The Hope Series: New Episode!

DMH Commissioner, Brooke Doyle, discusses the new  “Wellness Safari” and other MA initiatives for those with mental health conditions

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OUR MISSION

Employment Options empowers individuals and families in mental health recovery to thrive in their communities. Through employment, education and advocacy programs, we inspire people living with mental illness to reclaim their lives by discovering their own potential, skills and gifts.

2018 Employment Options Gala

WHAT WE DO

Develop groundbreaking programming to provide opportunities for individuals to live a life of self-respect, compassion and dignity.

Initiate dialogues with local and state legislators and government officials about mental illness that bring awareness, understanding, and empathy necessary to inspire action and end stigma and discrimination.

Give a voice to each individual we support, by truly understanding their experiences and struggles. This can shift feelings of isolation and despair into feelings of community and hope for the people we serve.

Provide professional training and work experience to unemployed and underemployed young adults, who have a passion for the culinary industry through our social enterprise, Catering Options.

Collaborate with other mental health professionals, community leaders, religious leaders, educators and advocates in the MetroWest communities to continue to grow this mental health movement.

$55.25

Cost of one day of services at Employment Options

versus

$1,762

Cost of one day in a Massachusetts psychiatric hospital

200

Young adults graduated from our Cooking Up A Career program

7,000

Meals delivered to individuals in need throughout the pandemic

THANK YOU TO OUR MAJOR SUPPORTERS

SERVICES

Our programs demonstrate that people with mental illness can and do lead productive, happy lives. We offer people living with mental illness opportunities for friendship, employment, housing, and education.

Clubhouse

A working community is at the heart of our Clubhouse program. By working together, individuals with mental health conditions regain confidence, learn new skills, and make progress towards achieving their goals. This opportunity to be a part of a successful working community is restorative and builds dignity and self-sufficiency.

Young adults

Our goal is to ensure every young adult we touch through our Clubhouse program, receive the skills and support necessary to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. Recovery from mental illness is possible. We assist individuals as they work to reclaim a sense of self-worth, self-sufficiency and can rediscover their natural abilities and talents. We do this through a collaborative approach, offering employment, education, housing and recovery opportunities that are critical to one’s success.

Families

When a parent is struggling with a mental health issue, their relationships with family members may be damaged or strained, but family support programs can make all of the difference in their recovery journey. We offer family coaching which includes, educating family members on mental health, assistance in navigating the state mental health system and facilitating parenting support groups, all which can benefit the family as a whole.

Employment

Mental health conditions impact people in various ways. Some people with mental health conditions may never stop working; others find that their condition interrupts their career, and still others may be able to do only limited work. We are fully committed to breaking down employment barriers, so our membership can continue to accomplish their hopes, dreams and aspirations through our Workforce Development programs.

To start the process of becoming a member, please fill out a Membership Application and set up an appointment to tour our facility.

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(Or email newmember@employmentoptions.org)

Looking for our workplace trainings? Visit the page below to learn more about our upcoming workshop on supporting employees with mental health challenges!

WORKSHOP INFO

GALA

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for helping us reach our fundraising goal and for making the 2021 Hope Virtual Gala a night full of triumph and hope! If you would still like to donate, please click below.

CATERING

Redefining Dining - Serving up Success!

From our award-winning chef, professionally trained, enthusiastic staff, and memorable cuisine, Catering Options is redefining dining in the Metro West. We provide professional training and work experience to unemployed and underemployed individuals with a passion for food.

To place an order, please email catering(at)employmentoptions.org or call 508-485-5051 ext 232

We cater socially distanced events!

"Last weekend my husband threw me a ‘Covid friendly’ 40th birthday catered by Catering Options. The food was not only delicious but the presentation was like nothing I have seen before. In this difficult time of uncertainty, my guests felt 100% comfortable at the party due to the fact that the food was wrapped in cute individual packaging. Taco dip cups with baggies of chips, veggies and dip cups, and charcuterie cups were such a hit! We also had amazing sliders and chicken skewers. Everyone kept asking where the food was from! I highly recommend using Employment Options/Catering Options for any catering needs. The food is great and their mission even more impressive. Thanks to their entire staff for making my day perfect!"

- Lauren S. (Medway, MA)

LATEST NEWS

We are working diligently with our staff, outside agencies and healthcare professionals to reopen the clubhouse safely. This will take some careful planning to adjust our onsite program since we work together side-by-side. We will strengthen our program and develop safe, efficient and creative ways to continue our important work.

The foundation of who we are has never wavered during this time. We are proud of our program, staff and the way everyone has remained connected.

Some highlights:
• We have delivered over 2,500 healthy meals to individuals and families
• We are "touching" over 140 people per day
• We have sent 500 care packages and Activity Packs
• We are transporting members to work and medical appointments
• We have assisted members to obtain and retain employment at The Home Depot, Walmart and CVS

We were also one of 130 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000-$500,000 through Cummings Foundation's $20 Million Grant Program. We were chosen from a total of 738 applicants through a competitive review process.

"The Cummings Foundation has been a strong partner for Employment Options over the past five years. This grant gives us the opportunity to thoughtfully grow our existing catering business, which in turn will empower our members to improve their mental health through meaningful employment," said Shannon Leary, Executive Director of Employment Options. "Our mission is to expand culinary training opportunities over the next three years to reach over 200 people affected by mental health challenges."

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Shannon Leary

Executive Director
sleary(at)employmentoptions.org

Liz Gulachenski

Director of Programs & Services
lgulachenski(at)employmentoptions.org

Jim Grasberger

Director of Finance & Development
jgrasberger(at)employmentoptions.org

Board of Directors: Lori Favata Robert Sousa, Bing Yeo, Elizabeth Baldelli, Karen Donaldson, Sherrill P. Cline, Dori S. Hutchinson, and Mary Rapa

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82 Brigham Street
Marlboro, MA
01752-3137
Phone: 508.485.5051
Fax: 508.485.8807
newmember(at)employmentoptions.org
catering(at)employmentoptions.org
give(at)employmentoptions.org

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