Employment Services in Okanogan County, WA
Northwest Center, ever looking to expand the mission, found an opportunity to provide services in Okanogan County in early 2016. The Spokane division of Northwest Center Employment Services acquired provider status for Okanogan County and opened a satellite office on April 1, 2016 in Omak, WA. Maintaining the staff and customers of the previous provider, Northwest Center was able to make a seamless transition into Okanogan County.
Staff from the Omak office work with customers in primarily Okanogan county. Okanogan County is the largest county in land area in Washington State and is bigger in land area than three States. It has an estimated population of almost 42,000 residents. Our customers live and work from as far north as Oroville and Tonasket, east to Grand Coulee, south to Brewster and Bridgeport, and west in Twisp and Winthrop. Staff also serve customers who work in Manson in Chelan County at one of the enterprises of the Colville Confederated Tribe. Read our latest blog post: Achieving the "Triple Win."
Currently, Northwest Center serves customers referred from the Department of Disabilities Administration for employment services. Customers in this program are assisted in seeking and keeping competitive employment by our job developers and job coaches. Some of our clients who we serve have been in Individual Supported Employment for over 10 years. Northwest Center in Omak also provides Community Access opportunities for clients with the goal of assisting customers to be included in their community. Clients are introduced to community activities and individuals with whom they can interact who are not paid to be with them. DDA works in conjunction with Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, which also oversees and audits Northwest Center’s services.
Northwest Center also receives referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for a variety of opportunities to assist folks with their initial start, or return into the work force. These include: Community Based Assessments, Trial Work Assessments, Job Placement Service, Retention and Intensive Training, as well as Independent Living Services.
We also receive referrals from Omak and Okanogan School Districts for our School-to-Work program. Northwest Center places these students in work situations and ideally in paid employment while working on a variety of pre-employment skills with them; keeping foremost the goal of obtaining employment for these students once they have left school.
Northwest Center Community Business Partners
Omak Inn, Omak
Rite Aid, Omak
North Valley Hospital, Tonasket
Grant’s Market, Tonasket
Okanogan Public Works, Transfer Station
North 40 Outfitters, Omak
Brewster Drug, Brewster
Evergreen IGA, Winthrop
Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, Omak
Pizza Hut, Omak
Dairy Queen, Omak
Best Western Peppertree, Omak
Home Depot, Omak
Akins Harvest Foods, Oroville
Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, Omak
Brewster Subway, Brewster
Mill Bay Casino, Manson
12 Tribes Casino and Resort, Omak
FEATURED BLOG POST:
Employment Services in Okanogan County, WA - Achieving the “Triple Win.”
Recently Job Developers in the Omak office adopted a new team motto. Developers are out to achieve the “Triple Win” where job seekers, employers, and the job developer all hit the tape at the end of the race at the same time. [READ MORE]
CARF has accredited Northwest Center for its Employment Services.