Employment Services

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Our goal through employment services is to match jobs with every individual who wants to work. Our job developers and job coaches work hard to ensure the success of both the individual and the employer: the individual by providing necessary supports; the employer by helping them meet their business goals through their employees.

Individuals served in Orange Grove day services are encouraged to consider employment as their first and best option. To that end, vocational options are discussed at least annually with each individual, and evaluations can be done any time to help assess strengths and areas of needed improvement. Orange Grove supports the individual seeking a job in various ways, including accompanying the individual to job fairs, accessing employment resources available in the community, and working with local employers to understand the benefits of hiring a diverse work force, and to identify and eliminate possible barriers to employment.

Have you ever bought a grout kit at Home Depot? Wondered who puts together Headlight Renew Doctor kits found in stores all across the country? Considered how many pens Gold Bond, Inc. in Hixson imprints every year? 

Some of the individuals we serve have been key partners in the success of those products!

For many years, we successfully  brought in jobs to Orange Grove  where individuals worked on  campus. Now, more and more,  individuals work at an employer's  work site, or at least in jobs where  they are engaged for a good part  of the day with people in the community.


meet AMY

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Amy Annerton started coming to the day program at Orange Grove in 2005 and soon moved into a residential home to gain independence. Her first job was at the Industrial Training Center where she worked on different jobs for companies like Gold Bond, Inc. Amy always wanted to have a "people-facing" job, but she struggled with anxiety, which held her back from thriving in work and the community. 

Through working and encouraging, Amy's overcome her anxiety and has transitioned well into new roles. She now works five days a week assisting customers at the DuPont Recycling drop off. Amy's work is extremely important to her. She loves her job helping customers unload the recyclables from their cars and hates when she has to miss work. 

Amy also loves community service like volunteering with the Ladies of Endurance #874 Order of the Eastern Stars and playing bingo with the elderly at a local nursing home. She attends Abba's House every Sunday with her housemates, where she participates in the "Sonshine" class before the service. 

In her free time she enjoys doing word finder puzzles, but she loves spending time with her nephews most of all. Orange Grove staff member, Felecia Wilson, uses an extensive list to describe Amy: "happy, funny, bubbly, great sense of humor, thoughtful, unforgettable, friendly, and fun to be around", and sums it up by saying "she'll make your day every day." 

Amy is a great representative of Orange Grove and embodies the mission to recognize, support, and celebrate the qualities of the individual.

Contact us to become an employment partner.

ticket to work program

Orange Grove is Chattanooga's only Ticket to Work Employment Network! 

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that supports career development for Social Security disability beneficiaries. The goal of the program is to help people with disabilities progress toward financial independence. 

Orange Grove's Ticket to Work program can help Social Security beneficiaries obtain services and resources they may need to find and maintain employment, while providing a safety net to help during the transition from disability check to paycheck. Orange Grove works with Vocational Rehabilitation to provide support for individuals whose cases have been closed. With the help of the Ticket to Work program, people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can take the next step toward work while maintaining their benefits.  

Click here for more information about the Ticket to Work program. To learn how Orange Grove can assist you, contact O'Dell Tiller at otiller@orangegrove.org or (423) 629-1451; ext. 2581.