KFI provides assistance to individuals to identify, obtain, and/or maintain individualized competitive and customized employment. Services may include "discovery" or "pathway to employment" activities, preparation of the person for employment, job development and placement, short-term or long-term job coaching, consultation to employers, and follow-up.
People meet with KFI staff by appointment usually in their homes or at KFI office locations in Bangor, Lincoln, or Millinocket. They also may go to various businesses to job-shadow, inquire about jobs, fill out applications, interview, or participate in a trial work experience with KFI's assistance. Once employed, staff provides on-the-job coaching at the workplace itself, if necessary.
Adults with a physical, learning, psychiatric, emotional or intellectual disabilities, who want to work and require assistance finding or keeping a job. For job development services an individual must be a client of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Counselors (competitive employment), and KFI Support Coordinators (customized employment).
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services funds job development and time-limited job coaching support. DHHS Developmental Services funds "pathway to employment" and/or "discovery" activities and long-term Work Supports through MaineCare section 21 and section 29.
Economic empowerment is the obvious outcome. But for many individuals, employment enhances other areas of their lives - improving their standard of living, connecting them to new friends and coworkers, increasing their self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.