At Goodwill Southern California, we are pleased to offer outstanding training programs, job placement services and opportunities within our organization and with employers throughout the community, to individuals with disabilities
Goodwill Southern California offers a variety of work and skills training opportunities to individuals with a diagnosed disability referred by sources like the Department of Rehabilitation and Regional Center. Staff fluent in English, Spanish and American Sign Language are at your service. We have rewarding work opportunities in Electronic Waste Recycling, Food Services, Assembly and more.
For additional information please contact 323.539.2057.
Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. For more information, please call 323.539.2000. Goodwill Southern California provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. The TTY/TTD phone number is 323.539.2057. Please contact our staff 72 hours in advance. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program.
Work Activity Program
The Work Activity Program of Goodwill Southern California’s Workforce & Career Development department is designed to assist clients with developmental and other disabilities to develop good work habits and skill sets with the eventual goal of successful placement and integration into a job in the community. It is designed to serve both Habilitation and non-Habilitation clients referred by the Regional Center system and the California State Department of Rehabilitation.
Supported Employment is a program designed to provide competitive work opportunities for adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment in integrated individual as well as group work settings so that they may achieve their highest level of personal and economic independence. All participants are provided services which include job search, job preparation, and job coaching which is available for all regional center clients as long as the client is employed. Some services may be time limited depending on the referral source and authorization provided.
Employment Services is a program designed to assist adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment to prepare for, obtain, and maintain work in the community so that they may achieve their highest level of personal and economic independence. All participants are provided services which include job preparation (Job Club), job search and placement, and job coaching as needed and approved. Services are time limited and must be provided within parameters set by the California State Department of Rehabilitation authorization for services.
Personal, Vocational, Social Adjustment Program
The Personal, Vocational and Social Adjustment Program is a series of classes designed to improve your ability to work independently by providing training in behaviors and personal social skills essential to success in the workplace. Individual training is used to address barriers to employment such as interpersonal and communication skills, dress and grooming skills, organizational skills and problem solving skills. There are 25 classes in all to choose from.
The purpose of the Situational Assessment is to determine skills, abilities, work behaviors and motivation as well as to identify barriers to employment. The Situational Assessment provides the opportunity for participants to experience actual work in their local community. You will get to work for a short while at a community business or within a Goodwill site. The business will be chosen based on your work goals and their availability. A Goodwill staff member, called an Assessor, will be with you on the job at all times to help you and to note how well you are doing.
Transitional Employment Program
The Transitional Employment Program is a program designed to provide competitive work opportunities for adults with disabilities so that they may achieve their highest level of personal and economic independence. This program provides job coaching to participants as they move from one set of duties to increasingly more difficult duties in community jobs. Services are time limited.
Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work Program is a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security Administration. The purpose of the program is to offer beneficiaries the support they need to increase their ability to work, increase earnings and increase the chance a beneficiary will become and stay self-supporting to the extent possible. We assist individuals who have at least been employed within the past two to three years. Individuals who have not been employed longer than three years we refer to Department of Rehabilitation or other Vocational Rehabilitation centers. While in the Ticket to Work program a beneficiary will receive benefits counseling on the available work incentives such as the Student Earned Income Exclusion, Plan to Achieve Self Support, Blind Work Expenses and Impairment Related Work Expenses. We also provide job placement assistance, wage reporting assistance and protection from Medical Review by Social Security Administration.
Goodwill Southern California’s Deaf Career Services opens doors by providing services to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing enter the workforce and obtain sustainable employment. Our goal is to empower participants with training and education so they may achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity, and work place integration.
Deaf Career Services Provides Individuals:
Work Experience for Practical Application
Job Placement Services
Internships and Networking Opportunities
Communication Technology Provided at Place of Employment
Employment Preparation Services
Deaf Career Services determines barriers to employment and provides a suitable job match or referrals to appropriate skill sets. We coordinate and collaborate with partners that recognize the skills, talents, and experience offered by the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
For more information or service, please visit or call our Deaf Career Services team at:
342 N. San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90031
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