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Learn how your business can benefit from hiring and working with individuals supported by Wildwood

 
 
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Looking to recruit qualified candidates to your workforce?

 

Wildwood’s Workforce Development Specialist can work one-on-one with your hiring manager to help recruit talented candidates that best fit your business’ needs. If you choose to interview and hire, Wildwood can support individuals throughout their training period and thereafter to ensure you are getting the most of your new employee.

 

 
Looking to Host Internships or Try Outs?

 

Get to know if a worker is right for you by providing hands on training in an industry where students would like to become employed. Internships can be arranged to be paid or unpaid and Wildwood can help ensure your business is following labor regulations while provide meaningful experiences to workers in training. Wildwood staff can also assist you beyond any typical training and will work directly with the interns you choose to onboard.

 

 
Looking to share your knowledge about work?

 

Offer real-life work tours to expose individuals to the world of work. A tour of your business, facility or program is a quick and easy way to get involved while allowing potential workers to see what skills and experiences are needed to succeed in your business or industry.

 

 
Looking to gain motivated volunteers?

 

Non-profit organizations can collaborate with Wildwood to obtain additional help in work they need completed. Whether you are looking for one volunteer who works occasionally or multiple volunteers who work weekly, we can assist you with finding workers who are carefully matched based on your needs.

 

 

 

Contact Us: 

Meet one-on-one with Wildwood’s Workforce Development Specialist to brainstorm how your business can partner with Wildwood today. 

Bridget Kennedy 
Workforce Development Specialist
bkennedy@wildwoodprograms.org
518.640.3317
 

Work


Vocational and Day Supports

Wildwood believes that each person should have the opportunity to work and/or participate in meaningful ways within their communities.  To support people in building the lives they want, Wildwood maintains a Vocational Continuum of services which allow each person to build skills and receivesupports that are responsive to their specific needs and goals. 
 

 

Day Supports

Day Services at Wildwood provide an environment within which people who are eligible for service through OPWDD can be involved in meaningful activities that allow them to grow and learn, pursue personal goals and interests, gain greater independence and make a contribution to their community.  Individuals participate in a variety of group activities designed to address their personal goals. Wildwood’s Day Services are provided through three sites (in Albany, Colonie and Clifton Park) as well as through a ‘Without Walls’ program. 
 

Day Services: Site-based Supports
Wildwood offers site-based Day Supports at three sites throughout the Capital Region (in Albany, Colonie and Clifton Park).  Each site provides broad choices of activities including community service, arts, recreation, culinary, and vocational skill-building.  Programs are deeply embedded in the community allowing individuals participating to build relationships and form bonds.
 
Day Services: Without Walls
Wildwood’s DayHab Without Walls program (WoW) provides support for individuals who spend their entire day in the community.  Staff provide transportation from home at the beginning of the day and back again at day’s end.  Throughout the day, individuals participate in broad choices of activities including community service, arts, recreation, culinary, and vocational skill-building.
 
For information about Wildwood’s Day Services, contact Robin Sheldon, Director of Day Services rsheldon@wildwoodprograms.org or 518.640.3410
 
 
 

Mud Shoo Farm

Farming and Outdoor Projects at Mud Shoo Farm has been part of Wildwood Programs since 1999.  The grounds include a greenhouse, a year - round education building, an indoor riding arena, fields for growing fruits and vegetable, and pens for raising chickens. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Wildwood’s supporters, this premiere facility makes “Learning for Life” a reality for over one hundred people annually from Wildwood’s Day Services, School, and other programs.
 
Farming and Outdoor Projects at Wildwood, allows individuals to access a variety of non-traditional life-long learning opportunities in agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, equine care, horsemanship and farm support as well as access to recreational activities in a country atmosphere away from the urban and suburban environment where many people live and receive services.
 
The fields at Mud Shoo Farm have produced thousands of pounds of vegetables and fresh eggs that are distributed to local food pantries to help those in need. Participating in the care of chickens and cultivation of crops in order to help their local communities is a great source of pride for people at Wildwood.
 
The Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program provides those interested in equine activities with an opportunity to learn from the ground up about safety, equine care, horse behavior and instincts, handling, tack and tools and riding skills. The program is administered by a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor.   
 


Wildwood Transportation

Wildwood Transportation
Wildwood’s Transportation Department provides transportation from a person’s home to their site-based Day Program, and back again.

For questions about Wildwood Transportation, contact Les Arras, Transportation Services Manager larras@wildwoodprograms.org or 518.608.6102 
 


Pre-vocational Services

Wildwood’s Pre-Vocational Services support those who are interested in working to explore options and build skills that will allow them to attain paid employment that it integrated into the community.  Wildwood’s network of committed business partners provides opportunities for real-world learning.  Two programs are offered with people who have eligibility through OPWDD.
 
Pre-vocational Services: Work Readiness Initiative
The Work Readiness Initiative (WRI) is an OPWDD Community-based Prevocational Program with two primary components:
  • An interactive curriculum that is designed to help participants grow the skills needed for any job.  The curriculum covers 52 topics that reinforce workplace expectations, development of universal "soft skills", and knowledge needed for specific careers. 
  • A series of increasingly personalized opportunities, including workplace tours, job try-outs and internships, allowing individuals to experience a variety of vocational settings so they can make more informed choices about their career path(s).
 
Similar to other types of educational settings, the Work Readiness Initiative has defined start and end dates (every January and July), so that a group of individuals can start at the same time and learn together.  The fundamental goal of WRI is to develop qualified candidates who will be ready to transition into paid employment in their field of choice.
  
WRI operates out of Wildwood’s administrative facility at 1190 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham
 
The Work Readiness Initiative offers three possible scheduling options:
  • 5 Days/week: Monday – Friday
  • 3 Days/week Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 3 Days/week Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Pre-vocational Services are to people approved for OPWDD Community Pre-vocational services. For further information contact Jennifer DeCosmo, Director of Pre-Vocational Services, jdecosmo@wildwoodprograms.org or 518.640.3434

Employment Services

Wildwood Programs’ Employment Services help people with intellectual disabilities to find and maintain meaningful work, at competitive wages, in their own communities.   Since 1984, Wildwood Programs has provided a full array of supported employment services, including community-based assessments, career exploration, benefits planning, resume writing, interview preparation, soft-skills training, application assistance, and supported employment both on-site and off-site as needed. 
 
Employment Services at Wildwood depend on strong partnerships with the businesses community.   Wildwood helps employers understand the value of hiring people with disabilities and ensures that businesses realize the full benefit of inclusive employment.   

Wildwood is pleased to be a provider of services for New York State Promise, a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with teens who receive Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI).  The goal of the Promise Project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI to successfully transition from high school to adulthood.

Employment Service may be available to anyone who is of working age and has been diagnosed with a disability. Wildwood receives referrals from ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation) and OPWDD (Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities).  For further information about Employment Services, contact Paula Martelle, Director of Employment Services, pmartelle@wildwoodprograms.org or 518.640.3339

 

In April of 2015, Wildwood programs became accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL). CQL is recognized as a respected international leader that has redefined what excellence in person-centered services and supports looks like in action. Wildwood has committed our efforts toward those that uphold defining quality and success through the eyes of the person receiving services and supports. We are able to obtain the  person’s perspective through the use of CQL's Personal Outcome Measures(R) assessment.

Though the accreditation process, we have ensured that our systems and practices support the ten Basic Assurances. 

 

10 BASIC ASSURANCES® FACTORS

 

  1. Rights Protection and Promotion
  2. Dignity and Respect
  3. Natural Support Networks
  4. Protection from Abuse, Neglect, Mistreatment and Exploitation
  5. Best Possible Health
  6. Safe Environments
  7. Staff Resources and Supports
  8. Positive Services and Supports
  9. Continuity and Personal Security
  10. Basic Assurances® System

 

We have also made a commitment to educating those we support about the benefits of a Personal Outcome Measures interview and offering the opportunity to anyone who requests one. For more information about Personal Outcome Measures, click here.

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