Hands For Hire
Hands For Hire is a program of WOW In-Sync, Inc. that offers Community Access services for adults who are not immediately seeking a time limited employment program. HFH supports a diverse participant base in a variety of services, which also include prevocational training and supported employment.
The program is built around a person centered philosophy that emphasizes connecting each individual it serves with his or her surrounding community. By offering a diverse selection of specialty programming, including clubs and one on one training, Hands For Hire finds unique ways to meet the needs of its participants.
- Serves just over 100 adults at two locations (DeKalb and Fayette County, GA)
- Serves adults funded through the NOW and COMP waivers, as well as State Grant in Aid
- Services offered between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM (2:30 on Wednesdays) Monday through Friday. Weekend and after hours services are scheduled with advance notice to individuals and families.
- Employs a diverse, creative, and energetic staff to act as leaders for the people they serve. Direct support staff members are first aid and CPR certified.
- Maintains a robust daily community schedule, with emphasis on maximizing each individual’s time and activities out in the community
- Builds relationships with community mentors and volunteers who participate in training, education, creative activities, and more.
Customized Plans and Supports
Hands For Hire emphasizes community access services, in order to promote lifelong learning, exposure to community offerings and events, life skills training, along with a component of prevocational training.
Some individuals may choose an increased emphasis on prevocational training while maintaining a solid focus on community access services. Others still may opt for increased work prepardeness and volunteer opportunities in order to build an individualized work plan geared towards job inclusion in the community. No matter the specific focus or emphasis of an individual’s supports, HFH works hard to develop a full circle of supports and to help all who participate achieve increased effectiveness in their local communities.
Clubs and Community Mentors:
HFH offers clubs as a way of increasing choices for participants in certain special topics. Clubs facilitate more opportunities for participants to visit their community. In addition to spending more time in the community, the clubs provide chances for more interaction with various community members and more chances for each individual to be actively involved. Hands For Hire’s clubs include: Book Club, Bowling Club, Career Club, Cooking Club, Dog Club, Music Club, PE Club, Sports Fan Club.
Community Mentors are local and regional professionals, experts, and volunteers in a variety of fields and topics who assist with specialized training and activities, including clubs. These mentors enable a more personalized connection to the community and increased chances for hands on access, both at WOW and out and about in the local area.
Hands For Hire is in the process of further growing its mentor pool, and offering opportunities for participants to enjoy both one on one and group sessions with the mentors of their choosing, both as a part of club activities and other unique supports which are in development.
Furthermore, connection with mentors allows for increased customization in scheduling and locations, depending on topics of training and/or types of activities. These may include visits to local non-profits, local business, sporting events, cultural and artistic festivals or exhibitions, concerts and performances, targeted retail settings, and much more. Check back soon for lots more about upcoming programming offerings from WOW In-Sync!
Outings are available during primary hours of business operations as well as late afternoons following regular service hours and on Saturdays, depending on personal schedules. In these instances, mentors provide personal transportation for participants, which often increases the options of community locations for training, as well as enabling participants to access their immediate communities surrounding their places of residence.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t see your question below, please feel free to contact us at your convenience.
Q: Is HFH a Staffing agency?
A: No, in short. We serve adults with developmental disabilities in order to support them in achieving success in their communities. Although we do assist in job placements for both HFH and Simply Biz participants, we do not provide traditional staffing services for the general public.
Q: How can I apply, or how can a family member attend HFH?
A: Please be sure to apply for Georgia Medicaid Waiver Services through the Department of Community Health…Hands For Hire participants are generally funded through Medicaid, unless a family does not qualify and opts for self pay. To maintain efficient intake services, we do not publish online applications. You may contact our offices at 770-939-1100 to discuss the application process and schedule an appointment. We will help you to navigate funding resources and we are happy to answer any and all questions.
Q: Is HFH a sheltered workshop?
A: No! HFH offers community supports and offers a wide range of individualized service plan options that has each particpant on the go, engaged in a variety of activities, and spending many hours out in the community beyond our facility.
Q: I’d like to volunteer my time/expertise, how do I get involved?
A: Be sure to click the “Get Connected” link in our top menu for many ideas as to how you can be involved. And please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas!
