At Vinfen, we transform lives by helping individuals on their journey to find employment that matters to them.
Our Employment Services provide individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the support they need to develop important job skills needed for career opportunities. We provide this through community-based vocational training and employment opportunities.
Vinfen offers individuals a variety of options to assist job seekers on their path to finding a career. We provide services that help our job seekers prepare for, obtain, and continue their highest possible level of employment through Supported Employment, Group Employment, Sponsored Employment, and Arts Based Vocational Services. At Vinfen, we always develop jobs that pay minimum wage.
We work together with individuals, their families, their residential providers, local businesses, the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Service, and community members to help individuals become more independent economically and socially. Supervisors, clinicians, job coaches, and job developers are here to provide personalized training and support. This support is provided in the areas of career planning, searching for employment, social skills, communication skills, community access, mobility skills, and maintaining employment.
Supported Employment is a person-centered and individualized career planning model that leads to an individual securing and maintaining long-term employment in the community through on-site job training, short- and long-term job coaching, and assistance in the strengthening and building of natural supports.
Vinfen works with businesses to develop employment arrangements that are designed to meet the needs both of our job seekers and their employers. If you are an employer who is interested in partnering with Vinfen, please click here. We’re always looking for new organizations to partner with us.
Current and past business partnerships include:
- Bob’s Discount Furniture
- Brookline Greenspace Alliance
- Episcopal Divinity School
- New Balance
- Shaw’s Supermarket
- VERC Enterprises
- Social Catalysts
Group Employment is a career planning model that provides valuable on-the-job training to small groups of individuals by establishing natural supports within the workplace and preparing individuals for a future job placement within the community.
Sponsored Employment at Vinfen is a great opportunity for individuals who are seeking group or supported employment. These are paid opportunities, which provide real work and training experience so individuals can improve and enhance their social and employment skills.
ARTS-BASED VOCATIONAL SERVICES
Arts-Based Studio Services are offered through our Gateway Arts program. Gateway Arts provides professional development for individuals who are talented in fine hand crafts and fine art. Artists are encouraged to follow their dreams, and create a unique individualized career, while learning new processes and developing skills with the encouragement and support of a professional staff of artists.