We know adults with mental illness can and want to work – they prove it over and over.

“Work is essential… it is the glue that binds us to society.” – Bob Harvey, Founding Director

Work gives us purpose and connects us to those around us. It builds community and gives meaning to our lives. But for people with mental illnesses, it is difficult to find and keep a good job. Self-doubt and low self-esteem can be compounded by the terrible feelings that come with unemployment. Because of this, employment is one of the fundamental building blocks of the Clubhouse. Independence Center strives to give every person who wants it a chance to work at a real job.

Independence Center provides:

  • Instruction in resume preparation

  • Interview training

  • Assistance with individualized job searches

  • Employment workshops

  • Job development

  • Job placement services

  • On-the-job training and supports

  • Ongoing follow-up for both the employee and the employer

  • Lifetime job retention and upgrading services

Through a network of supporters and businesses in the St. Louis community, the Center continually seeks new opportunities to place members in Transitional, Independent and Supported Employment.

If your company is interested in learning more about providing employment opportunities for members of Independence Center, please call Amy Clinton at (314) 880-5407.

Transitional Employment (TE)

Transitional Employment (TE) enables members to build confidence and momentum in pursuing real work:

  • Is a part-time, temporary placement intended to re-integrate a member into a real work situation.
  • Is chosen based on the idea that each job should require skills that each member already possesses (this is not a career move, but simply a chance to get acclimated to a workplace, the discipline and resources necessary to have a job.)
  • Usually lasts six months and can be anywhere from 10-20 hours a week.
  • Is supported by staff “on-the-job” – meaning staff cultivate the relationship with the employer and actually spend time learning the job to help train the members for when they take over. Staff make sure the job is appropriate for the member, that he or she has transportation and serve as the point-person with the employer to address any questions/situations that may arise, etc.
  • Staff will fill the position if the member is sick or cannot make it to work, always ensuring the employer is never without an employee.

Independent Employment (IE)

The ultimate goal of Independence Center’s employment programs are to assist members in achieving Independent Employment (IE):

  • Is either full-or part-time, but is intended to be a long-term placement versus the temporary nature of TE.
  • Can be opportunities the Center finds, or more often, they are opportunities members seek out and find on their own.
  • Is supported by staff who assist members off-the-job – providing benefits consultation, transportation guidance, etc. In IE, the relationship with the employer is directly with the member.
  • Is intended to incorporate more of the career path a member wishes to take. It takes into consideration members’ specialized skills and career aspirations.
  • Is supported by the EDGE Program – a week-long training program that prepares members to enter a higher-level, more permanent and independent job.

Supported Employment (SE)

Supported Employment (SE) offers a permanent, competitive solution to meet your needs. The following are included in the SE Program:

  • Qualified employees who have been successful with several Transitional Employment positions.
  • Ability to work full or part-time.
  • Training for the members when they start the job, as needed.
  • Ongoing support to the members, and the employer, throughout their work experience.
  • The opportunity to achieve permanent, competitive employment.
  • Assistance with the job search, securing the position, negotiating reasonable accommodations and benefits counseling.

 

Current Employers

  • 4M
  • Alexian Brother’s Nursing Home
  • Algonquin Nurses/Home Team American Healthcare
  • Applebee’s
  • Aramark
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Bernard Nursing Home
  • Best Buy
  • Boeing
  • Bon Appetit Food Co.
  • Bowood Farms
  • Bridges
  • Bryan Cave
  • Café Osage
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Centaur Bldg. Services
  • CWE Community Improvement District
  • CLEAN Uniform
  • Commercial Bldg Services
  • CSL Plasma
  • Customer Direct
  • Dierbergs
  • Elite Staffing
  • Every Childs Hope
  • Favazzas
  • Fed Ex
  • Flance
  • Fox Theatre
  • Friendship Village
  • Frosty Treats
  • St. Louis Galleria
  • Gatesworth
  • H&R Block
  • Hardee’s
  • Heartland
  • Hershey Factory
  • Hilton St. Louis Ballpark
  • Home Depot
  • Home Health
  • Homegoods
  • IHOP
  • Innovative Living Solutions
  • Joey B’s
  • Joseph Clayton
  • Kennelwood Village
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Lowe’s
  • Macys
  • Maggiano’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mary Culver Home
  • Mercy
  • Maritz
  • NAMI
  • National Healthcare
  • National Real Estate Properties
  • Northview Nursing Home
  • Northwest Coffee
  • Office Depot
  • Osage Café
  • Park Warehouse
  • Pearson Group
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Pizza World
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Rib City
  • Rose Industries
  • Salvation Army
  • Schnucks
  • St. Louis Science Center
  • Sears
  • Seniors Helping Seniors
  • Serco
  • Sleeve A Message
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Southwest Food Excellence
  • St. Louis Sportservice
  • St. Louis Public Library
  • St. Patrick Center
  • Starbucks
  • Steak & Shake
  • Stifel
  • Subway
  • Telegraph Café
  • The Benfield Group
  • The City Of Maryland Heights
  • The Hallmark-Brookdale Senior Living
  • The St. Louis Arch
  • TJ Maxx
  • University City Children’s Center
  • Unique Crafters
  • US Foods
  • VA Library
  • Walmart
  • Westwood Country Club
  • Whelan Security
  • YMCA
  • Zipmail
  • St. Louis ZOO