Employment Programs

Our Ready 2 Work Program helps people with Down syndrome address the challenges they face when looking for and retaining community-based employment.

3•21 Coffee Program continues to grow!

The training element of our Ready 2 Work program is our 3•21 Coffee / Pop Up Marketplace. They are a hands-on skill building program for individuals with Down syndrome that are working toward finding community-based employment.

Program participants label and package delicious coffee and refreshing iced tea. Our amazing partnership with local roaster, Dubuque Coffee Company, has had a significant impact on our growth and selection of items we offer at our Pop Up Marketplace.

If you’re drinking the best coffee and tea, you need something to drink out of. And,  our team has you covered! They paint coffee cups, creating a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art, with the creative assistance from Burning Creations Pottery

We use the Pop Up Marketplace events to continue the training and development. The team helps display, present and sell the items to customers, resulting in improved execution and retention for sorting, organizing, labeling and customer service skills. 

Click on the Online Store button below to see our entire collection. And, now we can ship your order anywhere!

For more information about our Ready 2 Work program, please contact Don at  don@dsagsl.org  •  314-710-3603.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our program. Please visit our Employment Partners below.

More Resources on Employment

Hiring People with Disabilities – It Just Makes Good Business Sense!

  1. It is a return on investment: By hiring people with disabilities, a business can access new markets, improve productivity through innovation, reduce hiring and training costs, and increase retention.

  2. New and exciting marketing opportunities: Customers with disabilities and their families, friends, and associates represent a trillion dollar market segment. A large number of Americans also say they prefer to patronize businesses that hire people with disabilities.

  3. Think innovation: Employees with disabilities bring unique experiences and understanding that transform a workplace and enhance products and services. People with disabilities can help create more efficient and effective business processes, use technology in new ways to increase productivity, and stimulate new product and services development.

Advocacy

There are easy ways for you as parents and support persons to advocate for our loved one’s with Down syndrome regarding employment:

1. Share the following facts about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities with a business you know.

2. Join our Corporate Advisory Board which meets quarterly by phone for networking and strategic brainstorming. Email Erin@dsagsl.org.

3. Invite your company or a business you frequent to attend our Employer Summits held throughout the year to meet our newest Employment Academy grads and learn about hiring.

4. Ask if your spouse’s office, neighbor’s office, or your own office building will host our Pop-Up Marketplace.  Email Don@dsagsl.org for more information.

5. Share your son/daughter’s success story with us! The more we can help our members shine, the more businesses will believe that this mission is possible.

Thank You Ready 2 Work Employment Partners!