Employment Services Program

Mission Statement

The Employment Services Program serves individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) seeking meaningful employment in their communities.


Services to Job Seekers

  • Support for each client’s exploration and development of career interests (Discovery).
  • Assessment of the client’s individual skills, abilities, and obstacles to employment.
  • Creation of individualized training programs to meet the needs of job seekers and employers.
  • Skills training to develop meaningful work and the social skills essential to work success.
  • Assist the job seeker to connect to potential employers through networking and formal Application for employment.

Services to Employers

  • Business needs analysis
  • Collaborate with businesses in recruitment, screening and pre-selection of candidates
  • Create a job match between job seekers and businesses
  • Assist with the development of tax credits and other incentives
  • On-site job coaching and employer training regarding disability workplace needs.

The Referral Process

  • State agencies, primarily the department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH), and the Office or Rehabilitation Services (ORS) can make referrals directly to the programs by contacting the Cove Center Employment Services.
  • Families, advocates, and referring agents are encouraged to visit the Cove Center to discuss potential options.
  • Local education departments (LEA’s) can make referrals directly to the Groden Center Employment Programs for individuals served through the LEA.

Partners & Employers

Amica Insurance
Burlington Coat Factory 
Central Nurseries
Cranston Collision 
DESIGNx-RI
Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy 
Edge + Ends
First Works
Fox Point Library 
Friends of India Point Park
Greene Library 
Groden Greenhouse
Hope St. Pizza
JackRabbit
John V. Doyle School 
Lorimer Workhsops
Meals on Wheels
Office Recycling Solutions
P.F. Changs
Parks Conservancy
Patriot Laundromat
Pizza Hut
Portfolio Café
Price Rite
Providence Parks Department
Rochambeau Library
Savers, Inc.
Sensational Child
Squeegie Clean Window Washing
The Car Store
The Cat Sanctuary 
The East Side Mart 
The Lobster Pot
The Sandwich Hut 
Veteran’s Square Laundromat
Wheaton College