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G.E.A.R.S. Program: Gain Employment and Retention Skills

ViaQuest Day Services was established to address the day programming and vocational needs of adults with developmental disabilities who enjoy community integration, have retired or would prefer a combination of vocational and adult day services based on team assessment and choice of the individual served.

The G.E.A.R.S. program is a new program for ViaQuest Day Services. It is a partnership between two ViaQuest Companies- ViaQuest Day Services and ViaQuest Employment Services. The G.E.A.R.S. program is for any individual with a Level One or Individual Options Waiver. This program provides the opportunity to work with professional job coaches to further each participant’s personal progress toward gainful employment, while continuing to actively engage in meaningful adult social and recreational activities.

Participants within the G.E.A.R.S. program will benefit from…

  • One hour of individualized employment training, per week, with a ViaQuest Employment Services Job Coach focusing on job readiness, career exploration, job development and interviewing.


  • Participating in monthly group sessions that focus on real world employment scenarios including guest speakers from local ViaQuest Employment Partners and touring ViaQuest Employment Partners business operations.


  • Participating in potential training and internship opportunities within the ViaQuest Employment Services Partner Network.


  • Continuation of the participant’s daily adult education and recreation through ViaQuest Day Services.


  • Regular reports and assessment to ensure each person is making progress toward their employment goals.


The expected outcome for each participant within the G.E.A.R.S. program is to secure gainful employment as a result of the services provided within the program. Each participant’s obtainment of that outcome is determined upon their level of commitment to attending each individual and group session, as well as their participation in the social and recreational activities.

To learn more about the G.E.A.R.S. program and other ViaQuest Day programs visit