Gesher Invests in Future Direct Care Workers with Paid Apprenticeship
Gesher Human Services will begin offering paid, on-the-job training for local residents who would like to start a human service career in working with people with disabilities. Gesher was previously called JVS Human Services before it merged with another nonprofit organization called Kadima in 2022.
The Gesher Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship program will provide unemployed and underemployed individuals with on-the-job training and 155 hours of related technical instruction to earn a nationally recognized Journeyperson Direct Support Specialist Credential. Apprentices will be matched with a journeyperson at Gesher who will provide training, support and mentoring to the apprentice.
Direct care work at the nonprofit organization could include working in residential homes with people living with mental illness or other disabilities, or providing job support to Metro Detroiters living with intellectual and other disabilities who are employed at work sites in the community.