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Business Solutions (Human Services)

Program Description

SOAR365 provides training and employment for men and women who have disabilities. These support services are needed because, nationally only 34% of adults with disabilities who are actively seeking work are employed (as compared to 77% without disabilities).
In the 1970s, when we started one of the first sheltered workshops in RVA, there were no other work options. Today, SOAR365 has a comprehensive training and employment program that assesses job seekers’ abilities, matches their interests to the right jobs and provides ongoing support to ensure the success of every worker in a wide range of work settings.
• In our Workforce Development program, men and women who want to enter the workforce learn and practice marketable job skills that will prepare them for employment.
• In our Production Facility, where we provide a high level of supervision in a structured work setting, our workers perform light industrial jobs that include assembly and packaging.
• Through SOAR365’s contracts with local government facilities and commercial businesses, our employees receive market-competitive wages for jobs in fields that include:
o Janitorial & Custodial Services
o Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance
o Assembly & Logistics
o Digital Imaging
o Administrative Services

• Through our Supported Work program, we help individuals get and keep jobs with local businesses.
SOAR365’s community-based employment services meet international quality and continuous improvement standards. For many years, we have received the highest level of accreditation through CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
In 2018, over 200 men and women participated in work development and employment programs at SOAR365. They developed their work-related skills, gained work experience, earned wages and develop the self-esteem that comes from having a job.
Why we need your help: Although some of our employment programs operate profitably and help fund our human services programs, others exist solely to provide job opportunities for individuals. For example, in 2017 our Assembly and Logistics and Digital Imaging operations provided jobs for 73 individuals but operated with a loss of over $770,000.

Program Address

1901 Westwood Ave Richmond Virginia 23227

Classification

Job Training

Location

Richmond

Primary Population Served

Adults with Disabilities

Success Stories

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