The Sertoma Shop operates 2 types of programs designed to train
vocational and employment skills to adults with developmental disabilities. The
programs are Sheltered Workshop and Supported Employment. These programs were
designed to enable individuals with developmental disabilities an opportunity
to be productive members of the community and give them a sense of pride in
HOW DOES A SHELTERED WORKSHOP OPERATE?
A sheltered workshop is licensed to operate by the Federal
Government through the auspices of the U.S. Dept of Labor. A license governing
the operation of the S.H.O.P. and which imposes Federal standards of operation
is issued annually after the S.H.O.P. undergoes a rigorous review of all
policies, wage and hour records, and time study evaluation to make sure our
agency is conforming to the requirements for a sheltered facility.
As such, it may pay its workers based on their actual measured
productivity, which is often less than the minimum wage. It is assessed as a
percentage of the wage for any gainful activity via a time study of the various
mechanics of a specific job tasking. All records of time studies have to be
maintained in the workshop for review by the Dept. of Labor at any time. Also,
records of each client worker's production must be maintained daily and
retained for a minimum of six years.
WHO IS SERVED BY THE S.H.O.P.?
The S.H.O.P., which does not currently have a waiting list for
persons desiring sheltered employment, admits persons over 18 years of age who
are certified as having a developmental disability by competent medical
authority. S.H.O.P. programs range from pre-vocational to community employment.
Work contracts which are solicited by the S.H.O.P. staff are
serviced either at the S.H.O.P. or in the community at work sites or with work
crews and enclaves of workers with disabilities. For example, the S.H.O.P.
operates a Litter Crew which contracts with the state Dept of Transportation
(DOT) for picking up litter along area highways. Their workload is monitored by
the DOT for quality and quantity. Other enclaves of workers are located at Eastside
Emporium, a resale thrift store, at 1215 and 1217 S. Memorial
Drive. In addition, the S.H.O.P. operates a pickup and delivery service using
clients and staff who pick up donated goods and foodstuffs and redistribute
them to area agencies serving needy persons. Thus we are performing a valuable
community service while affording the opportunity for our workers to gain
valuable employment experiences while being seen as productive members of
Sertoma Shop major contract customers include Hilti, Love
Envelopes, Mill Creek Lumber, M & M Lumber, Quik Trip, Metal Services and a
host of other area firms, both large and small. The Sertoma Shop operates two
workshops, one in east Tulsa and one in Owasso. We also operate a cedar
shim-cedar manufacturing facility located at 222-B S. Memorial in Tulsa.
COMMUNITY INTEGRATED EMPLOYMENT
Communty Integrated Employment is supported employment and is
designed to assist clients in community employment outside the SHOP. Staff who
assist the clients are called Job Coaches. The Job Coaches in our program make
placements of workers with developmental disabilities in competitive
employment. The SERTOMA S.H.O.P. supported employment program has placed client
workers in community jobs since 1985 when the program began.
The enclave working at Eastside Emporium, is located at 1215 and
1217 S. Memorial Drive. The thrift store is designed to market donated items
for resale. The store opened in March 1998 and later expanded to offer more
merchandise for sale.
Although community employment is not appropriate for all workers
with disabilities, the S.H.O.P. is proud to have had a part in helping make it
a reality for those who have demonstrated that they can function well in