While St. Madeleine’s offers a wide range of work-related programs, its Work Activity Program focuses specifically on small-group and individual employment that helps individuals meet their career goals while providing a steady paycheck. As a result, each person increases their independence and self-reliance. Our students enter the program by joining paid group work sites where they learn and hone skills. After working in a group setting, those students who are interested in securing an individual job placement are provided with job coaching over a year- and-a-half timeframe that helps them transition to an in-community job. During this time, their St. Madeleine’s Job Coach helps them learn what is expected of them by their employer, and works directly with the employer in helping to teach the student new tasks. The overall goal is to have each student transition from being fully supported by a St. Madeleine’s Job Coach to relying solely on coaching by their employer.
St. Madeleine’s partners with a wide variety of regional employers who hire our students for group and individual work contracts that take place in the community and on our campus. These employers include: KFC; Albertson’s;
About St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center: St. Madeleine’s is a non-denominational, licensed vocational day training program for adults with developmental disabilities, ages 22 to 70+. Its Life-Long Program helps over 400 adult students to discover, experience and realize their full potential as members of the greater community. Located in El Cajon, California, 20 miles east of Downtown San Diego, the organization provides services to the greater San Diego area by offering progressive programs and services with a teacher- to-student ratio ranging from 1:3 to 1:8, including: Adaptive Computer Lab; Behavior Modification;