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Employment Services

Employment Connection, JM Murray’s Employment Services Department, is a community-based service that assists people in obtaining and maintaining employment. The dedicated staff at Employment Connection works with individuals of all abilities to assist them in maintaining employment to achieve their independence and thus raise their self-esteem. Employment Connection offers a variety of state- and federally-funded programs which provide Employment Services to individuals with disabilities and other barriers to  independence including, Supported Employment, Unified Contract ServicesPre-Employment, and services for individuals receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), and Ticket to Work.

Supported Employment

Individuals with the most severe disabilities are offered long-term support through Supported Employment. Through this service, we assist people in finding and keeping community employment, while offering them ongoing support for as long as they need it. This support is offered with a two-pronged approach providing both intensive services and extended services.

Intensive services are offered to assist the person through vocational evaluation, job development, situational assessment, placement and stabilization. Extended services provide the support necessary to help people retain a job, or if necessary, quickly assist them in finding new employment.

Unified Contract Services

The Unified Contract Services (UCS), funded by the New York State Vocational and Educational Services Program for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), provides job placement services to individuals who do not require the on-going and intensive services that are offered through Supported Employment. Among the specific services offered by UCS are assessments, job entry, work readiness, job placement services and related adjunct services. 

ACE Pre-Employment Services

The ACE program, a pre-employment service available through Employment Connection, assists individuals with a mental health diagnosis in preparing to return to work. The ACE program is part of a continuum of prevocational services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

The ACE-Client Worker Program develops individually designed volunteer opportunities so that participants can engage in a positive atmosphere where they will learn new vocational skills and gain self-esteem. A weekly work group is convened where volunteers have the opportunity to share their experiences.

TANF Services

JM Murray’s Employment Connection also participates in a number of other services that offer employment support and assistance to individuals who receive public assistance or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). These programs include:

  • Job Search Workshop 
  • Department of Social Services (DSS) Comprehensive Employment Program
  • LIVES II Program 
  • Wage Subsidy Program
  • Transitional Employment Program (TEP)

Ticket to Work

Employment Connection is also a “Ticket to Work” Employment Network. This allows Employment Connection to serve Social Security beneficiaries and assist them in obtaining employment to eliminate their reliance on federal benefits. This program is voluntary for both the beneficiary and the network.

Individuals interested in applying for Employment Services through JM Murray’s Employment Connection should contact our Intake Specialist at intake@jmmurray.com or (607) 756-8070, ext. 2841.