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Assisting individuals to obtain their maximum vocational potential in a work environment and to improve their personal, social, academic, and civic skills

Note: Starting in 2016, Our Work Activity Service will be transitioning to a new service called Employment, Media & Community Connections (EMCC). The new service will place a greater emphasis on community activities and work, but will also offer a variety of on-site opportunities. You can read news about the transition on our Work Activity Service Transition web page, and find out more about the new program on the EMCC web page.

Participants in the Work Activity Services may work on a variety of jobs provided through contracts with the business community. In addition, participants engage in non-paid training, geared toward job preparation and placement, vocational interests, and community or social awareness. Program participants also receive academic enrichment through local adult education and community college staff at most Hope Services Work Activity Services sites.

The Work Activity Service may be a starting point for individuals who want full-time employment.  As their skills improve, program participants may be referred to Hope Services’ Community Employment Services for a job in their community with on-the-job support from Hope staff.

Types of Jobs

Participants in the Work Activity Services receive paid work training in various jobs, including:

  • Packaging, Assembly and Disassembly
  • Bagging and Kitting
  • Secure Product Disassembly
  • Labeling
  • Mail Services

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Referral Process

If you receive services from a Regional Center: Ask your Regional Center Coordinator to provide Hope Services with a referral packet and authorize funding to the Work Activity Services

If you participate in a Work Activity Service and want a community-based job: Contact your Hope Services staff and they will help coordinate the referral with the California State Department of Rehabilitation and your Regional Center Services Coordinator


Transportation to and from the Work Activity Services is typically arranged and funded through the San Andreas Regional Center.

Carissa - Work Activity Services

Carissa started at Hope in 2007. She has held two outside job positions, both of which ended due to site closures. She’s been at Hope’s Work Activity Services since 2010.
Carissa loves to learn new skills. She used to be shy, but volunteering at a local senior center has shown her just how much she enjoys interacting with people. She loves working, because it gives her more independence and connects her with her community. If she finishes her own work early, she likes to help other people with their work. Her goal is to move out and live on her own!