FUNDING SOURCES

The Center is a nonprofit agency whose primary funding sources are obtained from the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Adults with Disabilities Grant, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network, Town of Palm Beach United Way, United Way of Palm Beach County, private foundations and individual donors.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

With good training programs and careful matching of ability, most people with disabilities can be gainfully employed.  The Career Development Department offers work experience and training to individuals to help them make the transition into community employment.  A vocational evaluation is performed to assess a person’s abilities, physical capacity and interests in order to identify their strengths as they relate to employment.  Job placement services and follow up employment supports on their job assist individuals to learn their job duties, follow the work routine and how to relate with co-workers and supervisors.

FOOD SERVICE EMPLOYMENT TRAINING

The Food Service Industry in Palm Beach County provides one of the greatest opportunities for participants in this program to secure and maintain employment in this field.  Individuals receive training  while assisting in the preparation of meals served daily in TJ’s  Café, a full-service cafeteria located on the main campus.  The individualized training develops skills that include food preparation, cooking, dishwashing, and cashiering while receiving the opportunity to obtain a Safe Food Handling Certificate.

WORK TRAINING AND PRODUCTION AREA

Palm Beach Habilitation Center’s  Production Area, also known as “The Instant Factory” provides men and women an opportunity to learn employment skills necessary to reach their highest level of independence.

The Production Area is able to provide the following types of work:  custom and production line packaging (shrink wrapping, blister packaging, poly bagging and sealing, package labeling, and hand packaging), product assembly and office/miscellaneous services.

COMPUTER TRAINING

The Computer Training Program incorporates the various ways that individuals interact and use computers throughout each day.  Skills training is provided to prepare individuals to work with computers in their place of work.  The Center trains participants in software typically used in industry and software to improve reading, math, and reasoning skills.  Participants’ learn to use computers for job searches as well as personal uses to communicate and learn about the world around them.  Training is provided on an individualized basis to encourage personal growth and accomplishments.

Recognizing the importance of technology in the workplace and at home, the Center offers  a wide range of computer training classes that includes hardware to accommodate special needs, specific software applications