A meaningful job can transform a life. As an active and contributing member of society, individuals gain self-esteem and self-confidence, a higher level of economic independence and are able to make connections and develop relationships. The impact doesn’t just stay with the individual. Their family gains assurance that their loved one will be okay, their employer gains a high-performing, loyal employee, and overall, the increased workforce positively impacts the state of Maine. It’s a win-win-win-win.
This wide-ranging impact and unmet need has led Pine Tree Society to launch its new Career Development Department. Our approach? We are committed to discovering abilities together, with each individual, to identify the right employment path for all. What sets us apart? We have developed a family of programs that provide a full spectrum of support – from transition, career exploration, skill development, job identification and placement and retention. Leveraging Pine Tree Society’s partnerships in the business community means that real work opportunities like job shadowing, resume feedback, mock interviews and job placement are readily available.
Learn more about our spectrum of services:
A highly individualized set of services designed to maximize each individuals’ employment potential. Services include: Career Planning using the Discovering Personal Genius tool, Employment Specialist Support to support job readiness and match the individual’s interests, skills and talents with a meaningful job while taking into account logistical challenges like transportation, Work Support for the employee and the employer.
- Age: 18 and up
- Participants must be diagnosed with an intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and have Maine Care with a section 21/29 waiver.
- Employment Services must be written into the individual’s Person Centered Plan.
Currently this program is open to individual’s residing in York or Cumberland county.
An inclusive, supported work experience designed to be a stepping stone to permanent employment or to build skills in new areas. PeerWorkers become part of the Pine Tree Society team whether at Pine Tree Camp supporting facilities and kitchen operations or performing clerical duties in the Bath or Scarborough office. Each PeerWorker will have a mentor who will support the development of skills.
- Age: 16 and up
- Participants must be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
- No funding is necessary to participate.
There are no geographic restrictions but the program takes place on-site at Pine Tree Society’s Scarborough and Bath locations as well as Pine Tree Camp. Participants are responsible for their own transportation.