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Supported Employment Program

Park Lawn’s Supported Employment Program matches individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with employment opportunities in the community. Established in 1986, the Supported Employment Program has worked to foster mutually beneficial relationships with community businesses. The businesses gain a hardworking employee who will perform a needed task and the employee will have the opportunity to increase their skills, make an impact in their community and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment in a job well done.

Employer Satisfaction

Supported Employment employees truly appreciate and value their jobs. They have a strong sense of loyalty to their employers and enjoy going to work and giving back to their communities. Our employers have stated over and over again that our program participants set a good example for their other employees; highlighting impeccable attendance, positive attitude, workplace dedication and longevity of employment.

Job Coach Support

A job coach is assigned to each program participant. The role of the job coach is to learn the job and teach the necessary skills for that jobs’ completion. Included in this is the development of procedures, templates, and/or communication methods which will maximize the Supported Employment employee’s job performance. The job coach also acts as a liaison between the employer and the program participant; addressing any questions or concerns and fostering a healthy working relationship. Park Lawn provides the job coach at no cost to the employer.

Supported Employment Program Philosophy

  • Preserve and protect the health, safety and dignity of each participant in the program
  • Respect each participant as a person with individual strengths, needs and desires
  • Support each participant in achieving their personal goals and becoming as independent as possible


Click here to learn more about the businesses and agencies who have employed individuals through the Supported Employment Program.

Both the job seeker and the employer receive the assistance of a Park Lawn job coach. The job coach provides support during the initial training period and remains available to the employer and employee for assistance.

Skills Set

  • Factory work
  • Janitorial
  • Punch Press/staple
  • Ticket Taker/Usher
  • Bagging Groceries
  • Dishwashing
  • Bussing Tables
  • Stocking Shelves
  • Rolling silverware
  • Assembly
  • Clerical
  • Food Prep
  • Parts Delivery

Population Served

Persons with intellectual disabilities and /or physical challenges

Admission Requirements

•         Have an intellectual disability

•         Be at least 18 years of age

•         Submit the required referral information

•         Be a resident of the Southwest Chicago or South Suburban area

•         Be eligible to receive Medicaid assistance

•         Be able to profit from enrollment in our program

For more program information contact Jim Tabor, Community Employment Services Program Manager at 708-385-8110 ext. 304 or email request to  Inquiries regarding placement information should be directed to Sharon Butterfield, MSW, at 708-425-7377 ext. 232 or