This program assists individuals learn more about jobs in their community. This customized program educates individuals on job tasks, requirements, hours, pay, working conditions and more.
The goal of the Connections Program is to acquire, retain, or improve leisure skills, community integration, self-advocacy skills, wellness and safety, mobility, communication, and /or socialization in a small group setting away from the individual’s home.
Individuals ages 16 and up will have an opportunity to try a wide range of activities that take place in the community and on site. Activities vary from month to month. On site activities include making crafts, cooking, projects, learning computer skills, playing games, movies, educational films, review of current events and many more. We have a wide variety of community outings including bowling, picnics, fishing, sporting events, shopping and even optional volunteer projects. Our activities incorporate a broad range of areas relating to leisure, wellness and safety, exercise, community integration, self advocacy, mobility, communication, and learning about available resources in our community.
Programming takes place from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.
The goal of this facility-based employment program is to prepare individuals ages 16 and up for paid or unpaid employment. Individualized training is provided on job readiness skills such as following directions, attending to tasks, task completion, problem solving, safety, mobility training, and more.
Individuals will have an opportunity to try a variety of jobs in the area of packaging, assembly, collating and cleaning at LifeWorks’ Vocational Site in Fort Dodge only.
Work hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with 15 minute breaks beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and a lunch break from noon to 12:30 p.m.
Individuals with disabilities have work skills that can be beneficial for employers. The goal of Supported Employment is to match individuals with work skills to employers who have human resource needs, and to help thos individuals maintian their employment.
The goal of the program is to help individuals gain and maintain work skills and behaviors in a small group, community-based setting. A Work Crew Supervisor provides the training, and general supervision, during the hours set by LifeWorks' business partners.