual’s preferences and abilities. Organizations with whom we partner include Boulder County Housing and Human Services, Boulder Day Nursery, Boulder Meals on Wheels, Elder Share, Boulder County Open Spaces, University of Colorado, Boulder County AIDS Project, Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Boulder Public Library, Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (H.O.P.E.), Longmont Humane Society, Longmont YMCA, Rocky Mountain Christian Church and WOW! Children’s Museum. Employment Access services are currently offered only in Boulder County.
Employment Link offers a community based day program for people with disabilities who are of retirement age. The seniors participate in a variety of recreational and volunteer activities in their community. The program is designed to link seniors with non-disabled peers who share common interests. The type and degree of support provided is responsive to each person’s needs. Regular activities include delivering Meals on Wheels, writing to pen pals, activities at the Senior Center, bingo, yoga, shopping, coffee groups, arts and crafts, ladies’ group, mens’ group, and bowling. These services are currently offered only in Boulder County.
Project SEARCH Program
Beginning in 2008 Employment Link became the statewide coordinating agency for Project SEARCH, an innovative school to work transition program. Students are immersed in the work culture of a “host company” that provides three ten-week internships in those areas of the company that interest the student. The purpose of this project is to have each student gain a job with the host company or other cooperating companies. Present programs include the Poudre School District / Columbine Health Systems project in Fort Collins, the Jeffco Public Schools / Children’s Hospital Colorado project in Aurora and the Boulder Valley School District / Boulder Community Health. This effort has been supported through a grant from the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council. For more information on Project SEARCH, please contact Bob Lawhead, Colorado Project SEARCH Statewide coordinator at 720-641-5141 or firstname.lastname@example.org