This is where individuals find a sense of belonging and are appreciated for a job well done. Within Hope Network’s vocational services, you’ll find a range of options focused on building employment skills, where well-trained staff respect and value each individual for their unique abilities. Staff and individuals work as a team to discover each person’s gifts and celebrate their accomplishments.
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Hope Network Developmental and Community Services provides a group of skill-building services that are individualized, choice driven, and cost effective, leading to greater personal growth and independence. In classrooms, work centers, and community settings, individuals work on personal goals including vocational training, work-for-pay opportunities, and skill building activities.
- Community Volunteer Opportunities
- Work Safety Skill Development
- Workplace Expectations Training
- Temporary Work Experience
- Community Job Exploration
- Workplace Social Skill Development
- Evaluation (Skill Assessments)
- Leadership Skill Development
Services are available at sites in the Kent, Mecosta, Monroe, Osceola, and Wexford County.
- Paris Center -- Paris, MI
- Cadillac Center -- Cadillac, MI
- Community Connections -- Monroe, MI
- Cedar Springs Center -- Cedar Springs, MI
- Work Skills Solutions -- Grand Rapids, MI
Futures and Options Training
Futures and Options Training is structured, in many ways, just like a job. It’s a two-week intensive training, helping individuals plan their employment options, prepare and search for jobs, improve interviewing skills, and acquire and maintain employment. Instructors work with 4 - 8 individuals, exploring and enhancing skills for community jobs, volunteering, Micro-Enterprise, community livings, and making choices toward a vocational future.
The training provides:
- A focus on teamwork, resume writing, and proper interview etiquette.
- An understanding of the difference between group sites, work centers, and community work.
- Increased employability and self-sufficiency.
- A comprehensive approach to job preparation, job placement, and job retention.
- Individualized job readiness training and evaluations.
- Opportunities for enhancing skills, career development, resume building and internet/computer learning.
- Breakout sessions in all areas of employment goals to help support working and non-working participants.
Through the course, individuals will identify strengths and challenges, and work toward self-imposed goals with staff support along the way.
Hope Network Supported Employment provides community-based employment for persons with disabilities, mental illness, or other challenges to employment. Our specialized team makes connections between employers and job candidates, and provides assistance with seeking, finding, and maintaining that job. Our Employment Training Specialists (ETS) provide the tools and connections so individuals can attain greater independence through employment and community involvement.
Person-centered planning is a key component in helping individuals compare their abilities with career choices, and discover their strengths and interests. Our team makes recommendations after observing participants in a variety of situations in the home and community and talking with family members and others in their support network. This ensures the placement is a good fit for the individual and meets the needs of the employer.
- Job Development
- Job Analysis and On-the-Job Evaluation
- Recruitment & Interview Assistance
- Job Shadowing
- Job Placement & Training Assistance
- Cadillac, MI
- Cedar Springs, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Monroe, MI
- Paris, MI
At Hope Network, we help bring ideas and innovation to life. Our Micro-Enterprise program assists individuals who are interested in starting their own business. In it, individuals learn to develop and execute a business plan based upon their own strengths and resources. Business coaches provide assistance with market research, brand identity and development, writing business plans, marketing and sales, banking and leadership skills.
Our staff work with each business owner on a one-on-one basis to establish an individualized plan for the business, and work as a team so personal goals can be proudly met.
We provide assistance in:
- Market research
- Brand identity and development
- Writing business plans
- Accessing micro-loans
- Marketing and sales
- Leadership skills
The Micro-Enterprise program also thrives on support from individuals or groups in the community. A system of support is integral to the sustainability of small businesses.
- Macro Networks of support include community partnerships; business expertise in universities and small businesses.
- Micro Networks of support are built around each small business; assisting the business owner in every aspect of running a business.
To get involved, please contact:
Ron Irvine, Micro-Enterprise Specialist