Hundreds if not thousands of help wanted signs around Minnesota and bubbling up online could be a job options boon for people with disabilities, but there’s one underlying problem, staff support to get and keep them there.
In the Twin Cities exurbs of Princeton and Milaca, disability job coaches are at their limit with community employment sites, and there’s an ongoing waiting list of people looking for work, explains Rod Peltoma, executive director of Mille Lacs County Area DAC.
“We have needed to turn down work because we do not have enough resources to meet the need. Finding staff is our biggest challenge.”
Photo: Productive Alternatives supporting clients at a community job site.