Alternatives helps people find meaningful employment
where they live.
Alternatives helps people with a broad range of skills and abilities find successful employment. Through Bridges to Employment, we provide pre-employment evaluation, preparation, job matching job retention services.
Employment Specialists provide ongoing support to both the client and the employer to ensure success and satisfaction whether the client is learning job skills, seeking a job or working on maintaining employment.
Alternatives provides employment support services to the deaf and hard of hearing in seven counties throughout Central New Jersey. The services are offered through the Career Development Center located at 3 Route 27 in Edison, New Jersey.
Transition services for high school students and other youth are also available through Bridges to Employment. Young adults and their parents/guardians are provided information and guidance to make the transition from high school to adult life.
Assessments can be administered to identify skills and jobs well suited to the individual. Classes on job readiness and retention are offered in groups as well as on a 1:1 basis. The Bridges team can provide one-on-one career exploration, structured learning experiences, trial work experience, job placement , job coaching and job training services.
For more information contact Stefanie Rinaldi at (908) 685-1444 ext. 278 or .
“CARF accreditation signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.”
Our Services Include:
• School and Community-Based Transition
• Trial Work Experience
• Vocational Assessment and Job Readiness Training for job seekers with hearing loss
• Supported Employment
What Sets Us Apart?
At Bridges to Employment, we spend time getting to know each person before we pursue a job match. Knowledge is our tool to market each candidate to an employer and ensure success. In 2016, Alternatives received its fifth three-year CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation in Community Employment Services.
Bridges to Employment has created many relationships with employers, post-secondary schools and vocational training programs throughout Central New Jersey. Through these partnerships, many BTE work-based learning experiences have resulted in paid positions. We have established varied and unique work sites for the purposes of Structured Learning Experiences, Trial Work Experiences, Job Readiness Training and Supported Employment services. Our services are well received by our referral sources, which has led to successful expansion. Bridges to Employment has a continuum of services that allows the job seeker to stay with BTE throughout their journey from school to successful employment.