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The Iroquois Supported Employment Program (ISEP) began in 1985 with the goal of moving people with disabilities from unemployment or segregated employment to employment in the community at competitive wages. The Director of Supported Employment, Job Developer, and Job Coaches help people find and keep community jobs.

People receive job development, placement, work setting training, advocacy, ongoing assessment, and follow-up support services based on their individual needs, abilities, and interests. The support of an on site job coach is provided, as needed, to assist the employee in attaining success at the community integrated work site. Economic independence and social inclusion are primary results attained from this program.

The Workers Unlimited Club meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The goals of the Workers Unlimited Club include: increasing the awareness of employment options and the community integrated employment skills of members; increasing leadership and self advocacy skills of its members; increasing job experiences and employment opportunities of its members; community service; and, increasing the awareness of potential employers of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.

The program not only has obvious benefits for the people it supports but also provides numerous benefits to employers and local communities. Employer benefits are: pre-screened applicants; less employee turnover and absenteeism; systematic evaluation of employee performance; reliable workers; on-site training; long term supports for workers; support for employers; advertising cost savings; employee diversity; tax credits; and, increased business from the disability community.

The program currently supports 60 people at a variety of sites throughout Iroquois County. Below is a list of some of the many businesses and individuals who currently provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities through our supported employment program:


Funding for Supported Employment provided in part by:

United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties

Cissna Park
Grace Bible Church
Cissna Park Co-Op
Immanuel Lutheran Church
Koester’s Plumbing and Heating
Luke’s Laundromat


East Lynn
Greene Hardware and Welding

United Methodist Church



IMH Gilman Clinic

Pilot Travel Center

The Daily Journal

Citizens State Bank
Songbird Essentials

IMH Milford Clinic

U of I Extension Office

Township Buildings

The Arc of Iroquois County
McCullough Implement Company
The Times Republic
A Cut Above
Options for Independent Living
Gary's Barber Shop

Spenn, Johnson and Thompson

Torbet Residence


Kaufman Residence




700 East Elm Street
Watseka, IL 60970
(815) 432-5288


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