People with Potential

Potential Employers:

Full Life has a large talent pool of well qualified job candidates representing a diverse skill set. All of our candidates are motivated, dependable, and hard-working. Each candidate is carefully matched to your employment opportunities. In addition to on-going coaching from Full Life, tax credits and on-the-job training, flexible part-time employees add to your company’s savings and bottom line.

Potential Employees:

We recommend that individuals who are interested in joining the workforce start with the Discovery process which is a state funded program that allows individuals to explore and discover their own unique interests and talents. Our Discovery team will work with an individual through this process to determine training, funding and the next steps needed to make the work process a seamless experience. Many of our discovery graduates go on to vocational rehabilitation, small group employment and/or individual placement in the community. If you are a candidate seeking job development or a business looking to partner with us, please email us with your phone number and we will call you back with information about our personalized job development services. Please feel free to contact Rachel Bloom at 503-341-4352 or email at
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Finding the perfect job can be challenging for anyone, especially when one may not have the opportunity to explore the community independently or know how to find a job. We like to start by finding out what a person is passionate about and go from there. The Discovery process is a government funded program for individuals with developmental disabilities designed to find out “who a person is” in order to help inform one’s career development path. During the process, one of our certified Discovery team members will meet with an individual within a 3 month period at their home, in the community and in different work environments. Through interviews, job shadowing and hands on experience, this process reveals an individuals strengths along with the supports needed for each individual to not only succeed but thrive in a work environment.

We tailor the Discovery process to meet the needs of each individual, exploring job scenarios based on a participants interests. In the end a Discovery profile is created that showcases their emerging talents and themes in order to steer them toward the perfect job scenario.

“I loved Discovery! It was super fun hanging out with my Discovery Specialist. I loved going to the plant nursery because it made me realize that I love being outdoors, and that I would like to work at a nursery one day. I learned a lot about every place we visited and everything we did together. I had an awesome time in Discovery!”


-Colt Allen


I wanted to write to tell you again how much we appreciated your efforts in taking us and Matthew through the discovery process.  From our first meeting where you took avid notes on Matthew’s passing skill levels across environments and focusing in on his interests, hobbies, talents and deficits, we saw how you narrowed your focus on areas where Matthew would have the greatest chance of success.  We greatly appreciated you asking us about specific places to investigate where his skills would match the job/location/business.  It was informative and fun as well as having or ideal outcome met for Matthew.

Thank you for all your hard work on our son’s behalf.

Jim and Tabitha Orth

Vocational Rehabilitation

VR is a statewide resource for people with disabilities and is part of the Department of Human Services. Full Life partners with VR to assist individuals with disabilities in getting and keeping a job that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR services are individualized, to ensure that each person who is determined eligible for their support receives services that are essential to their employment success.​


Full Life is contracted with the State of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Services. As part of this contract we perform Community-Based Assessments on job candidates. These assessments are an opportunity for Full Life to watch a potential employee at work in the community and to observe his or her job skills, strengths, weaknesses, and what, if any, supports the individual may need to be successful on the job. A report is then provided to Vocational Rehabilitation so that a career “road map” can be established.

Assessments provide your company with a hard-working employee accompanied by an on-site job coach for 20 hours, at no cost. Your business is not in any way obligated to hire the individual, but after meeting them and seeing what they are capable of, you might want to!

Small Group Employment

With our small group employment program we provide job training and full time on site job coaching. Job coaches are available at the work site to ensure that our clients are fully supported in their work environment. This program gives people the opportunity to build their skill set and acclimate to the work environment along with their peers at a comfortable pace. Our goal is to support our individuals in a small group setting until they have developed the necessary skills to independently work in an integrated work setting.

Individual Placement

Individual placement is for folks that have already developed the skills needed to succeed in a job with minimal support. Some of our individuals will work in a small group environment and move into individual placement after the job has become familiar and daily monitoring and job coach supervision is no longer needed. The transition is gradual with onsite visits from job coaches over a scheduled period of time. Our job developers can also carve out jobs in the community for individuals that have work history and do not need the support from small group employment. We have successfully placed individuals in many different job fields including retail, janitorial, food service, assembly and more.