By Renee Larr
Janus Developmental Services in Noblesville gives adults with disabilities the opportunity to contribute and participate within the community. JDS offers a variety of services for their clients including a community employment program, a work experience program and a doorways program.
Community Employment Program
The community employment program teaches clients how to develop a resume, search for a job, complete a job application and how to interview. A job coach assists each client and fosters a relationship with the employer to ensure a smooth and positive experience. JDS partners with more than 40 local area businesses within the community to assist clients in finding jobs.
The work experience program matches clients’ interests and talents to jobs within JDS. Clients can create pieces of art to sell, prepare food in the Capabilities Café, or they can work assembling products for individual companies.
“One local group that we work with is United Pet Group,” said Jennifer Woolums, sales manager. “If anyone has shopped at Wal-Mart for a fish tank this is what we do.”
The doorways program focuses on clients exploring new interests. Popular topics include gardening, recreational and educational activities and community service.
Each month JDS hosts a luncheon and tour of their facility in Noblesville. Clients of the organization plan the menu, prepare the food and serve at each luncheon. Each client introduces the item they have created with pride.
Hamilton County Express
JDS also operates a transportation system called Hamilton County Express. Any Hamilton County resident can use the service. A one-way fair is only $5 and a monthly, unlimited pass is $55. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“My mother-in-law rides it three days a week. It’s for anyone that wants to ride,” said Elaine McGuire, transportation manager.
JDS focuses on each individual client and how to best prepare them for life.
“I like to think of it this way Janus provides the opportunity for our clients to have a meaningful every day life, and what I mean by every day is those days that are in between the fun days,” said Chris Sorenson, president and CEO.
For more information on JDS visit janus-inc.org.