Community Bridges

Career Development

“The Career Development Program at Community Bridges allows John to be independent and helps companies like ours find good employees. It’s a win – win for everyone. John is one of our best employees. He is hardworking, dedicated, and always very helpful to our customers.”

– Alicia Deschenes, Assistant Manager, Shaw’s Supermarket

Having a job provides all individuals—with or without a disability—a sense of purpose, a feeling of belonging, and a set of goals. Working empowers individuals, and gives them a sense of self-worth and pride.

Whether paid or volunteer, people who work experience benefits beyond monetary compensation, including:

  • An opportunity to share natural talents and abilities
  • A chance to improve social skills
  • A way to build a personal identity
  • An opportunity to meet new people
  • A path to learning new skills

Community Connections

Our Career Development Program works in the community to build awareness about integrated employment efforts. We identify potential employment opportunities and utilize creative solutions to find employment for individuals with disabilities where they can share their natural talents, enthusiasm, and spirit with employers and the community at large. Some of these creative solutions include internships, on-the-job training, and collaboration with Vocational Rehabilitation.

Some of our services include:

  • Job shadowing
  • Informational interviewing support
  • On-site work observations
  • Labor market surveys
  • Education about different job functions and skills
  • Advocating for an employee to have a job expanded, changed, or adapted

Corporate Benefits

A Career Development specialist works with employers to find, modify, and create jobs for participants in our program. Local and national businesses understand the value of integrated employment efforts and how these efforts build a strong community.

They also understand the advantages that come with hiring individuals with disabilities, including:

  • Building company morale
  • Elevating retention rates
  • Improving the company’s social image
  • Qualifying for tax credits

Community Bridges offers additional employer services, including training, assistance with financial incentives, and tax credits.

Call Us Today

For more information about Community Bridges’ Career Development Program, call 1-800-499-4153 and ask to speak with a Career Development Program Coordinator.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact Community Bridges through the Federal Relay Service (NH Relay) by calling 7-1-1 or 1-800-735-4423.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.