The Metzenbaum Center provides several services to enhance the lives of adults including community employment opportunities, enrichment activities and senior programs.
With the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, have the right to pursue a community-based work environment, the Metzenbaum Center’s Community Employment Program assists eligible Geauga County adults with developmental disabilities to obtain jobs in their community. Services available through this program include:
Job Coaching/Follow-Along Services are provided to individuals who obtain a job in the community. Services include on-the-job training in which the job coach will work one-on-one with the individual in his or her job setting. The job coach will assist the individual in completing job duties thoroughly, establishing a work schedule and pacing of job tasks, among other job-related issues. The job coach will also assist with employer/employee relations to assure that job expectations are being met. The job coach utilizes a variety of methods to communicate with the employer and employee, including in-person visits and observations, phone calls, attendance at team meetings and one-on-one meetings.
Community Employment Readiness Assessment is provided to individuals who are requesting community employment, but either do not have a work history or are unsure of their interests and skills. The assessment can include an evaluation of employment interests, assessments of reading, writing and math skills, computer skills, equipment/machinery skills and/or basic work skills (such as following directions, ability to work with others, etc.). The assessment may also include mock interviews and completion of employment applications.
Job Development is provided to qualified individuals who are seeking community employment. Job Development is provided through the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or through the Metzenbaum Center. The goal in Job Development is to assist the individual in obtaining a job that best meets his or her interests and skills. A job developer will contact a variety of businesses and introduce employers to potential employees. The job developer communicates information such as work schedule, rate of pay and job duties to potential employees.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) provides employers with a partial tax benefit for the first year they employ a worker through The Metzenbaum Center. If you are an employer and would like to know more about the Metzenbaum Center’s Community Employment Program, call 440.729.9406.
The Metzenbaum Center’s Enrichment Program provides Geauga County adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to engage in health and wellness, community integration and other activities.
Currently, the Adult Services Department has four Enrichment Groups located in the Adult Services Building, the Administration Building and the community. Participants may engage in physical, educational, social and sensory room activities, as well as arts and crafts and games. Individuals also have opportunities to participate in community integration activities.
For individuals age 50 or older, the Metzenbaum Center offers a Retirement/Senior Program in collaboration with the West Geauga Senior Program in Chesterland, Ohio. The joint program enables seniors with developmental disabilities to engage in important socialization and physical activities with non-disabled seniors. The Metzenbaum Center staff also assist older adults with personal care and medication administration.
The Metzenbaum Center’s Senior Program is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individuals who participate in this program may do so on a full or part-time basis.