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.
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.
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.