For 2017, community employment positions for residents were reviewed. The target for community employment was for ten residents to be hired in competitive community jobs. The Lighthouse, Inc. was able to place twenty residents in community jobs.
The following local businesses provided employment to Lighthouse residents: McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Club 24, The Oven, Cass River Trader, Woody's Hotel, Great Wolf Lodge, Life Church, Shoppers Advantage Newspaper, B&Z Well Drilling, GTI and VGs. In addition to the competitive community employment program, The Lighthouse facilitated supportive employment utilizing a janitorial service, car wash, horse barn stable hands and lawn care crew enclaves.
Sixty-one adult and pediatric residents participated in this program. The car wash program also included individuals who attend the Day Treatment Program. Some residents worked in both the Competitive Employment Program and the Supportive Employment Program at The Lighthouse during the year.
In 2017, KW Enterprises opened to provide off-campus employment opportunities for residents.
Our vocational programs serve to not just brain injury and spinal cord injury clients but to those that after an evaluation meet the criteria to participate in all the wonderful vocatinal opportunities.