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VocLinks is an employment training and job placement service of spurwink|ri that links employers to qualified employees.

Creating Customized Employment Opportunities
Employment Training / Job Placement Services / Supported Employment

It is a proven fact that individuals with developmental disabilities are thriving members of our community. They are our neighbors, parents, volunteers, and employees. Did you know that as employees, individuals with disabilities have the strongest attendance, longevity, and dependability ratings compared to the average worker?

VocLinks Qualified Candidates Are Prepared

VocLinks Benefits For Your Business

  • VocLinks Interns receive training in transferable work readiness skills, such as time management, attention to detail, timeliness, accountability, and dependability.

  • VocLinks Employment Specialists develop job sites in conjunction with each potential employee's individual skills and interests.

  • spurwink|ri provides VocLinks Employment Specialists to evaluate job skills during a short-term "internship" at your place of business.

  • These qualified interns are now ready for hire.

  • VocLinks can assist with obtaining financial incentives, such as the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

  • We can assist with obtaining On-The-Job Training (OTJ) salary reimbursement for qualified positions.

  • VocLinks provides on-site Employment Specialists as needed.

  • spurwink|ri sits on the Leadership Board of the Supported Employment Council, allowing access to a statewide pool of candidates.

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Geoffrey is a dependable and loyal worker. He is always here on time and helps out with many food prep jobs, like making and wrappings grinders, portioning various foods into containers, packaging the soups, etc. He helps in so many ways and is like family to us.

Anne Nallen, Schroder's Deli & Catering

Social Skills / Recreation

Community based recreational opportunities are abundantly provided for our participants to further develop friendships, refine social skills, enhance quality of life, and give back to our community.

Social Outings / Field Trips

  • Breakfast Club

  • Bowling League

  • East Providence Recreation Center

  • Mansion Tours

  • Baseball Outings

  • Theatre

Service Learning / Volunteerism

  • Local Senior Centers

  • Packages for our Troops

  • Food & Clothing Drives

  • RI Community Food Bank

Business / Educational Tours

  • WPRI Channel 12 Fox News

  • Alex & Ani

  • Save the Bay

  • Memorial Hospital

Cultural / Educational Activities

  • Karate Classes

  • Art Classes

  • Sailing Lessons

Daily Living Skills

Real life skills that ultimately lead to greater independence are taught in small group settings.

  • Purchasing with a Budget

  • Small Group Cooking Classes

  • Making Healthy Food Choices

  • Banking & Budgeting

  • Laundry & Basic Household Chores

  • Accessing Community Resources

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When I first left high school, I wasn't sure about my future. I was living with my sister and grandmother after my mom passed away from cancer, and I knew I was coming to Spurwink for the day program. VocLinks made me feel comfortable right from the start. They gave me a job coach to help me out and after a while, I was hired at Panera Bread. My job coach, Angela, helped me get that job and I have been there for over four years now. It's nice to get that paycheck every two weeks!

VocLinks also wrote me a grant for me to get art supplies and take art classes at UCP (United Cerebral Palsy). Drawing and painting is something that I love to do and I just recently sold a painting at an art show for $200.00! VocLinks also teaches me how to be more independent with cooking classes and doing many things in the community. I love karate classes that we take every other Friday and the bowling league on Thursdays. Now, I have a full and busy week, and I am very happy how everything has worked out.

Kevin D.

Become Part of the Growing Link of VocLinks Business Partners

For more information on becoming a VocLinks Business Partner, or if you have questions, please call or email today.

Mary Anne Maciel, M.Ed

Director of VocLinks

P: (401) 781-4380 ext.112

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