DePaul Industries’ Unified Workforce program offers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on-the-job experience honing the soft skills they’ll need to succeed in community-based employment, while earning at least minimum wage. Unified Workforce employees are fully integrated into our food packaging facility on Hayden Island in Portland, Oregon, working alongside, and performing the same jobs as, people with and without disabilities.

Unified Workforce employees packaging hazelnuts  Unified Workforce employees putting together boxes

An Integrated Environment Supports Skill Acquisition

DePaul Industries’ Unified Workforce program provides a supportive environment where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can hone the skills they need to succeed in community-based employment.

Unified Workforce employees work side-by-side with hundreds of other employees, both with and without disabilities, at our Hayden Island food packaging facility. While gaining valuable experience in a mainstream workplace and earning minimum wage or above, they remain eligible for public benefits.


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Focus on Soft Skills

Today’s employers place a high value on soft skills. These skills, which Unified Workforce employees hone on the job, include:

• Active listening
• Conflict resolution
• Prioritizing and creating to-do lists
• Self-advocacy
• Negotiating adaptive accommodations
• Managing social boundaries
• Coping with stress and anxiety
• Professional dress and language

Unified Workforce serves as a supportive bridge to community-based employment. When challenges arise in our workplace that may get an employee penalized or dismissed from community-based employment, we treat them as learning opportunities. Our experienced job coaches work through these challenges with associates so they gain the skills and confidence to manage them at a job in the community.


Unified Workforce employees putting together retail displays  Unified Workforce employee labeling spices

Interested in Learning More?

Please contact us at the link below to inquire about our program or schedule a tour. We frequently give tours to interested employees and their families, case managers, service providers, schools, and other interested individuals and groups.

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Depaul Industries

Focus on your best. Outsource the rest.

DePaul Industries is the Northwest's most comprehensive outsourcing specialist. From staffing to security, to food and consumer goods packaging, we tailor a seamless solution to fit the unique needs of your operation. You save time, money and, most importantly, your ability to focus on your strengths.

Our Values

We value our customers as well as our employees, as both are essential to our success. We know that our customers and employees depend on us to be a strong, stable, reliable organization. DePaul Industries strives to be a 'best in class' employer.

Our Mission

DePaul Industries' mission is to help people with disabilities have the opportunity to work. We employ people with all kinds of disabilities, including injury- and illness-related disabilities. We hope to make the world a better place by helping people with disabilities overcome barriers to employment.

We will always focus on providing best-in-class value to our customers. We consider our mission to be our hidden strength.

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