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Supported Employment

Supported Employment

Garden Center Services’ Supported Employment Program is a creative approach to employment for people with disabilities and a valuable resource for local businesses. Employees receive individualized job skills training and on-the-job support to ensure their performance meets employer expectations and encourages job retention.

After a careful assessment of an individual’s skills and vocational interests, a GCS job developer will conduct a job search in the community, assisting prospective employers in the identification of appropriate jobs and tasks to meet the needs of their specific businesses. A comprehensive job analysis is conducted to ensure a good employer/employee match. An applicant is referred followed by a job interview, after which the final hiring decision is the employer’s.

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Supported Employment Participants in action
Oak Lawn Children's Museum
Prairie Trails Library
GenCorr Packaging
McDonald's Oak Lawn
Rep. Fran Hurley's Office
American Protective Services
Southtown Health Foods
The Original Pancake House - Oak Lawn
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What Our Employers Say...

Is your business looking for a great employee?
  • Are you looking for employees that walk through the door each morning and are eager to do their job?
  • Are you looking for staff that get real meaning and joy from a job well done?
  • Do you want your community to experience your business as one that embraces and supports a diverse and inclusive culture?
    Would you like an employee that motivates other employees and creates a friendlier work place with increased productivity?


If you said YES to any or all of these questions, you should contact Garden Center Services to learn more about employing a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.

For more information contact: 

John Schuetz

Director of Community Day Services