Success Stories

Arielle – Yocco’s

Like so many young adults searching for employment, Arielle wanted to find a job that provided her with a sense of accomplishment, the opportunity to connect with other people, and the ability to earn a steady paycheck.  Working in the community was always Arielle’s goal, and she began using Via’s Community Employment Services to help her realize it.

With the help of Via’s staff, Arielle found a job at the new Yocco’s in the South Mall, where she has worked since November of 2016.

She is learning new skills, taking on additional responsibilities, and putting on her Yocco’s shirt before a shift makes her feel like part of a team.  Arielle says that her job makes her happy, and that she’s proud of being a good employee.  She enjoys working independently, and she loves interacting with the people she meets at the restaurant.

Robert – Josh Early Candies

Robert started at Josh Early Candies as a shy young man who never had a job before. Having recently graduated from high school, this was the first time Robert took steps towards personal independence, away from school and family. And there were a lot of new challenges Robert was eager to face.

From navigating public transportation to learning time management to ensure he was at work on time, Robert met every challenge head-on. Robert and his Job Coach started by learning the ropes at Josh Early, and in a few weeks, he mastered his job responsibilities.  Conquering public transportation was next on the list.  Robert’s Job Coach helped him identify the bus route that would take him to work, and after riding the route for a few weeks with his Coach, Robert was confident he could manage the 40 minute ride and two transfers on his own.

A year later, Robert’s Coach checks in with him once every two weeks at Josh Early. Robert’s job responsibilities continue to grow, and he will tell you he really likes to help make candy. From sifting the topping for nonpareils to pouring chocolate on pecan nut clusters, Robert takes pride in making the highest quality chocolates to satisfy the sweetest sweet tooth in the Lehigh Valley.

Because of dedication and hard work, Robert has his own income, is enjoying his independence, and has a whole new set of co-workers and friends.

For more information, contact:
Alivia Weidler, Intake Manager, OVR Services
A.Weidler@ViaNet.org | 610-628-2326 x502

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COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate that non-essential businesses be closed and with guidance from the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), that funds many of our programs, Small Group Employment, many Community Employment Services, Creative Expressions Adult Training Facility and Prevocational Workshop are closed for participants until the mandate is lifted. 

However, ODP has determined that home and community-based services are considered life-sustaining and are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, Via will provide limited Community Participation supports, In-Home services and Behavioral Support services.  As we learn more from ODP, coordinators will reach out to participants about services that are available.  We are reaching out to Via staff now to determine who can provide these services. 

Coordinators are working remotely and are available by email or phone to answer your questions.  Please contact your coordinator by email or phone if you need anything or email Via@ViaNet.org.