Workforce Development Program




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 We are looking for volunteers to work with program participants.


In 2017 we worked with over


people to gain permanent, meaningful employment!

Program Need

Family members helping to support a loved one with a mental illness have told us time and again that if their loved one were employed, that individual would be supported in their recovery. Research supports the notion that stable employment is an important component of successful recovery for individuals with mental illness.

Employment Program Description

Our pilot Employment Program will prepare individuals with a mental illness for employment. Individuals will work with our Employment Specialist to determine their background in terms of education, skill sets, and other capabilities. The Employment Specialist, working with DuPage County employers will match individual participants to the employment area most suited to the participants’ goals, skills and preferences. Employment Specialists will place individuals in community employment and continue to provide support to program participants after placement.

NAMI DuPage plans to provide the opportunity for individuals to gain experience in six separate employment areas:

Phase One

  • Office Services
  • Print Shop
  • Hospitality/Coffee Shop

Phase Two

  • Janitorial
  • Horticultural/Garden/Greenhouse
  • Warehouse

Impact on Participants

  • Help people recover their lives
  • Early steps to increased recovery
  • Engagement in the community
  • Increases engagement of treatment
  • Enhanced social inclusion
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Enhanced income

Impact on Community

  • Reduction of homelessness
  • Reduction of hospital visits
  • Potential to save millions in disability & public assistance
  • Remove their dependence on the mental health system


For more information or to partner with us please contact:
Mark Dennison at (630) 752-0066 x 225