“It is my pleasure to recommend the Community Options STEP program. My son has participated in the program since 2010.

STEP’s unpaid internships offer a daily schedule of productive activities, with exposure to varied types of work, in real-world settings, surrounded by regular working people, under the supervision of caring and energetic job coaches. STEP provides plenty of support, with the goal of helping each participant move toward greater independence.

Two years ago, STEP helped my son get a paid part-time job doing clerical work at the office of a non-profit organization. The unpaid STEP internships provided excellent experience and training that qualified him for paid employment. The STEP staff also helped him write his resume and practice for job interviews, and they pursued employment leads for him. My son now works at his paid job three days a week, and he continues to participate in unpaid internships with STEP on the other two days.

Thanks to STEP, our son’s work skills have grown to the point that he is a valued staff member at his part-time paid job. In addition, his communication and social skills have improved, his confidence has increased, and he has developed a real sense of pride in a job well done. STEP has been the key to his success!”

Sally G.

Parent of a STEP Participant