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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Employment, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: CARES of Washington partners with employers to develop a diverse workforce of effective employees. We provide individualized services that empower people with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and reach their full potential.Our goal is to provide meaningful and beneficial opportunities to both our clients and their employers.

Target demographics: Those living with a disability and/or low income

Geographic areas served: King,Snohomish, Pirece, Kitsap

Programs: Cares offers services and programs to help individuals with disabilities and those experiencing distress from low income find and sustain employment and develop life skills through the following programs: DVR, Ticket to Work, BFET, DDD, and WDC. These no-fee services include: •Vocational Counseling •Job Readiness Training: resume writing, interview skills, application completion, using the internet and other job search resources •Skills Assessment •Job Placement Assistance •Follow-Up Support •Resource Materials •Job Accommodation Advice •Education Counseling

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

While working for a large janitorial business in Seattle, I found CARES of Washington to be a very useful partner in helping me find people with disabilities and low incomes to fill a request for one of our top accounts. A unique program was developed with the Port of Seattle to bridge the gap between folks looking for employment, and open positions at the Sea-Tac Airport . CARES of Washington introduced me to highly qualified individuals who were seeking a path to sustainable careers. Additionally, the support that CARES offered my new employees was fantastic; job shadowing to support the new hire success as well as support for social skills. The team at CARES of Washington excel at what they do because they love what they do and understand the importance of resilience as a life skill. They are easy to work with and a very caring group of people. I recommend CARES of Washington to any employer seeking to hire people with disabilities and low incomes.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm writing a review as a representative of Seattle Tilth. We are a food justice non-profit with several training programs that serve low-income and other high need individuals and families. We use Cares of Washington's amazing Connect for Success service to connect our participants to resources, such as housing, food assistance, child care, and more, that help them to be more successful in their personal lives, and in our training programs. Barb, the Connect for Success coordinator, does an amazing job of helping clients figure out what they need and navigate the sometimes confusing and byzantine process of getting help. We have seen the tremendous difference that having this service available makes in the lives of our participants and I truly cannot say enough good things about it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Do you know someone in your life or in the circle of your family, friends, acquaintances, families of friends or acquaintances who who might be disabled? Many people in the Puget Sound region are challenged by physical, learning or logistical disabilities that reduce their ability to find the right job for them. They may need help with life skills so they can start to earn an income to support themselves on a long-term basis. CARES of Washington is an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities and low incomes to start to develop on a path to greater self-sufficiency. Clients of CARES of WA receive individualized attention, assessment, training and coaching. They receive help in finding the right job for their aspirations and skill levels. They are coached and encouraged throughout the process by caring and knowledgeable CARES of Washington staff and case managers. Extending help in finding suitable housing and reliable transportation to/from work is also part of the CARES of WA support. It is rewarding to see the individuals that CARES has helped have a growing confidence in their ability to work and thrive on their own. To help those with disabilities know they are a productive, self-sufficient and capable person in a job they like and know they can do is not only rewarding for those individuals but benefits our community as a whole. The CARES of Washington team is a dedicated group of professionals who love what they do and are committed to the clients they serve. I invite you to get to know CARES of Washington at http://www.caresofwa.org.