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DAY SERVICES - This program is designed to maximize an individual’s independent functioning in self-care, emotional growth, socialization, communication, and education in a non-residential setting. There is also a focus on community integration for participants to be involved in activities in the community on a regular basis. Included in the Day Services Program:

- Community Integration
- Life Skills/Independent Living
- Social, Emotional, and Personal Development
- Communication
- Sensory Stimulation Program

The Day Services Program provides support and training in practical activities such as: clothing care, personal grooming, shopping, socialization, community access, home maintenance, food preparation, academics, computer use, life safety, and daily living skills.

TRANSITION SERVICES - The Youth in Transition Program at Headwaters partners with school staff, human services case managers, and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist youth in transition to develop work and life skills, with the ultimate goal of improving post school outcomes.

There is specific focus on skill development that will improve a student's ability to obtain and maintain a job in the community, or to pursue post secondary education goals. This includes skill development in the areas of employability and soft skills, self-advocacy and decision making, and life skills.

Services also include in-depth assessment and discovery to determine possible career paths based on the students’ strengths and preferences. This may include job shadowing and work experiences, and internships to support students in exploring their career interests.

Through Headwaters' Transition Services, students will also participate in regular community experiences to help identify community settings for community-based activities that align with the students' interests.

In addition, Headwaters is a partner in the Jump!Start Program, along with Nicolet College and local school districts, to develop and provide transitional post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. These opportunities include classes at Nicolet College or at other community locations.


WORK SERVICES - This program provides a variety of jobs on our production floor that will develop the necessary work skills for competitive employment. Jobs include shredding, packaging, assembly, collating/mailing, quality control and janitorial. This program gives participants an opportunity to earn a paycheck while developing work skills that showcase their talents and abilities.


COMMUNITY CONTRACTS - This program provides work experience in the community in a group setting. This experience could include building and lawn maintenance, cleaning and working in our Rest Area Maintenance program.

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SERVICES - Individuals are assisted in seeking employment and maintaining integrated employment in competitive community settings. Includes individually tailored and preference based job development, training, and support to recognize each person’s employability and potential contributions to the labor market. It is assumed that funding from Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will be accessed for Initial Assessment and Job Development Services before other long-term care funding would be accessed. It is assumed that every effort will be made to fade job coaching to the least amount needed to ensure the supported employee is successful, and also fully integrated at his/her place of employment.

BENEFITS ANALYSIS - Benefits Analysis, Work Incentives Benefits Planning and Work Incentives Benefits Planning Follow-up are a set of services intended to assist persons with disabilities, who receive Social Security disability benefits and other public benefits, in negotiating benefit, entitlement, and economic assistance programs with issues relating to work and earnings.


JOB DEVELOPMENT AND PLACEMENT - Job Development and Placement is the process of assisting individuals in finding a community based job that matches their skills and interests. Activities included in this process may include: - Assessment processes to determine job readiness, job interests, and job skills. - Assistance with resume development. - Contacting employers regarding potential jobs. - Interview preparation and support. - Initial on-the-job training support when hired.


JOB COACHING - This service includes supporting individuals at their place of work to be successful at their job, and to become increasingly independent in their job duties and integrated into their work setting.


DVR - We work with the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation providing job experience and job coaching to find and maintain a community job.


- Al’s Furniture
- Bad Bones BBQ
- CCL Gardens
- Coffee Beans
- Corner of the Woods
- Dan’s Dog eared books
- Dandy Dog
- Days Inn Claridge
- Detail Pro’s
- East Side Auto
- Foster and Smith
- Golden Harvest
- Goodwill
- Kleenmark
- National Guard Armory
- Nicolet College
- Northland Music Center
- Oneida Village Inn
- Paws –N-Claws
- Phillip’s Café
- Rhinelander District Library
- Rhinelander Ice Arena
- Rusty Nail
- Snow River Products
- Sportsman’s Café
- St. Augustine’s Church
- Stifel Nicolaus
- Thunder lake Cranberry Marsh
- Trig’s
- Trig’s Smokehouse
- Tula’s
- Wal-Mart
- Wayne Nasi Construction
- Western Connection

And in the Florence and Marinette County Area:
- Appearance Plus
- Florence Library
- Goodman High School
- Marcoulliers
- Marinette Marine
- Maryhill Manor
- NWTC/ Job Center
- Pembine Food Depot
- Pembine/Dunbar/Beecher High School
- Precision Lumber
- Town of Armstrong Creek


BIRTH TO THREE - Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs Birth-To-Three Years of Age.

Birth to Three provides resources, supports, and services to meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers who have a delayed development or have a physical or mental condition which is likely to result in a delayed development.

Birth to Three also addresses family needs related to their child’s development.

The services are designed to be relationship-based, and they occur in natural environments using evidence-based practices.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES - We provide transportation on a daily basis, Monday through Friday, from Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties to our Rhinelander location.

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