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Welcome to Community Employment Services by Concerned, Inc.!

Amy works at a Daycare Center.Bobby washes dishes at a restaurant.  
Tim cooks chicken at a restaurant.Rikki makes pizzas at a restaurant.  

 Concerned, Inc. offers three separate services within Community Employment Services.

  1. Supported Employment

  2. Selective Placement

  3. Community Based Assessments


Supported Employment

Supported Employment is an employment service for people with disabilities who need assistance in finding a job.  Over 75,000 people nationwide have found jobs with the help of supported employment since 1985.

Supposed employment is a personnel service in which qualified persons with disabilities are matched to jobs and training by employment specialists at no cost to the employer or the person served.

Our specialists survey employer's personnel needs, match qualified applicants to open job positions and provide training and follow-up consultation.

Supported Employment can benefit your company through cost savings by reducing overtime, turnover and the cost of hiring and training; through increased sales and service by freeing current staff from routine functions; through the use of a new untapped reserve of capable and dependable employees (people with disabilities) and through access to available tax credits that can be used by employers participating in this program.

Local businesses that have utilized our Supported Employment Services include:

  • Mickel's Restaurant
  • Hy-Vee
  • Time for Tots
  • Concerned, Inc.
  • Elm Crest Retirement Community
  • Pizza Ranch
  • Pizza Hut
  • Kountry Kids Care
  • Myrtue Memorial Hospital
  • Burger King
  • McDonald's
  • Harlan Community Schools

Supported Employment, not only serves the employer, but also the employee with disabilities.  Some of the benefits to the employee with disabilities include:

  • Job seeking skills training which will help the employee to find the right job.

  • Employment Specialists will assist the employee in finding the right job by communicating with the employee, prospective employers and the employee's family (support system).

  • Job coaching is available to the employee after a job is secured until the employee is comfortable in performing job duties and no longer feel the need for job coaching support.

  • Once job coaching is no longer required, Employment Specialists will continue to make contacts with the employee and employer through follow-up support.

  • Employee selects goals for his/her Individual Plan for Employment (IEP).  Employment Specialists will support you in achieving your goals.

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Selective Placement

For those individuals who do not need the assistance of job coaching, Selective placement provides the following services.

  • Job seeking skills such as developing a resume, completing job applications, setting up interviews, accompanying employees to job interviews and assistance providing necessary accommodations.

  • Job Development by contacting prospective employers in search of job openings.

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Community Based Assessments

The purpose of a Community Based Assessment (CBA) is to "get to know the person" in order to assist them in obtaining a satisfying job in the community.  A CBA is used to:

  • Identify the appropriate support a person needs to maintain a job

  • Determine a person's preferences, desires and needs

  • Eliminate fear, build self-confidence and motivation

  • Evaluate different work environments

  • Explore "real work" jobs away from a sheltered work setting.

All Community Employment Services are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

To complete an Application for Services, click here to download the form in PDF format.  You can then mail or fax the completed form to the address or fax number below.

For more information, or if you have questions about Community Employment Services, please contact:

Patty Pope
Vocational Services Director
(712) 755-5834 phone
(712) 755-7775 fax
Hours:  8:00am-4:00pm

Click here to email Patty

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