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Employment & Community Options

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Human Services, Job Training

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.

Programs: -Supported Employment -Integrated Employment -Independent Living Services -Micro Enterprise -Senior Community Services Employment Programs

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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