Spreading the word about employment services

Employment Services Team Coordinator, Kristy French, mapping out the program’s employment partners. Photo: Kate Jones

This spring the GHS Employment Services team moved upstairs to the third floor of the Garth Home Centre, where they have already made the space their own. They have stenciled inspiring quotes on the walls, highlighted local business partners on a giant map and added signage welcoming visitors to the space.

The Employment Services team is also spreading the word about their programs via new outreach materials. The materials speak to families and adults with developmental disabilities who are interested in exploring employment opportunities, as well as to local businesses looking to hire a GHS client. Ultimately, the team hopes to connect program participants with businesses offering meaningful employment opportunities. This will increase program participants’ confidence and independence, as well as achieve employers’ business goals.

As part of their recent outreach initiative, the Employment Services team hosted an open house to showcase their new office space and meet with current and potential program participants.

“We believe in the transformational power of employment to bring an increased sense of purpose to the lives of people with developmental disabilities,” says Employment Services Manager, Jeanine Reemst. “We’re excited about meeting with and identifying more opportunities for program participants in the coming months.”

Currently, the Employment Services program works with more than 70 clients and 40 businesses across Greater Victoria.

For more information about the Employment Services team visit their space on the third floor of the Garth Homer Centre or call 250-475-2270 and ask to speak with the team.