Supported Employment Programs

Employment Programs At Reena

Reena supported employment service (rses)

The Reena Supported Employment Service, in partnership with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, helps youth with developmental disabilities find full-time and part-time employment.

If you are (program eligibility criteria):

  • Between the ages of 15 and 29 and looking for work
  • A person with a self-disclosed developmental/intellectual disability
  • Unemployed or working under 20 hours per week
  • Looking for ongoing employment
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada
  • A resident of York region

We can help you (program includes):

  • Access job search assistance, life skills and pre-employment workshops
  • Connection with employers
  • Connection job developers
  • Access to job coaching and training
  • Build confidence and work experience
  • Invitations to employer events and job fairs

Service Providers – Looking to set up a similar program? We can help!

We have information and resources to help you get started. For more information contact Victoria Ghouchandra (905) 889-6484 x 2111

2020 RSES Final Report – Read HERE.

2019 RSES Final Report – Read HERE.

Channels Day Program

The Channels Day Program is a tailored towards independent adults, 18 years and older, with a developmental disability and/or dual diagnosis. This day program focuses on setting and attaining employment, career and life goals. Job Coach assistance is available as well.

The program offers participants various supported employment services including job readiness skills training workshops, job placement and job coaching. In addition, Channels’ participants volunteer in the community. Other recreational and social activities are offered as well.

The program is held Monday to Friday (except on statutory and Jewish holidays). Full day program is available from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and a half day program is available from either 9:30 am to 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

There are two locations:

Summer Employment Transition (SET) Program

SET Program

Reena’s Summer Employment Transition (SET) is a partnership between Reena, JVS Toronto, the York District School Board, York Catholic District School Board and JOIN. The program strives to seek summer employment for high school students identified with a developmental disability and/or ASD who wish to gain part-time paid summer work experience.  Reena’s job coaches assist the participants with job readiness training, and secure summer employment placements that can continue throughout the year. In addition, the job coaches offer the student  on-the-job coaching at the workplace while providing the necessary supports with navigating the challenges of being employed.

York Region Catchment Area: Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham and Maple

Program Requirements:

  • Students must have transportation or be able to travel independently to the job site
  • Students must be available to work for the complete duration of the program

Pathways Day Program

Pathways is an ongoing community-based program that helps with the transition of adults with developmental disabilities from schools, home and other services into the community.

Pathways  provides participants  a variety of integrative activities including  training in job readiness, life-skills, social skills, recreational events and much more. Volunteering at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre and The Scott Mission, as well as, partnering with Hillel Jewish Campuses of Toronto, are some of the examples of the participants enjoy giving back to their community.

The program also includes creative arts, music appreciation, recreational outings, special guests, physical activity and cooking programs.

Participants of Pathways must be 18 years and older and should be able to contribute to the programming. The cost varies according to the ratio of support needed.

The program is held Monday to Friday (except on statutory and Jewish holidays) from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

There are two locations:

For more information about our programs contact:
Intake Social Worker
(905) 889.2690 x2201