For over 100 years, Goodwill NYNJ has been committed to creating work opportunities for individuals with all types of disabilities: intellectual, developmental, behavioral, and physical disabilities.
We believe there is a profound sense of achievement that comes from a job well done. Everyone should have the right to that experience. That’s why we offer services that support all people to become work-ready and gain independence through employment. Our services include vocational rehabilitation, job training, placement, coaching, treatment and recovery.
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Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
We believe that all people with an intellectual or developmental disability, including persons on the autism spectrum, deserve the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential.
Our core Day Services provide a wide variety of options to build skills such as travel, socialization, money management, communication and other daily tasks to help these individuals live richer and more independent lives.
- Pre-Vocational Services
- A focus on building the skills necessary to move into competitive work:
- Speed and accuracy
- Medicaid Service Coordination
- Offers case management to help participants achieve their unique personal, work and housing goals. The Medicaid Service Coordinator works with each person and their family to develop a comprehensive service plan:
- Choice of where to live and work
- Community activities
- Meaningful relationships with family and friends to promote healthy living
- Pathway to Employment
- Uses one-on-one and group counseling, unpaid and paid internships, and community exploration to develop a Career Plan.
- Day Habilitation
- A focus on improving independent functioning in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills, travel, socialization, money management, and communication.
- Respite provides weekend recreational activities to allow individuals to socialize with their peers, build friendships and have new experiences. Activities include trips to museums, movies, bowling, restaurants, parks, etc.
- Family Reimbursement
- Provides limited financial assistance to purchase goods and services, not funded through other sources, that would significantly impact the health, safety and emotional well-being of the individual/family.
Goodwill NYNJ offers Behavioral Health Services for adults with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.
Our comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation services support participants on their path to recovery. We aim to help them to gain the necesary skills to live independently in their own home, develop a supportive network in their own community, obtain an education, and get a job.
Our clinical treatment services for adults with mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders offer individual, group and family therapy; psychiatric assessment; medication management and education; crisis services; integrated dual disorder treatment and more. We also offer Primary Care services for individuals with serious mental illness.
- Personalized Recovery Oriented Services
PROS is a treatment and rehabilitation program for adults (18+ years old) with serious mental illness, providing assistance with the mental health and substance use issues that prevent participants from achieving their life goals.
Located in Brooklyn and Queens, the program helps participants gain the necessary skills to live independently, to get a job and to develop the support to integrate into their community.
Our two accredited clubhouses in the Bronx and Queens work with adults (18+ years old) diagnosed with mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders to live meaningful and productive lives.
The clubhouse setting provides opportunities for members to work, learn new skills, and join a community to advocate for access to the rights of all individuals to employment, stable housing, relationships, education and quality of life.
- Bronx Assisted Competitive Employment
The Bronx Assisted Competitive Employment (ACE) program offers supported employment services to adults (18+ years old) with mental health and co-occurring substance use diagnoses.
Staff prepares participants for competitive employment and provides follow-up support to ensure smooth adjustment into the workplace.
- Home and Community-Based Services
HCBS provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions to receive services in their own home or community. Staff works with participants to implement their goal plan to achieve independence.
Goodwill NYNJ has been designated to provide the following HCBS services:
- Empowerment services/peer supports
- Family support and training
- Non-medical transportation
- Individual employment support services
- Educational support services
At our core, we know that a job is within the reach of every person who comes through our doors.
Our job is to help them get there. Our individualized employment services address each person's barriers to employment. We help people learn new skills to become job-ready, find work, and receive post-employment support.
Goodwill NYNJ offers direct job placement to connect job-seekers with employers and to help them find community-based full- or part-time jobs. Supported Employment provides short- or long-term job coaching to assist persons at work. We provide off- and on-site coaching.
- Evaluation and Assessment
Performs vocational assessments, including college evaluation and situational assessment to individuals receiving Vocational Rehabilitation prior to training, internships, job placement, or college.
Assessments focus on academics, vocational interests, aptitude, skills and strengths. We determine the areas that need strengthening.
- Job Placement
One-on-one and/or group pre-employment counseling, job exploration, interview preparation, application assistance, resume writing, job development and job placement.
We offer short- or long-term post-placement support depending on each person's need.
- Ticket to Work
Connects individuals with disabilities who are SSI/SSDI beneficiaries with employment service providers.
The program helps SSI/SSDI beneficiaries with disabilities to take the next step toward employment by allowing them to maintain their benefits and using Work Incentives. The goal of the Ticket to Work program is to help individuals to reach self-sufficiency.
- WORK Advocate
Our WORK Advocate, Work Incentives Planning and Assistance(WIPA), shows Social Security beneficiaries how to use work incentives to achieve employment and how to temporarily keep Social Security cash and medical benefits.
- Benefits Advisement
Our Benefits Advisement Program helps NYS vocational rehabilitation consumers understand how work will affect their Social Security income, food stamps, and other public benefits.
We inform these individuals of the SSA work incentives available to help them achieve employment and self-sufficiency.