The purpose of Riverside's Employment Services is to assist people in discovering the type of work they like and to teach the job skills necessary for a satisfying employment experience. We provide assistance in securing employment and supporting people to be successful on the job. Services are individualized, meeting the goals of the employee and the requirements of the employer.
For four decades, Riverside has worked with hundreds of area employers, including Amherst College, Big E's Supermarket, Big Y, Chartpak, Dr. Hauschka, Hasbro, Packaging Corporation of America, Pioneer Packaging, Berry Tubed Products, UMass, and Yankee Candle.
Riverside Employment works in partnership with the Department of Developmental Services, area schools, local Chambers of Commerce, Career Centers, and many other community resources to provide comprehensive, varied, and flexible support. We have long-standing relationships that ensure each participant receives a broad scope of support services necessary for successful employment.
The following employment options match the needs of Riverside participants with the needs of the job:
Individual placements match participants with local businesses, schools, or organizations. These placements allow participants to work on their own with minimal support from the employer and infrequent behind-the-scenes support from Riverside. Individual placements include; Amherst College and UMASS Dining Services, Big E Supermarket, Stop 'n' Shop Supermarket, Big Y Supermarket, Serio's Market, Packaging Corp of America, Harley Davidson- Southampton.
Mobile Work Crews
Mobile work crews are small groups of participants hired to fulfill jobs from local employers. A full-time Employment Specialist provides continuous on the job support and supervision in order to ensure success for each participant, while meeting the employer's job requirements. These dependable work crews are a reliable and cost-saving option for local businesses. Riverside Gardens employment is another creative option at the Liberty Street greenhouse and farms in Southampton and Easthampton.
One Cottage Street
One Cottage Street in Easthampton is a unique, facility-based employment option for participants to work on local and national contracts.
This employment option provides opportunities for job exploration, work skills development, and a paycheck.
Production work consists of collating, sorting, and packaging in buildings 3, 4 & 5. National and local business contracts, include; Chartpak, Whalley Computer, Yankee Candle, Hasbro, Dr. Hauschka, Canson Paper, Deepak Chopra Dreamweaver, Innovex, M1tapes, NCIIA, Mixed Martial Arts llc.
One Cottage Street is home to the long-standing Tucson & Savannah's Café, which is open to the public.
Working at the Cafe is a desirable employment and job training option for participants with training in food and meal preparation, customer service and other restaurant related responsibilities.
For more information about Employment for adults living with developmental disabilities or a tour of Riverside programs call 413-527-2711 ext. 128, or email Kyle Schaller at firstname.lastname@example.org.