Employment & Community Options

Rating: 4.91 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Job Training, Human Services

Location: 9370 Sky Park Ct. Ste 210 San Diego CA 92123 USA

Mission: Founded in 1985, we provide employment and independent living services to individuals with disabilities. We envision a society that embraces all its members as full partners in their community. Our goal is to assist individuals to become productive tax paying citizens. Our mission is to create and support opportunities for adults with disabilities and disadvantaged seniors in making choices to live, work and enjoy life with dignity and respect. For 23 years, we were a division of the Foundation for Educational Achievement under the name of Community Options. Effective March 1, 2008 we became a free standing non-profit organization named Employment & Community Options.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been to two Holiday Fund Raisers. Both times I have been very impressed with the staff, and the clients. The compassion from the staff and the joy I see in the clients faces and eyes cannot be described. It's special.... Employment and Community Options is awesome...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing....

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Add to it's staff and provide many more job opportunities for their clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

It was greatly appreciated that I had a chance to be a participant in Employment & Community Options (ECO) under Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)in San Diego. Being 50+ job seeker, there was a barrier in employ-ment considering the present economy hence, ECO with the help of all staffs of the tremen- dous organization meet the needs of seniors like me by conducting workshops such as resume development, interviewing strategies, searching labor market and basic computer skills. I was placed on intership with a host site (Mercy Clinic) for a job experience. This will give me a current and local work refe-rence that can validate my work habits and skills. Without experience even with school certificates cannot help me to be employed as med. asst. The clinic is so happy being me as volunteer to them. ECO offers assistance in finding job leads considering a stipend that was regularly given to me every 15 days. A really great help! I am looking forward to continue this tremendous assistance of ECO/SCSEP to my fellow seniors to resolve and overcome problems in finding employment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the good result of helping seniors of our community not to be dependent from anybody.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

invite unemployed to join considering the unemployment problems nowadays

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

This organization trusted me as senior that I am a mature worker who would do a job far better than a less experienced person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

considerate, understanding the present condition of economy and did their best to help seniors like me to get employed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

it will be a great help to anybody who needs assistance.

Ways to make it better...

there are more jobs available to be hired

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial capacity to meet the needs of organization therefore I would encourage philantropist and other wealthy people to contribute not only to medical research but also to human needs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Keep your good works and SOMEBODY will reward your later.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Working with Employment and Community Options has given me a chance to help others become more independent and sociable. It gives me great pleasure to go to work because I know I will be able to make a difference in the individuals that I work with every day. The people I work with are happy to be in the community and when they have a chance to volunteer they tell me how much they like to work.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way we have the opportunity to have training available and great staff who work to help one another.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure individuals we work with would have the opportunity to speak up for their needs on a regular basis.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they want to make everything work the good of everyone.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

happy and ready to work with eagerness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many people with disabilities and possibly have places for them to work and earn a living on a regular basis.

Ways to make it better...

we had more jobs for the individuals we work with so that they can prove their skills.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the funding gets cut and continues to face hardships.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the people I work with really appreciate everything we put our heart into because they know I care.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have had the privilege of co-charing a Gala Fund-raiser for this organization. I was able to see first-hand how dedicated the CEO and her staff are at providing employment and training options for disabled individuals. It is an excellent organization, efficiently run, making very good use of limited donated and public funding to provide for a better life for the disabled. It strives to give them a sense of purpose and pride in themselves by being able to contribute to society, and live as independently as possible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing individuals employed and contributing to society and living independently. The money that we raised is used efficiently and with dedication.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the CEO and her staff to organize and deliver a successful fund-raiser.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated and hard-working and devoted to helping their clients. They were professional and demonstrated good ethics, as well as altrusism and a strong desire to improve their clients welfare.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its services to help more individuals by providing expanded training with more resources and more employment opportunities as well as provide more assistance in improving lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have observed the program in action and worked closely with staff and management. This organization provides an important public service in a highly professional and caring way. Their consumers are their top priority and the organization takes its responsibilities to them very seriously. Nancy Batterman provides tremendous leadership and is always looking for new ways to further the organization's goals.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure that every person in the state of California with a developmental disability received the services they need to lead a full and productive life within their limitations, and to achieve the independence that the rest of us take for granted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

As a volunteer for the past 5 years with this organization, I have seen first hand the incredible work Employment and Community Options (E&CO;) does in helping the developmentally disabled adult community. Many employees go beyond their work hours to ensure these consumers of services are respected, engaged, and shown compassion. The leadership of the President/CEO Nancy Batterman is outstanding and this organization is very fiscally responsible in meeting the needs of the developmentally disabled.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their activities with the developmentally disabled.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Hi, my daughter, Megan, is more involved than I but she tells me how, why, what the company is doing to help challenged individuals. I'm involved with a woman at our church and she is a great person, because she is in a program that helps her not hinders her and that is what E&CO;does. I've attended some of your fund raisers; they've been welcoming and a lot of fun. I'll continue to help where I can. Laura Stephens

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not worry about money

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is a great organization. It helps by providing employment oportunities to health challenged individuals that are capable to do a great job. These employees are some of the best employees that one can possible have. I would strongly recommend that employers really take a look at these individuals and give them a chance. It can be possible be one of the best investments that you will ever make. Louis Shapiro, HHP zen12.biz@gmail.com Helping Build a better tomorrow through Nutritional Supplements, Massage and Yoga

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My Yoga class.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Our daughter Elizabeth has been served by Employment & Community Options (E&CO;) since July 2002. Within two days of starting, E&CO;had located suitable employment for Elizabeth with Old Navy Stores in Fashion Valley. Elizabeth has been continuously employed by Old Navy Stores since that time. The supervision she receives from her Job Coach, Carla, is nothing short of outstanding. She also receives transportation services from another E&CO;support specialist, Charlie. Charlie is very reliable and helps Elizabeth tremendously. Elizabeth, her mother and I are all very happy with E&CO;, as is evidenced by Elizabeth being there for 7 1/2 years. Keep up the great work! E&CO;is a very valued asset to the community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way it affects my daughter's life. She never wants to miss a day.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal attention my daughter receives from the staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always interested in helping their clients achieve their maximum potential.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more clients that need help and could more appropriately compensate its employees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Our son Michael DeGraw as been with Employment and Community Options for about six years. We couldn't be more pleased with the service he has received. This group has connected him up with Pizza Port in Solana Beach. His current job coach, Anne Donahoe, is outstanding. Besides supervising his work, she has found many other opportunities for volenteering for him. This group is a very caring and responsive organiztion. We owe them many thanks. Monte and Janice DeGraw

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dependability and caring of the personel.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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