Employment Support

The Importance of Employment Support

If you or a loved one is impacted by mental illness, a job can be the first step towards improved health, sobriety, and fulfillment. That’s why, along with housing, we believe employment should come first. How can you achieve both housing and employment first? Our employment services work alongside other in-house and community services, assisting you wherever you may be on your path to recovery. Just like Housing First, Employment First seeks to remove your barriers while also prioritizing your choice and self-determination.

When you work, you thrive.

You deserve the opportunity to have a good job, be independent and self-sustaining!

Our Programs

The Altamont Bakery

Since 2011, this bakery has been “baking its way to a better world, one cookie at a time.” Our team of bakers gathers weekly to produce award winning cookies that are sold within the community. With a social enterprise spirit, bakers are provided a living wage and a chance at recovery. If you are interested in this position, check out the work programs on our Careers page.

Transitional Employment

For most people, competitive employment is all that is needed to get someone back on their feet. For some, though, entering the workplace again can be overwhelming. Our transitional employment services provide added support and assistance for those looking to eventually move back into the workplace, who may face more significant barriers to employment. If you are interested in this position, check out the work programs on our Careers page.

The Art Core Project

A new and budding initiative, the Art Core Project is the beginning of an ongoing relationship with the Tulsa art community. As we collaborate with local artistic figures, we hope to bring about opportunities to unite our community through creativity and mental health advocacy and education.

Westat Supported Employment Demonstration

Another new project, the Westat Demonstration is a large-scale research study sponsored by the Social Security Administration that seeks to help individuals who were recently denied disability benefits find steady and competitive work by providing supported employment and behavioral health services.

A Better Way Tulsa

Inspired by a groundbreaking employment program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, A Better Way Tulsa offers real change by …
Giving people experiencing homelessness who panhandle an alternative to panhandling three days a week.
Paying no less than six participants a day’s wages to beautify our community during each service day.
Connecting participants with life-changing services in the community, such as housing, mental health and addiction treatment, and other more sustainable employment services.

If you are interested in participating, check out www.abetterwaytulsa.org for full details!

How to Access Employment Support Today!

Our current program intake capability varies by program. Referrals can be made by our case managers and other various internal programs. If you are curious about what assistance may be available to you, you can contact us by calling: 918.585.1213. Be sure and ask about Employment First!

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