Welcome to Desert Haven Enterprises, Inc.
to Desert Haven Enterprises, Incorporated. Since 1954, we
have been helping people with developmental disabilities to become as
independent and productive as possible. Our program provides these very capable
individuals with the opportunity to participate in a variety of paid,
job training experiences and/or even find the job of their choice within
the community. While all services are designed to transition consumers into
the community, the decision as to whether or not they will one day work in
a regular job rests with them. Those who desire to
work in the community will be assisted in finding and keeping the job
of their choice. All that we do depends upon the individual strengths, needs,
expectations and choices of those whom we serve.
Employment Skills Training
after an actual kitchen within a fast food restaurant, the Desert Express Grill gives consumers the opportunity to learn every aspect of food service that typically occurs within any fast food restaurant within the community. From food prep to grilling to cashiering and customer
service to cleanup, the food service program, operated under the supervision
of a certified trainer, equips consumers with the key skills necessary
to obtain entry-level work within the food service industry.
of the housekeeping crew have opportunty to learn all facets of
janitorial/housekeeping service in preparation for transition
into a related job within the community. Throughout the year crew members
work very hard to ensure that the facilities of DHE are neat, clean and properly
maintained. Typical duties include cleaning and sanitizing restrooms,
dusting offices, removing trash, washing windows, and sweeping, mopping and
even buffing floors. Additionally, consumers working on the crew have had
opportunity to train in an actual community-based work setting, by providing
janitorial services at a nearby office building located within the local
Clerical Skills Training
the supervision of the front office receptionist, consumers referred by the Department of Rehabilitation have opportunity to learn the primary tasks associated with manning the front office/reception area of DHE. Although the curriculum is individualized in accordance with the needs
and abilities of each consumer participating in the program, the course is
designed to graduate consumers within a year with a basic knowledge and understanding
of light clerical duties and prepare them to transition into similar
Off-Site Habilitation Crews
work crews provide opportunities for consumers to train and to work within an actual community-based setting versus training and working within the center. Off-site crews have proven an excellent stepping stone for consumers desiring to eventually move into regular jobs within
the community. Current off-site crew opportunites include: car wash at H.W.
Hunter, Inc.; multipurpose/janitorial service at Lockheed Martin; floor
buffing at Olive Garden restaurant; and plastic tote wash and sort, warehouse
trim service, and security tagging at Rite Aid Distribution Center.
Job Placement and Supported Employment Programs
services offered through DHE's Job Placement and Supported Employment Program assist consumers to secure and maintain the job of their choice within the community-based employment market. Prior to job placement, consumers participate in Employment Preparation and Job Search classes
designed to assist staff in assessing each consumer's strengths, needs
and vocational preferences and to prepare consumers for participating in
the job search and job development process. To ensure the best possible placement,
consumer preferences, abilities, and experience are carefully matched
with the requirements of the job and expectations of the employer.
Once hired, the employee is trained and supervised on the job by a DHE job
upon the needs of the employer and those of each individual consumer, Suported Employment places employees in individual jobs or in small groups. With an individual placement, the job coach will provide training and support services to the employee until he/she learns the job.
When the employee is able to perform all job assignments to company
standards, the job coach gradually phases out to follow-along services. If a
group placement is needed, however, the job coach or trainer will provide training
and supervision to employees one-hundred percent of the time,
never phasing out.
Assessment is one tool used within the suported employment department to determine a consumer's job readiness, by evaluating their functional capabilities, vocational skills, job preferences,
strengths and limitations and work-related behaviors within a community-based
work setting. A number of local employers provide varied positions within
their businesses into which consumers might periodically be placed for a short-term
evaluation. Program participants will typically be rotated among three
work sites for a period of three days at each site and receive minimum wage
during the evaluation. While performing the general duties associated
with each position, the consumer will be monitored and his/her performance
assessed by a job coach. Upon completion of the evaluation, a meeting will
be held with each consumer to discuss the results and to determine whether
or not he/she is ready for placement in a job in the community or to establish
a plan of action for such.
consumer/employer evaluation is yet another tool used within the supported employment department to ensure the best possible job match for consumers seeking community-based placement. The purpose of this evaluation tool is twofold. First, it gives the consumer an opportunity to work for a period of two to five days within a business that has expressed an interest in employing him or her. In this way, the consumer will determine whether or not the duties and the environment are the right fit, based upon his/her needs and preferences. Second, it provides a potential employer, who
may have some questions, the opportunity to see the capability of the consumer
and to interact with him or her, as well as with the job coach. In
this way, the employer is better able to make an informed decision as to
whether or not this is the right match and whether or not to extend an offer of
employment. Many local employers have been most eager to employ our consumers
following a short-term evaluation at their business sites.
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