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Workforce Development & Community Restoration

Workforce Development

The Workforce Development Program is a Villa of Hope innovation that combines comprehensive vocational and leadership development, and is designed to give people we serve real-world work experience, confidence, and skills to shape responsible citizenship.

We offer Work Based Learning, for ages 12-21, which includes a range of minimum wage paid internships on our Villa campus, to offsite paid employment with coaching by Villa of Hope staff.

We also offer Supported Employment for adults, 18+, where we help members of our community prepare for a job search, secure employment, and stay employed.

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Workforce Development

Bridging Opportunity through Learning Development (BOLD)

Objective: To transform our community, by improving the functioning of at-risk, criminal justice and probation/parole-involved adolescents and adults by improving employability, reducing recidivism, addressing basic needs and managing mental health/substance use needs that make maintaining employment difficult while supporting community workforce needs.

Our Approach: We take a person-centered approach to meeting the needs of the individuals we serve with an integrated service delivery model, designed to help them live their most meaningful lives. We are a leader in providing the supports needed for experiential career exploration and development opportunities combined with job search support. We embrace individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and other social determinant needs, as well as those on probation or re[1]entering society from being incarcerated

Community Oriented Recovery and Empowerment (CORE)

CORE (community-oriented recovery & empowerment) services help people ages 21-65 who have mental health and substance use barriers in life. They help people’s ability to be independent and successful wherever they live, work, learn, and socialize. Every person is different and has different strengths, connections, and needs. We focus on using each person’s strengths to help them use skills and resources to live the life they want.

CORE services include:

  1. Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  2. Education Support Services, Pre-Vocational Services, and Ongoing Supported Employment
  3. Empowerment Services/Peer Supports

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Fill out our Referral Intake Form for more information or you can call (585)581-HOPE.

Juvenile Reporting Center (JRC)

The Villa’s JRC program engages youth in supervised activities to reduce the need for detention stays and out of home placements for youth. JRC provides an intensive evening reporting program and community activities for youth 13 -21 years of age (including Raise the Age youth) for up to 3 months. JRC provides continuity, accountability, and responsibility for each youth so that in a very short period of time they may be able to approach life with new tools for success and productivity.

JRC provides transportation to and from the program site and operates five days per week after school. The program is designed from pick up to drop off to have the youth working to explore, experience and learn alternatives to behaviors that have led them to JRC. The program offers school advocacy, drug and alcohol awareness, positive social skills, career exploration and recreational activities.

The JRC also meets with family parents/guardians regularly to provide them with resources when necessary, taking a youth focused and family driven approach to service. The JRC program creates an individualized service plan to assist youth and their families in overcoming barriers.

The young person must have a Family Court status of Person In Need of Supervision (PINS) or Juvenile Delinquent (JD) and live in the City of Rochester. Participants are referred by the Alternative Program Review (APR) committee, Family Court or Probation.

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Work Based Learning

The program exposes youth to career interest opportunities with job coaching and constructive feedback.

Our three-phase approach progresses toward independence from classroom-based study and practice to on-site paid internships, and finally offsite paid employment with coaching by Villa of Hope staff.

Participants acquire leadership development and work readiness skills, as well as soft skills impacting employability, such as attendance, proper attire, conflict resolution, interviewing, and financial literacy.

The Work Based Learning mission statement:

Our mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success in both their personal and professional lives.  Through a diverse range of work opportunities, we aim to cultivate critical thinking, leadership, creativity, resilience, and a sense of social responsibility while nurturing a supportive and inclusive work community. The Villa of Hope Work Based Learning Program seeks to inspire lifelong learning and equip students with the tools they need to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world at large. 

Supported Employment

We help adult members of our community to prepare for a job search, secure employment, and stay employed.

Services may include job coaching, trauma-informed supervision training, transportation, daycare, and removing other barriers to work.

Hope Place

The Hope Place Psychiatric Diversion Program is a division of Villa of Hope; a peer-run Living Room Program, staffed by our own Certified Peer Support Specialists. Our team members are compassionate, flexible professionals who have self-identified as individuals who have first-hand experience with social, emotional, medical, developmental, substance use, and/or behavioral challenges. They can use their lived experience to assist in supporting adults experiencing difficulties with their resiliency, recovery, and wellness.

Hope Place serves adults, ages 18+ experiencing a mental health pre-crisis or crisis, by providing the least restrictive means of crisis stabilization and treating guests to ensure their return to a higher level of functioning as quickly as possible.

Villa of Hope has served over 1300 people annually since opening in 2020.

Hope Place is open 3pm-11pm daily and located at:

1099 Jay Street
Rochester, NY 14611

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