Employment Services and Supports

Employment Services & Supports

The Employment Programs at KenCrest is a service available to a wide variety of participants. We work with youth and adults in Southeastern Pennsylvania in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. KenCrest can work with people currently served in residential services and community participation, as well as people who live independently or at home with family.

We would be happy to meet with you virtually or in person to discuss how the Employment Programs at KenCrest can be a benefit to you. Please contact Sharon Skirkie at sharon.skirkie@kencrest.org, to schedule an appointment or to request additional information.

Supports are always collaborative and person-centered. Services can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual we work with. Here is a taste of what we can provide:

  • Career planning
  • Charting the Life Course participation
  • Resume preparation including graphic resumes or video resumes
  • Interview prep and mock interviews
  • Personal website development/electronic portfolio
  • Developing social media profiles to support the job search or career
  • Job development
  • On-site job trainings
  • Self-employment planning
  • Connections to time banking to support networking and self-employment options

Our staff are certified through ACRE the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators.

We work with the Office of Developmental Programs, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and can work with your family or school district to facilitate private payment. We also provide Ticket to Work supports for anyone who receives Social Security benefits.

More information on the Supported Employment Program

Full Program Overview

Menu of Employment Services


Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a one-year (school year) employment preparation program that takes place entirely at a business/hospital, with the goal of readying each participant for competitive employment. It’s a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations; and concludes in individualized job development.

Project SEARCH provides real-life work experience combined with training in employability and independent-living skills to help young people with Autism or I/DD diagnoses make successful transitions to productive adult life. The program includes an extensive period of skills training and career exploration, innovative adaptations, long-term job coaching, and continuous feedback from teachers, skills trainers, and employers.

The host business provides access to an on-site training room that can accommodate up to 12 interns. The site is staffed by a special education teacher and one to three skills trainers to meet the educational and training needs of the interns.


Letter to Prospective School Districts and Applicants

Project Search Rubric

ProjectSEARCH Application for ChesCo and MontCo Students

Additional Opportunities

Time Banking and Employment