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Pioneer Resources provides participants with a path to employment and greater independence. We believe that every person has the potential for employment and we support individuals in developing successful outcomes. We work with families, outside providers, and employers to provide a continuous transition to employment and ongoing skill development toward independence.

Supported Employment

Individuals with an open case with Michigan Rehabilitative Services (MRS) can receive job placement assistance. We work with each individual to develop an Employment Plan with specific goals toward employment. As an agency, we are utilizing best practices and exploring various assessment and job readiness tools to prepare persons for their employment journey. Our Employment Specialists are ACRE Trained. Being ACRE trained means that our Employment Specialists have a foundation in employment services approved by our Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators. We take our participants through the discovery process to explore all of the positive traits to find that “best match” in a job. We provide an array of supports including:

  • Job Placement
  • Job Coaching
  • Resume Development
  • Job Readiness Workshops
  • Soft Skill Development
  • Customized Employment
  • On the Job Evaluations
  • Job Shadowing
  • Ongoing supports

We’re committed to our individuals’ success and work closely with participants, families, natural supports, and employers to ensure positive outcomes. For more information about Vocational Services contact Stacy Freed, Vocational Services Manager at 231-220-2323 or sfreed@pioneerresources.org.

Integrated Supported Employment

Supported Employment provides opportunities for individuals to work in paid positions while developing skills for competitive integrated employment in the community. We have year-round and seasonal positions available for paid training. This is not a destination for paid work; this is a training opportunity to support participants’ employment goals. Available work sites include:

  • Custodial Crews
  • Camp Work Crews
  • Lawn Maintenance Crews

These programs are authorized by Healthwest and Community Mental Health of Ottawa County, depending on where you reside. Supports Coordinators can assist you with defining your goals and referring you for Pioneer Resources Integrated Supported Employment Services.

Skill Building

Pioneer Resources’ Skill Building program is committed to supporting and advocating for individuals to reach their best potential. The outcome for our participants is integrated competitive employment in the community. We support our participants in exploring different career options in the community and teach soft skills related to employment. Our days are spent in the community at various work and volunteer sites to develop our tools for success. Participants in this program can expect to learn and participate in these kinds of activities:

  • Volunteering
  • Business tours
  • Healthy Eating and exercise
  • Computer Skills
  • Communication and soft skill development
  • Utilizing Public Transportation

This program is authorized by Healthwest and Community Mental Health of Ottawa County, depending on where you reside. Supports Coordinators can assist you with authorization for this service. For more information about this programming, place contact contact Stacy Freed, Vocational Services Manager at 231-220-2323 or sfreed@pioneerresources.org.