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ICW Vocational Services, Inc.
Vision, Mission and/or Purpose of Organization
The mission of ICW is to provide Vocational Training and Employment Services to people with disabilities while maximizing the individual's potential to meet their career goals with dignity.
History of Organization
ICW Vocational Services, Inc. has supported adults with disabilities for 50 years. Our story begins in September 1971 when the Indiana County Workshop opened its doors with one trainee. A year later, May 1972, the Workshop and its fifteen trainees moved to 1200 School Street. The Department of Welfare established guidelines in 1976 that resulted in the Workshop becoming licensed as a vocational-rehabilitation center offering job placement. The name changed in 1977 to Indiana County Workshop, Incorporated. In 1982, the Workshop operated at full capacity with a waiting list of trainees. By 1992, the Workshop had outgrown the 1200 School Street location, moved to a much larger space located at 155 North 10th Street, and added a wide range of community integrated employment opportunities. In 1995, the name changed to ICW Vocational Services, Inc. Over the next few decades, ICW Vocational Services, Inc. expanded services based on the premise that every individual has the capacity to engage in lifelong learning; and should have access to unlimited opportunities in order to maximize their potential to obtain full inclusion in all aspects of life with dignity. Today, ICW Vocational Services, Inc. operates two facilities, both centrally located in Indiana, PA, and annually serves over 85 individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health diagnosis, and physical impairments from Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties. ICW Vocational Services, Inc. continuum of services include: Community Participation Supports Facility Based Programming, Community Participation Supports Community Based Programming, In-Home and Community Support, Small Group Employment, and Employment Services.
Accreditations and Licenses
PA Department of Human Services - 2380 License PA Department of Human Services 2390 License U.S. Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division - Section 14(c) Certificate
PA Department of Human Services The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Armstrong-Indiana Behavioral and Developmental Health Program
724.349.1211 - Workshop
724.349.4143 - Employment Services
724.349.2214 - FAX
Mainly Indiana County; also serve a small population from Westmoreland and Jefferson Counties
Employment Services Division: Provides on-the-job training and job placement (Supported Employment Services) in the community.
Steps to Success - Community Participation Supports â€“ Adult Training - This Facility-Based real-world program educates individuals in independent living, workplace readiness, career exploration through paid opportunities in various community locations, employment, and other areas that support and enrich quality of life. Numerous methods of learning applications/techniques are offered to facilitate a limitless learning continuation of skills to enhance independent success.
In-Home and Community Support offers personal assistance to build daily living and social skills. Tailored to each participant, program services will be provided in the home, in the community, or a combination of both. Individuals and their families will be the decision makers regarding where and how they receive services to best fit their goals and needs. Individuals will be paired with a trained direct support professional, who will assist in developing skills necessary for everyday living.
Pre-Vocational Skills Training - Community Participation Supports - This Facility-Based program offers work development skills. Many local businesses partner with ICW in an effort to provide a worthwhile service to the business community while providing individuals with realistic paid work experiences that help develop appropriate work skills and habits.
Small Group Employment is designed to support individuals in transitioning to competitive integrated employment. Various training sites offer individuals an opportunity to work in a job in the community; paid at least minimum wage, to gain practical work experience. ICW also helps individuals to find volunteer opportunities and other training/work experiences which will help them to become better prepared for competitive integrated employment.
Intake: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm / Monday through Friday (all programs) Program: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm / Monday through Friday (Workshop Division) Administration: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm / Monday through Friday
Fees/Cost for Services
No Direct Cost
Eligibility: 18 years of age or older and have a physical, intellectual or mental disability. Must be referred through a Base Service Unit or OVR.
How to Access Services or Schedule Appointments
Contact Cassie Eiselman at 724-349-1211
Languages Spoken or Available