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Community Employment


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Stone Belt's Community Employment program assists individuals with developmental disabilities to choose, obtain and retain community employment in integrated settings. We believe that every person has the right to earn money in the community.

Working in partnership with businesses across south central Indiana since 1986, our program assists individuals with finding jobs and receiving on-site career training. We work with more than 100 businesses and 200 clients. Our goal is for individuals to gain meaningful employment in community settings. Clients are supported in learning the skills they need to experience success and longevity in their chosen careers.

The program operates with the same beliefs and values as all Stone Belt programs, focusing on -- inclusion, choice, respect, dignity and competence. The oldest and largest agency of its kind in south central Indiana, Stone Belt has bee providing innovative supports to individuals with developmental disabilities since 1959.

Download a comprehensive program description of Community Employment
Download our Community Employment Fact Sheet
Download our Community Employment Business Partners Fact Sheet


Learn about Project SEARCH, Stone Belt's professional internship program for young adults with disabilities.


Contact Bitta DeWees, director of community employment, at 812-335-3507 ext. 273 or bdewees@stonebelt.org.


Benefits to Employers

Companies that employ individuals from Stone Belt's Employment Services benefit from a reliable, dedicated and enthusiastic workforce. Some of the benefits to employers partnering with Stone Belt's Employment Services include:

• Recruitment assistance to find qualified, reliable applicants to fit hiring needs
• Comprehensive business assessment to identify employer needs
• Screening of applicants to ensure a quality job match to reduce turnover
• Ongoing performance evaluations to ensure employer/employee satisfaction
• Implementation of incentives such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
• Employment Consultants available to supplement training and recommend workplace accommodations


Benefits to Supported Employees

Our program provides support and training on and off job sites. "Job readiness" is not a criterion for Stone Belt's Community Employment program. We strive toward 100 percent integration, meaning that every person who wishes to work in the community should be given that opportunity. The goal for individuals participating in the program are:

• to gain meaningful employment in a community setting
• to increase opportunities for developing relationships with others
• to increase opportunities for informed decision-making
• to increase competence


We Can Help

Having the competitive edge in today's marketplace means hiring a diverse workforce. We are a unique personnel service specializing in the recruitment and placement of persons with disabilities.

One valuable component in the success of our service is the availability of an employment consultant. An employment consultant can provide on-site training and support for both the employee and the employer. This additional support increases the employee's ability to be successful in his or her job. After this stage, the employment consultant will then provide continuing supports through regular contact with the employer to ensure satisfaction.


click here to view the audio and text of the Client Handbook.