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7400 Laurel Ave.
Golden Valley, MN  55426
Phone: 763 541-1844
Fax: 763 541-0415
Contact Via Email


Program Structure

                                                                                                                                                            

WorkAbilities, Inc. is a Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) with the unique ability to provide training and support services to clients with the widest range of needs and abilities across five separate programs, each with its own program focus and staffing capability. Clients range from those who are medically fragile with complex physical needs to those who need minimal coaching and supervision and benefit from paid work opportunities.
 
Licensure
WorkAbilities is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. We meet the requirements for licensure under MN Rule 245D for DT&H, Pre-Vocational and Structured Day Services. 
 
Staff
The staffing ratio is different for each of the five programs based upon service and supervision needs. Ratio’s range from better than 1:4 in Group I to 1:8 in Group V.  Planning Managers serve as internal case managers, Area Managers train and provide leadership to staff and supervise the program areas, and Program Technicians provide direct support.  Medical and health care services are monitored 8 hours per week by a nurse consultant through Health Counseling Services.
 
Facility
WorkAbilities Inc. is a one-story wheelchair accessible building constructed in 1981. It is located in a mixed-use area of Golden Valley (residential, commercial and industrial) and is in close proximity to several major highways, bus lines with easy access to lovely parks and nature areas.
 
Jobs      
WorkAbilities’ full time Job Developer procures a variety of contract work so that all clients interested in work will have work training and paid work opportunities available to them.  Examples include hand packaging, assembly, collating and mailing, etc. 
 
Transportation and Geographical Service Area
WorkAbilities serves clients who live in the Hennepin County/Metro Area. Transit Team, our contracted transportation vendor, provides door-to-door, wheelchair accessible transportation.
 
For program referral information and/or a tour please contact:
 
Luana Ball                  Executive Director                ext. 106        lball@workabilities.org
                                            or
Shanna Black    Quality Management Director   ext. 105        sblack@workabilities.org
   
                                                    
 
 

 
GROUP I
                                                                                          
SERVICE & SUPPORT FOCUS                                                                                     Staff/Client Ratio  1:3
 
Physical Well Being
Sensory activities
Relaxation
ROM & Strengthening
Mobile and stationary standing frames available
Staff trained in proper positioning in wheelchairs and use of walkers and gait trainers
 
Health Management
Ongoing monitoring for signs of illness/discomfort
Staff knowledgeable in specialized medical cares
 
Activities of Daily Living
Adaptive equipment available to encourage choice making and communication
Physical activities to promote wellness
Cooking, arts/craft and music activities offered. 
 
Community Involvement
Bowling, local parks and libraries, sporting events, theater, Humane Society etc.
 
GROUP II
 
SERVICE & SUPPORT FOCUS                                                                                    Staff/Client Ratio   1:4
 
Physical Well Being and Health Management
Sensory integration
Stretching and strengthening
Standing frames, walkers and gait trainers available
Staff trained in specialized medical cares
 
Development of Functional Independence
Personal care tasks
Communication
Interpersonal skills
 
Basic Work Skills
Fine motor movement
Staying on task
Following 1 – 2 step directions
Paid work offered
 
Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
Application of functional skills to enhance community participation
Adopt a Park, Feed my Starving Children, Open Arms, Meals on Wheels
 
  
GROUP III
                                                                                      
SERVICE & SUPPORT FOCUS                                                                                Staff/Client Ratio  1:5
 
Development of Functional Independence
Personal care tasks
Interpersonal skills and communication
Recreation and leisure activities including cooking and music
 
Work Skill Training and Paid Work in Center
Improve fine and gross motor skills
Task tolerance
Sequencing
Use of adaptive equipment to facilitate productivity
 
Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
 
GROUP IV
 
SERVICE & SUPPORT FOCUS                                                                                Staff/Client Ratio   1:6
 
Work Skill Training and Paid Work in Center
Develop fine and gross motor skills
Maintaining a clean work area
Following directives and staying on task
 
Development of Functional Independence
Personal care and safety
Interpersonal skills and communication
Recreation and leisure activities including exercise and healthy choice making
 
Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
 
GROUP V
                                                                                                                           
SERVICE & SUPPORT FOCUS                                                                    Staff/Client Ratio  1:6 – 1:8
 
Work Skill Training and Paid Work in Center and the Community
Development and application of work skills
Use of a time clock
Task tolerance and productivity
Work area set up and maintaining a neat work area
 
Interpersonal Skills and Functional Independence
Respectful communication and interactions
Boundaries with co-workers
Recreation and leisure activities including art projects and exercise
 
Community Involvement and Volunteer Opportunities
 
 


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