Real Jobs

Jobs not only can help pay the bills, they provide opportunities to meet new people, apply acquired skills and learn new ones. Having a job is an important experience for anyone, and it can be a particularly significant milestone for an individual with a disability.

Hiring individuals served by Alternatives is also beneficial for employers. Companies gain loyal, eager workers who are excited to be part of the greater community and who genuinely want to do their jobs well. It is a win-win for all involved! And, it’s not just corporations who can profit from their enthusiasm. Community organizations looking for committed volunteers also benefit. The people Alternatives serves are eager to make a contribution to their community.

Jim’s Story

It’s never too late to get your life on track. Just ask Jim. Jim has a lot to be proud of. With support from Alternatives’ mental health services, he’s living successfully in his own apartment in Gardner. He holds not one, but two jobs. And, after a long struggle with alcoholism, he’s been sober for 3 and a half years! What an accomplishment. As Jim explains, stopping drinking helped open doors for him that his illness and alcohol addiction had shut long before. But to walk through those doors, he still had to overcome some challenges – like the fact that he hadn’t worked in 8 years. Read More

Other Stories of Success

Donald’s Story

“Donald faces life’s challenges with both enthusiasm and a sense of humor that we can all learn from.” Read

Everett’s Story

“This job has really helped him to develop a sense of self-confidence, purpose and to be more responsible in general.” Read

Patrick’s Story

At the Academy, Patrick improved his interviewing skills and got real world job experience. Read

Kathy’s Story

“I am proud to say that I am much more independent and have my ‘own’ life.” Read

Ross’s Story

Ross got a second chance at life…and Alternatives has helped him make the most of it. Read