Reaching Independence through Skills & Employment (RISE)

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Program Overview

At Lethbridge Family Services, we believe employment is a fundamental human right with an important value in people’s lives. Employment can improve quality of life, mental health, social networks, and social inclusion.

Our Reaching Independence through Skills and Employment (RISE) program is a unique 10-month employment skills-centered program for adults with developmental disabilities. Participants will develop the necessary skills through in-class instruction and work-integrated learning to prepare for the transition to competitive and meaningful employment. 
RISE is recognized by the Government of Alberta as a Transitional Vocational Program. 

Program Benefits:


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Admission Requirements

Program Location: YMCA of Lethbridge, located at 140 - 74 Mauretania Rd. West, Lethbridge

Length of Program: 10 months

Program Start Date: September

Classroom Size: Apply early, as space is limited. Maximum of 20 participants.

Work Placements: Participants will pursue a wide variety of hands-on work opportunities within the community.


Program Schedule: 
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Financial Assistance: Funding may be available for eligible participants. 

How to Apply:

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Contact: Lynette Taal
Phone: 403-320-9119
Service Location: 1107 – 2 Ave. A  North, Lethbridge, AB 
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 
8:30 AM—3:30 PM 
Closed Statutory Holidays


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