Vocational Services

Sherwood supports high school students and adults with disabilities who are interested in seeking employment and support them every step of the way during the hiring process. Sherwood strives not only to place people in jobs, but to ensure they are in jobs they love. Sherwood believes that every individual with a disability should have an opportunity for meaningful employment that uses their abilities to the highest level and offers a competitive wage. A job leads to increased economic independence, community integration and greater self-worth. 

For the individual:
Sherwood assists with the job search, seek employers, assess and train adults, and provide support for a smooth transition into the workplace. Employment specialists first assess the individual’s abilities, career goals and interests and then work with employers to find a successful fit for their unique abilities and skill-set. Sherwood’s employment specialists provide ongoing coaching to the employee and employer to ensure long-term success. The ultimate goal would be for an individual to be independent in the work place, but Sherwood has the ability to provide  assistance as needed.

“My job coach, is awesome! She is helping me to become a great worker at Jamba Juice. She also helps me teach my co-workers how to treat me like an equal team member. I can do a lot when they believe in me, show me and let me try.”
– Jessica (Vocational Services Client) 

Independence and Inclusion

At Sherwood, we see firsthand not only the happiness a job can bring someone with disabilities, but a sense of independence and inclusion as well.

"Having a job that (Jessica) enjoys makes her feel like she belongs, she's needed, she's valuable, and she's contributing. You can see that is how she stands taller, her smiles gets bigger and you hear it in her voice when she's at work or talking about her job. Employment gives Jessica a sense of purpose and feeling grown up. She feels like a legitimate, independent working adult... because she is. THIS is the tangible result of supported employment that is a win-win for everyone."
– Joy (Vocational Services Parent)

Katie helping at Hand and Hand in Oak Harbor.

Devan receives his first paycheck at his new job at Wal-Mart.

For Businesses:

Sherwood knows that a more inclusive community is a stronger community. When an employer is invested in hiring people with disabilities they are saying yes to a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Sherwood employment specialists help match employers with qualified and eager job seekers. The goal is to find an employment opportunity that meets both the needs of the business and the individual. Our employment specialist will help with the training and on-boarding of their new employee. They also will help educate co-workers on effective communication skills specific to the employee. We continue to work with employers to ensure long-term success!

How your business benefits:

  • A more inclusive and diverse workplace

  • Improved employee morale

  • Longevity of employment

  • Dependable and driven employees

  • Posed community stature and customer loyalty

“Ellen is a joy to work with. It is great to see her growth and dedication to the job. She is a great member of the WM team.” 

-Leah Gauthier, Operations Specialist at Waste Management

Ellen standing in front of a Waste Management truck.

If you are interested in learning more about Vocational Services or hiring someone with a disability,

please contact Tania Scott, Director of Vocational Services.

Thank You to our Supported Employers

Prince of Peace

Lutheran Church






402 91st Avenue NE

Lake Stevens, WA 98258

Phone: (425) 334-4071

Fax: (425) 335-1894

Email: sherwood@sherwoodcs.org

Tax ID# 91-0762805

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