A major focus at Gateway is on helping members return to work. We offer three types of employment programs to address this goal.
The Transitional Employment Program (TEP) is an innovative concept with a proven track record. TEP gives members the opportunity to work in competitive jobs in business and industry, not in sheltered workshops or created jobs. TEP jobs are part-time and last from six to nine months. Members gain experience, confidence and a sense of accomplishment, improving their chances for living a more productive life.
When a new TEP position is awarded, a Gateway placement manager trains the participating members, and then stays with the member for as long as it takes him or her to become comfortable on the job. Throughout the job period, the placement manager visits the job site regularly and accepts responsibility for the job, filling in any time the member is unavailable.
The key to the program’s success is that the jobs are as beneficial to the employer as they are to the members. Gateway guarantees that the job will be performed to the employer’s satisfaction, with no absenteeism, no additional training requirements, and no lowering of job standards.
“Since coming to Gateway my life has changed for the better. I am no longer depressed and I now enjoy being around people that know what I am going through. I work on a transitional employment job and this has really helped boost my confidence. Gateway is a great place. I am happy now.”
We are extremely grateful to the following local businesses that provide transitional and supported employment opportunities for our members.
- Aramark at Bob Jones University
- TJ Maxx At Cherrydale
- Bucky’s BBQ
- Chick-fil-A / BJU
Supported and Independent Employment
Approximately 30% of members who participated in the transitional employment program have moved on to supported or independent employment; however, it is difficult to track this progression since many members become inactive at Gateway because of their full-time employment.
When a member seems ready to move into supported or independent employment, the Gateway staff stands ready to assist, working with members to identify employment positions, then help with resumes, interviewing skills, training and transportation.
Regardless of the statistics, it is important to remember that many of these members were once labeled unemployable, but through the confidence gained by the transitional employment program, along with the support of Gateway House members and staff, success can be achieved.
“Gateway staff and members always enter their work with a sense of responsibility and pleasure not often found in today’s work force. My coworkers and I have received more than we have given to the program and look forward to a continued partnership with Gateway.”
Scott B. Wilbanks, Service and Supply Manager, Greenville Technical College