Employment Services

If you experience a developmental disability and are looking for Supported Employment or if you are a Business searching for a worker(s), Edwards Center is the answer and has been matching employers with employees since 1972.

FULL TIME, PART TIME AND SMALL GROUP EMPLOYMENT

We specialize in full, part-time, and small group employment for short or long-term jobs. Part-time employment specializes in filling positions ranging from 8 – 20 hours per week, which allows efficient redistribution of tasks and existing workloads within your business. Businesses often find that they are able to save time and money by hiring part time employees through Edwards Center. Through our diverse talent pool, we will match a qualified individual to fit your specific employment needs and unique business culture. Our Small-group employment brings a pool of 3 to 8 workers to your business to accomplish on-going or short term project. All services offer an Edwards Center Job Coach to assist in training, quality control and development for your worker.   

  •  Job Analysis with Job Developer

  •  Pool of Pre-Screened Workers Available

  • Job Carving for accurate skill match

  • Job Coaching

  • Flexible Full-Time Part-Time Employees 

  • Small Group Employment

  • Tax Incentives Available

  • Enthusiastic Workers

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Jason working at Gaylord Industries
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Stronger
Together

Uniting businesses with passionate workers makes certain the job placement will be productive and beneficial for everyone.

Marsha at Grooming Dogs Coats and Tails
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Train For
Success

Practice makes learning easy as we lead job seekers through a step-by-step process to gain self-confidence and skills to become valuable employees

in the workplace. 

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Value
Individuality

Every person is unique, and we strive to match their skills and interests to build successful careers. 

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Creating Performance

On-the-job training, job coaching and ongoing support creates a win-win partnership for both the employer and the employee. 

Alex Working at Meals on Wheel
Mike Working at Jireh Semi
Susan working at Ross's

Become an Employer

WE SUPPORT YOU IN EVERY STEP OF THE PROCESS

As an Edwards Center business partner, you can hire job seekers who want the opportunity to work in their communities. These individuals experience developmental disabilities, but through our customized services, we identify their individual skill sets and match them to the needs of your business. By connecting your employment opportunities with our candidate’s abilities, we provide a WIN-WIN partnership for everyone. A steady job means so much more than a paycheck. It means dignity, it means being involved in a community, and for adults who experience developmental disabilities, it’s a tremendous source of self-esteem.

 

When your business chooses Edwards Center, you’re doing much more than solving critical business needs. You’re keeping jobs in Oregon and you’re helping Oregonians who experience development disabilities find and maintain meaningful, self-affirming employment. We can help employers create a diverse work environment by hiring people who seek the opportunity to contribute to the workforce. Our mission is to find employment for each of these very unique individuals by matching their skill level and job desires with an employer who has a needs for these specific talents. We offer you a team of skilled job coaches that will assist and train these hard-working individuals.  

Hear Alex's Story

Job Development

OUR JOB DEVELOPER WILL MEET WITH YOU FIRST  

Edwards Center provides personalized job development based on the interests, skills, availability and location of the individuals in our program. We have a contractual relationship with the Vocational Rehabilitation Center through which we provide support for individuals interested in obtaining an employment plan. Through this process, we interview the individual and/or their family to gather and evaluate job goals, skills, interests, strengths, work experience, transportation needs, medical issues and other key factors. Once a specific business indicates interest in hiring an individual, our Employment Specialist performs a job analysis to gather information on proposed tasks and the work environment. If the individual and the employer agree that there is a match then Job Development ends and Job Coaching begins.

Our services include customized training and ongoing support provided by our Edwards Center Job Coaches – at no cost to your company. Your business pays only the hourly wage of the person that you hire, plus payroll taxes, if the worker remains on Edward Center’s payroll. If you hire the worker onto your payroll, the wage is determined by your company. By partnering with Edwards Center, you will gain responsible, creative, productive employees who in turn will gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in the work they do with your company.

 

Job Coaching

ONE OR MORE EDWARDS CENTER STAFF ASSIST AND MONITOR TRAINING

We set each of the individuals we work with up to succeed by placing a concerted effort on job coaching. We work closely with the individuals and their families to discuss policies and procedures, wages and benefits (if applicable), pay schedule, dress requirements, break/ lunch routines and purchases, transportation and work hours. Based on the needs of the individual, Edwards Enterprises Job Coaches develop training outlines to monitor ongoing progress. Our Job Coaches work with individuals from the day they enter our program until their objectives are met. We are quick to adapt training methods to help insure individuals are successful in learning tasks, gaining independence and using appropriate social skills. Throughout the process, Employment Specialists remain ready to re-train for future work opportunities.

 

Long-Term Support

WE WILL STAY WITH YOU FOR SUPPORT

Our Job Coaches maintain a close working relationship with the supervisors and coworkers at our individuals’ work sites. This is important to promote honest feedback on work issues as they occur, rather than let them become an obstacle to success. Job Coaches monitor the work site on an individualized frequency and intervene at the work site when required. As needed, Edwards Center staff can be onsite to support daily needs, assist at lunch and break times and handle certain physical tasks or minor job-related issues that may arise.

AT THE WATER COOLER

Dan Goetz 

OWNER, WARNE SCOPE MOUNTS

SMALL GROUP EMPLOYEMENT

We’ve identified 4 or 5 different assemblies for Edwards’ participants to do and we seem to get great productivity and the assembly department is quite pleased. We produce 800,000 Scope Mounts a year and Edwards is a part of it.

Paul B. 

PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

AT ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION

I like making money! I spend it on vacations, like to Hawaii!

Eric Rasmussen 

OWNER, WORLD OF WET PETS TROPICAL FISH

Larry (JOB COACH), is fantastic with Jessica (WORKER); he provides the framework for her to do her job and it’s worked out really well.

BECOME AN EDWARDS EMPLOYER OR EMPLOYEE:
Laurie Chambers, Vocational Director, 503-466-2171 Ext. 105
Amanda Montoya, Job Developer, 503-466-2171 Ext. 114

We Can't Do it Without You!

Here are some of our amazing business partners who employ our hard-working team members:

  •      Andersen Construction 

  •      Cabela’s 

  •      Coats and Tails  

  •      Elmer’s 

  •      Gaylord Industries

  •      Genentech 

  •      Gustav’s German Pub and Grill

  •      Homeplate 

  •      Jireh Semiconductor 

  •      The Meals on Wheels People 

  •      Nike Employee Store 

  •      PetSmart

  •      ProAmpac 

  •      Ross Dress for Less 

  •      Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation 

  •      Warne Scope Mounts 

  •      Whole Foods 

  •      World of Wet Pets

Annette Cleaning the Cold Section at Grocery Store
Rickey Workng with Pitcher of Water
Jordan and Mike Working at Warne New