Crossroads of Western Iowa’s Workshop in Cherokee has allowed program clients to gain real work experience while providing a structured environment and staff support in reaching their goals. Unfortunately, this service no longer meets the Federal Guidelines for integration. Organizations are being held to a higher standard of integration, and it is the responsibility of Crossroads to make sure their services meet those standards. After thorough evaluation, Crossroads has made the decision to close this Workshop in Cherokee effective June 30th, 2018.
Crossroads staff will be offering alternative program opportunities for clients transitioning out of the workshop into other program areas. To better serve these clients, Volunteer Leads to Employment will be introduced this summer. Through this program, clients will serve as volunteers at organizations in the community. The objective being to increase soft skills and experience with a goal to become competitively employed in integrated settings.
“Our workshop in Cherokee has been our identity for decades. It has provided opportunities for our clients and has helped develop many individuals to gain jobs in the community. As our organization goes through this transformation to provide a more integrated and independent model for our clients, we will continue to remain dedicated to our clients in Cherokee and offer supports to them through alternative programs at our current facility,” says Ben Shuberg, Regional Director for Crossroads of Western Iowa.
For 50 years, Crossroads of Western Iowa has been a trusted partner for families of individuals with disabilities. Today, the Mission of Crossroads touches the lives of more than 500 individuals, their families and their communities through residential, work and day services. Each of our service programs is in place to carry out and support our mission through quality outcomes that directly impact our clients in an effort for them to lead productive lives.
For more information, please contact Ben Shuberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 712.225.4531.