Job Development / Job Coaching
Consumers are paired with a job coach who provides intensive training prior to and during job placement. Training may include areas of needed improvement and enhancing work habits. In addition, program participants receive assistance in developing a resume, interviewing for a job and completing applications.
Adult Training Services
CODI's day program is funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Consumers in this program participate in production work enclaves as well as vocational training. Training and assistance is provided to prepare for transition into community employment.
Supported Employment offers CODI consumers the opportunity to work in either food or janitorial services in a community setting while earning a competitive wage and developing job skills.
Current supported employment sites include:
• FOOD SERVICES - Coffee Shops located in the Atlantic City and Mays Landing Court Houses
• JANITORIAL SERVICES - Local churches, office buildings, residential apartments, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority, and the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Division
(Funded by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey)
In addition to providing comprehensive financial services by way of financial literacy instruction and one-on-one basic financial counseling, CODI’s Pathways to Success program also targets numerous other strategies to assist individuals in obtaining financial independence and self-sufficiency. These strategies include helping individuals meet their social service needs through CODI’s residential supportive service program, its array of vocational rehabilitation services, its prisoner reentry programs, and its residential housing program. CODI offers financial services to participants in all of its programs, to complement other services and to equip them with necessary basic financial decision-making skills. All of these services together help CODI to further its greater mission: to motivate, inspire, and support individuals with disabilities and disadvantages to optimize potential and maximize independence.
CODI Organizational Employment Programs
Evaluation and Work Adjustment Training
The Outsource Center (formerly known as the CODI Sheltered Workshop) offers area businesses a competitive solution to everyday tasks while providing program participants with the opportunity to continue to improve job skills. Competitive prices and quality work has provided a positive experience for our partners and paychecks for many individuals with disabilities.
Auto - Detailing ~ Mailings ~ Shredding
Employers throughout South Jersey utilize CODI consumers in a wide range of jobs including:
• Folding • Collating • Labeling
• Packaging • Sorting • Order Fulfillment
• Product Assembly • Product Inspection • Product Quality Control
Early Employment Initiative (EEI)
EEI is located within the One Stop Career Centers in Atlantic City and Pleasantville.
CODI's Staff assists participants in conducting a focused job search to obtain and retain employment. In addition to employment counseling, individuals participating in this program receive assistance in securing child care, and transportation helping to remove barriers preventing employment.
Employment Specialists located in the Atlantic City and Pleasantville One Stop Career Centers provide comprehensive job search and placement services to individuals applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). EEI provides short term financial assistance during job search for childcare and transportation. When a participant secures employment and identifies an immediate need for items such as rent, uniforms, utilities, a one-time lump sum payment is issued to insure a successful transition into employment. Individuals are required to participate for a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of 30 days. Employment Specialists provide retention services for 120 days following placement.
CODI PROGRAMS & SERVICES for CONSUMERS
Intensive Supportive Housing Program
In 2008, CODI entered into a partnership with the John Brooks Recovery Center in Atlantic City, to provide supportive housing services to homeless individuals with substance disorders. Funded through the New Jersey Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Division of Addiction Services (DAS), the program provides assistance for individuals and families. Services are consumer-driven, client-centered, and flexible in response to individual service preferences. The Program provides tools to locate and maintain housing, obtain and retain employment, and on-going support to empower consumers to reach their optimal potential.
Group Job Search (GJOBS)
GJOBS provides vocational services for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or General Assistance (GA). The program assists participants to obtain employment or improve employment prospects through various work activities.
The Job Search and Job Readiness program provides a Work Readiness and Job Search Program for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA) and Food Stamp Recipients using an innovative and highly interactive life skills curriculum that helps hard-to-reach individuals prepare for success in work and life. Sessions run for four weeks with classes meeting five days a week. Incorporated into the program are fast track employment and retention services to assist program participants secure and maintain unsubsidized employment.
CODI Residential Programs & Services
CODI’s residential services provide a range of options from 24/7 supervised to independent living and flexible programing. Services are developed to meet the unique needs of each individual while supporting their journey to wellness and recovery. This program provides support services to individuals diagnosed with mental illness who are living in the community in their own apartments or group homes licensed by New Jersey Department of Human Services. These supports include case management, assistance with life skills, housing relocation, obtaining and maintaining employment, and medical needs.
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PRISONER RE-ENTRY PROGRAMS
CODI Support Groups
CODI offers a weekly MICA (Mentally Ill & Chemically Addicted) support group as well as a DRA (Dual Recovery Anonymous) group.
In the Engaging Families program, CODI assists offenders leaving New Jersey state prisons to find and retain employment through job coaching, job-search assistance, soft-skills training, resume and cover letter development, and job referrals.
CODI COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Due to overwhelming response, applications for the Sandy Grant Temporary Supportive Housing Program are not being accepted at this time. Please continue to visit this webpage for information regarding future availability for CODI Residential & Support Housing. Thank you.
Career Opportunity Development, Inc. (CODI)
901 Atlantic Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Phone (609) 965-6871~ Fax (609) 965-3099
CODI is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization