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Villa Esperanza Services assists adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities to secure and maintain paid employment in the community. If you are an employer looking for cost-effective employees, please contact us! Our special individuals work in a wide variety of specialties, such as landscaping, office work, retail, and restaurants, and at many large companies, including Burke Williams, Target, and Sprouts. Villa offers job development, ongoing job coaching and advocacy.
A great example of the success of our Employment Program is Villa's partnership with the Nature Watch, which has lasted over a decade. Nature-Watch President, Harold Gordon and CEO Jeff Salzman, have created a mutually beneficial relationship with Villa Esperanza Services by providing employment for a crew of Villa Esperanza Services clients with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Harold and Jeff’s business provides educational products and craft activity kits designed to teach children about nature. Having had a prior positive experience, it seemed to them that Villa clients might be a good match for their package assembly preparation. The initial crew started in 2006 doing counting, weighing, and bagging. As the clients became increasingly embedded in their company, they began playing a larger part in their day-to-day operations. Current responsibilities include actual assembly of kits into their final form, a task that requires a high level of consistency, accuracy and attention to detail. By employing Villa’s clients Harold and Jeff’s motivation is not only about supporting a charitable cause, for them, it also makes good sound business sense.
“It's been a terrific relationship and I think we all feel it has been a true ‘win-win’”, shares Nature-Watch’s Salzman. “Villa’s clients, under the direction of their job coaches play an integral role in our business. They work hard, they do great work, and they are an absolute joy to work with. We've seen their work and life skills grow and develop through this process. We feel very fortunate to work with Ariel, Juliana, Raluca and Michelle each day. Our job coaches throughout the years have been fantastic - understanding our need for quality control and productivity while at the same time supporting and guiding their clients toward success.”
November 2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of the partnership between Nature-Watch and Villa Esperanza Services. To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Nature-Watch President Harold and CEO Jeff, along with Villa Esperanza clients, job coaches (current and former), Villa management and executive team members all joined together for a cake celebration.