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WorkFirst Employment and Training

WorkFirst is a division of Easter Seals Southern California that provides one-on-one, customized employment support services to individuals who are interested in finding and maintaining paid work or starting their own business.  WorkFirst identifies each person’s talents, interests, goals and abilities in order to support him or her to find a job or business venture that can be fulfilling long-term. 

WorkFirst helps people enhance their economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem and participation in the community.

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Guiding Principles of WorkFirst:

Workfirst also provides employment support for veterans with or without a disability through the Bob Hope Veteran's Support Program.

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Job Seeker Services:

Customized Employment (individual placement only, no contract work, no subminimum wage):

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Customized Employment may include employment developed through job carving, self-employment or entrepreneurial initiatives, or other job development or restructuring strategies that result in job responsibilities being customized and individually negotiated to fit the needs of individuals with a disability. Our service assists job seekers with finding jobs tailored to his or her unique talents. This may include a job carved out to suit specific abilities, self-employment, or entrepreneurship.

Supported Employment:

Supported Employment services assist job seekers to find work in businesses--at minimum wage or higher--based on their skills and interests. Support services are available when needed to help learn and perform the work. Department of Rehabilitation provides Supported Employment services to job seekers with regional centers.

Direct Placement:

Direct Placement supports individuals to get a job that meets his or her ideal employment conditions by: 


Our coaches meet regularly with the worker, on the job or before/after, for a specific period of time, to help him/her learn the necessary skills to perform independently. As the worker gains mastery of the job, the coaching is gradually phased out.

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Additional Program Details:

WorkFirst Associates have flexible schedules. In general we work Monday – Friday during typical business hours, but have flexibility to work evenings and weekends. This is determined by the type of job and work schedule desired and needed.

Setting: Services are provided within the local communities of the individuals who we serve.

Funding and Referral Sources: WorkFirst currently works with the California Department of Rehabilitation and the following Regional Centers:

Fees: Typically services are funded through the agencies listed above, and there is no fee to the individual

Service Providers: All services are provided directly, however referrals to outside agencies, or generic community resources are provided as needed.


For more information about WorkFirst or Bob Hope Veterans Support Services call us or submit a form.

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