The Unified Workforce program provides community-based, integrated work opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. All Unified Workforce employees earn at least minimum wage, and develop the skills they need to secure independent community job placement, whether through DePaul Industries or another organization.

Unified Workforce employees packaging hazelnuts  Unified Workforce employees putting together boxes

Focus on Training

Individuals interested in joining the Unified Workforce program have working interviews to determine if the job is a good fit. Upon hire, experienced job coaches provide an orientation, and a training period (typically one to three months) helps employees develop the hard and soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. An emphasis is placed on the skills that will help employees gain future employment, including:

• Adapting to a new work environment
• Punctuality
• Self-advocacy
• Teamwork
• Managing anger and conflict
• Boundaries in the workplace

Job coaches offer ongoing light supports that are aimed at helping employees increase productivity and achieve independence.


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Community-Based, Integrated Workplace

Unified Workforce employees work at DePaul Packaging, a competitively-run food and consumer goods packaging facility on Hayden Island. DePaul Packaging's customers include major national grocery stores, food brands and electronic companies. Unified Workforce employees perform the same jobs as, and work side-by-side with, all employees throughout the facility.

Unified Workforce employees work in a wide variety of capacities related to packaging, assembly and collating of food and other consumer goods products. Jobs may include packaging spices, quinoa or trail mix, assembling retail displays for grocery stores, collecting cardboard to be reused or recycled, and labeling T-shirts. Many types of work are available on any given day, and employees are matched to duties that best fit their skill sets.


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

Interested in Learning More?

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

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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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