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Supported Employment

Independence often means employment. Our supported employment program connects individuals with career paths that suit their abilities, talents and interests. We set people up for success. REACH coaches work with employers and provide on-the-job support and training to individuals. For more information on supported employment, please call 907-586-8228 and ask for the Supported Employment Director, Laurel Stafford.

Employer Services


As an employer, we know how difficult it can be to find the right person. There are people in our community who would be proud to work for you. They’ll bring a special kind of pride and enthusiasm that makes the workplace brighter. People with disabilities want to work, it’s REACH’s job to help. Our services are free to employers. We will help you find a qualified employee, provide job coaching, training and support.


Hiring people with disabilities has many benefits. You’ll have a more diverse staff, decreased labor costs and tax savings through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. Please help us give people with disabilities a chance to gain independence and contribute to our community. We can walk you through the steps, answer questions and dispel myths.

Employers We Work With

  • Fred Meyer 

  • Starbucks 

  • Safeway 

  • Office Max 

  • Holland America Princess 

  • Goldbelt Industries 

  • DIPAC 

  • Costco 

  • JoAnn Fabrics  

  • Subway 

  • Foodland 

  • World Wide Movers 

  • Rainbow Foods 

  • Coppa 

  • IGA 

  • The University of Alaska SE

  • Cruise Line Agencies Of Alaska

  • Juneau Self Storage

  • Southeast Alaska Independent Living

  • Sacred Grounds

  • Bartlett Regional Hospital 

  • Tlingit & Haida Head Start

  • Nugget Alaskan Outfitter

Employment Services  

Do you have a disability and want to work? REACH can help.

We believe that everyone—including individuals with disabilities—can benefit from employment. Your REACH employment specialist will work with you one-on-one, to find the right job for your talents, abilities and interests.

Finding a job can be exciting—and challenging. REACH provides all the training and support you need to overcome the obstacles so you can be successful in your new job.

We’ll help you:

  • Find a job that matches your talents and interests

  • Get to know your employer

  • Meet your coworkers

  • Understand the workplace culture

  • Learn your job duties in a way that makes sense to you

  • Feel comfortable and succeed in your position

Your employment specialist is focused on one thing: helping you succeed in your job. They will be available every step of the way: checking in regularly, visiting you at your job site, and helping you to learn new tasks or resolve problems that may come up.

  1. Discovery – Meet your Employment Specialist, who will help you:

    • Identify your needs, abilities and interests

    • Discover your skills through a variety of tasks

    • Explore your interests through volunteer opportunities, job tours or job shadowing

    • Work with you to prepare your resume or employment applications and develop job interview skills

  2. Job Development – Your Employment Specialist:

    • Partners with local businesses to match a job to your skills, interests and goals

    • Brings you and the employer together for an interview

    • Helps you to decide whether to accept or reject the employment offer and negotiate the hours you work and how much you are paid.

  3. Training and Support 

    • While you work on mastering your new job, we provide on-the-job training and support for you, your co-workers and your circle of support.

  4. Job Retention – Your Employment Specialist will:

    • Support you through job coaching

    • Advocate for you through any problems with your employer

    • Check in as needed to ensure continued success

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