Through vocational services, Hattie Larlham provides meaningful employment and training to people with developmental disabilities in Northeast Ohio. The centerpiece of Hattie Larlham’s vocational services are social enterprises that include Hattie’s Café & Gifts, Hattie’s Vending, Hattie’s Gardens and Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding.
The people with developmental disabilities Hattie Larlham employs through its vocational services earn minimum wage. They receive the vocational training, job coaching and guidance they need to succeed in the workplace. These vocational services go beyond task-oriented employment and provide a positive mentoring environment.
Hattie Larlham operates several coffee shops called Hattie’s Café & Gifts. The cafés provide employment and vocational training to people with developmental disabilities. The cafés offer customers fair trade coffee, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and gifts. The café also sells gift baskets in the stores and online.
Hattie's Doggie Day Care & Boarding is a cage-free pet boarding operation that provides employment to people with developmental disabilities interested in a career in animal care. The vocational enterprise provides customers with day and overnight care for their dog while they are away from home. The organization also provides dog grooming.
Hattie's Vending services nearly 100 vending machines in the Akron, Ohio, area. Employees are responsible for stocking and maintaining the machines on a regular schedule.
Hattie's Gardens is a sustainable agriculture enterprise and vocational services program for adults with developmental disabilities. Through training and guidance, employees learn about cultivating and harvesting crops and the importance of a healthy diet.
Hattie's Catering from Hattie's Cafe & Gifts caters personal parties and business meetings in the greater Akron, Ohio, area.
Hattie's Assembly is a Hattie Larlham vocational services program for adults with developmental disabilities. The program focuses on developing coordination, fine motor and communication skills.
Hattie Larlham offers two supported employment options to accommodate people with developmental disabilities during the employment process.
Hattie Larlham partners with Norhteast Ohio companies and organizations to help adults with developmental disabilities find, obtain and keep steady employment. Through these collaborations, Hattie Larlham works with job-seeking adults with developmental disabilities to determine the type of job they want, provide guidance to find a job tailored to their skill set, manage challenges while on the job and receive job training. These vocational services are developed with the Bureau of Vocational Services.
Hattie Larlham offers independent follow-along vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities who already have steady employment.
Hattie Larlham employment planning services and organizational employment services programs are CARF accredited.
Dotty Grexa, vice president, vocational and enterprise services, joined the Hattie Larlham executive team in Oct. 2007. Prior to her promotion, Grexa served as a Hattie Larlham consultant, where she developed and implemented...