Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about our employment programs.

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What are the services that Morningside offers?

Morningside offers evaluation and employment planning, individual supported employment, placement, training & follow along services as well as transition  services. These are ways to help you decide what type of job you want and whether that job is right for you. Services can help identify your interests, abilities, and needs that will be important as you set your vocational goals. We will also provide you with the opportunity to explore work options by trying out one or more jobs that might interest you.

How many jobs can I try out?

Working with you and your vocational counselor/case manager and circle of support (team), we will develop a plan and help you decide how many jobs you might want to try. Most participants try one, two, or three jobs.

How long do job tryouts last?

Job tryouts usually last two, three, or four weeks. They can be shorter or longer based upon your needs.

How long before I start my first job tryout? 

This will vary depending upon the type of job you want, the employer you will be working with, etc.  Our goal is to have you start working within two to four weeks.

Will I get paid for the job tryout? 

With community employers, job tryouts are for learning and practice and typically no pay is received.

What kinds of jobs will I be trying out? 

The type of jobs you try out will depend on your own interests, abilities, and goals. Job tryouts are set up either in the local business community or at one of Morningside’s mobile work sites.

Examples of jobs in the community are:

  • Retail sales 
  • Food services
  • Clerical and office
  • Janitorial Animal services 
  • Warehouse work
  • Social services
  • Housekeeping
  • Grounds keeping
  • Childcare
  • General labor

Will someone go with me to meet an employer at the job site?

Once a work site is found, a Morningside staff member will go with you to see the work place, meet the employer, ask questions, and learn more about the job.

Will I be left on my own once the job starts? 

This depends on you and whatever is comfortable for you. A Morningside staff member usually arranges to be at the work site on your first day or two, and on a weekly basis after that. Remember, this program is designed to meet your needs, and we can be there as much or a little as you’d like.

Will one of my Job Tryouts turn into a paid job?

Most job tryouts don’t turn into permanent jobs. The job tryout helps you learn about your work habits and skills and can help you decide whether you like that type of work. If you do like it, we’ll work to find you a similar kind of job.

What do I have to do to get this service? 

Tell your vocational counselor or case manager that you would like to work with Morningside. If you don’t have someone to refer you or you aren’t sure who to talk to, you can call Morningside and someone will be happy to help you.

Ready to Get Started?

Individuals and their parent, guardian or residential support staff can contact Morningside at one of six locations to determine if our program is the right fit and/or to schedule an in-person meeting to discuss services.

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