Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I WORK AT PROGRESS?
We believe everyone has a right to work, even if you have an Intellectual or Developmental Disability such as Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Brain Injury.
CAN PEOPLE WORK PART-TIME AT PROGRESS?
While most people come to Progress weekdays from 9am-3pm, everyone's experience is individual. Some people choose part-time schedules, such as those who participate in our Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) area.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE?
The minimum age is 18, about the time most people complete Special Education at their school. We can make arrangements for students to visit or try-out Progress as they transition out of school.
WHO PAYS FOR PROGRESS?
Services are paid for by a combination of State (Minnesota), Federal and County funds. Your county social worker can tell you if you qualify.
WHO RUNS PROGRESS?
Progress is a private, non-profit with a 9 person Board of Directors. We are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and work closely with the county social service agencies. We also follow rules made by the Department of Labor to determine fair pay for workers who earn piece-rate or special minimum wages.
WHAT IF I NEED HELP?
Progress has trained staff to help you learn new things and to help you with things that might be difficult for you. The staff will look out for your health and safety.
WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO WORK A LOT?
Progress offers a variety of activities, either working in the community or on-site, as well as other types of training. Some people decide not to work at all because of age or medical issues. Your social worker will help design your plan.
ARE THERE OPENINGS?
Progress has openings in all of our locations. Contact us if you are interested in setting up a tour.