Recent HFH News:
Have you seen the news? Karen Lynn, WOW President, was just named as the Georgia representative for Money Magazine’s 50 heroes, 50 States issue! We’re so excited to share this announcement with the world. It’s hard to imagine a more deserving candidate. Please take a moment to learn more about Karen and the men and women selected as representatives from other states. And of course, don’t forget to spread the word and share! Here’s the link: http://time.com/money/2907129/georgia/ To introduce this series, Money Magazine offers this overview: “Throughout the U.S., people are making extraordinary efforts to improve the personal finances of others. Meet some of those unsung MONEY heroes on this cross-country goodwill tour.What does it take to be a MONEY hero? Here’s what it takes: hard work, a little financial savvy, and a lot of desire to help others. MONEY started giving a shout-out to folks who fit that bill in 2012, and this year we’re on a mission of our own: proving heroes are everywhere, doing creative and extraordinary work. We sought out a hero from each state and the District of Columbia, taking nominations from past honorees, leaders of nonprofit groups, community-service coordinators at for-profit firms, and you, our readers.” WOW In-Sync prides itself on being an active, dynamic cross section of the community, one that boasts a supportive, empowering atmosphere. We are thankful for the supportive and forward-minded environment that Karen has facilitated here at WOW, and we’re glad to see that she is being recognized for her tireless and selfless efforts. A resounding congratulations from your colleagues, friends, and families,...read more
This past winter, WOW In-Sync was thrilled to receive a grant from the Richard C. Munroe Foundation of Atlanta, GA, for the purposes of acquiring iPad tablets for use in our mobile information management system. We’d like to express our gratitude and appreciation for their generous contribution. The purchase of new iPads enable WOW to “activate” additional staff members for mobile timekeeping, progress tracking, and information access. Staff using iPads also enjoy immediate access to any key health and safety information. They can record data and make brief on the spot notes as an individual works or trains in order to better capture progress indicative of participants’ growth and personal development. Our custom designed web-based information database is tailored towards the work we do at WOW In-Sync and operates seamlessly from our office desktops to mobile tablets, meaning that no matter where our staff travels, they are always “plugged in.” [slickr-flickr tag="iPads" items="3"] As a part of our long term endeavors to move towards entirely community based supports which utilize mobile information access and management, as well as paperless documentation, tablets are a key to our success. The utilization of such technology improves efficiency and effectiveness of both personal supports and organizational operations. “This technology grant has allowed us to put more information in the hands of our staff to ensure they have what they need to provide the best possible supports for our participants – wherever they may be. Furthermore, improvements in efficiency and effectiveness help us to make the most out of every dollar we receive from our funding sources. We are thankful to the RCM foundation for helping to make this possible.” -Robbie...read more
On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, A group of five staff members and twenty-three participants from WOW In-Sync visited Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta to attend a live Taping of WWE Smackdown, one of WWE’s weekly telecasts. Professional Wrestling ranks among the most popular forms of entertainment for our participants; our staff was excited to make this opportunity possible. Needless to say, the enthusiasm for this outing was through the roof. Our teams did not leave disappointed. The group used the Marta train system to travel to the event, which served as an important learning experience for first-time riders. Staff addressed safety concerns and key components of public rail travel. Upon reaching Phillips Arena, our participants and staff split into smaller groups and settled in to enjoy the experience. WWE certainly delivers when it comes to action; our group stayed for the duration of the event and enjoyed well over 3 hours of live professional wrestling. Stars present included Randy Orton, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, and the Big Show. Bringing such a large group to a three hour event in a crowded arena through public transport is no small task. Staff volunteered their time after their regular work days to deliver this exciting experience for nearly two dozen wrestling fans. In addition to coordinating transportation and carefully supervising all potential safety concerns, our staff diligently pursued and secured donated tickets from WWE. WWE deserves special recognition for offering these complimentary tickets to excited wrestling fans. Most of all, the event put a smile on the faces of our WOW participants. The excitement was certainly palpable, and their rave reviews are proof of a rousing success. “I was excited to see John Cena and Big Show. I cheered for them. We had a lot of fun riding the Marta train. John Cena went for the title. I like seeing the big lights and cheering for Kofi Kingston” -Philemon, WOW Participant “I liked watching John Cena. He got an injury on his arms but he still won. Randy Orton was there and I got to see him and Big Show wrestle.” -Joyel, WOW Participant We look forward to working with our participants to promote continued community involvement, attendance, and...read more
November 7th, 2013: WOW In-Sync would like to thank Doreen Jivens and everyone at Wells Fargo of Tucker, GA for their generous contribution as a part of the “Days of Giving” campaign. This marks the second year in a row that Wells Fargo has contributed to WOW during the build up to Georgia Gives Day, and we are grateful for their show of support and belief in our vision and mission. WOW Employment Specialist Raquel Smith (pictured, right) was honored to accept the $1,000 award. We are committed to using all contributions in order to work tirelessly on behalf of the men and women that we support. Furthermore, you too can get involved in the “Days of Giving Campaign” as well. The campaign is carried out in conjunction with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ “Georgia Gives Day”. Many exceptional GA non-profits participate in what is known as a “flashmob of giving.” This year, Georgia Gives Day is Wednesday, November 13th. Support WOW by donating or sharing this link: https://gagivesday.org/c/GGD/a/wowinsync We hope to have your support on 11/13/13. Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter!...read more