Headwaters Services and Programs

Services

New Virtual Service Offerings!

COVID-19 Learning Group
Description: This group is a place to learn all about the COVID-19 Crisis, while also being a support for people to connect with one another and do their part to help their communities while stopping the spread. Class/Group Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. This group will start on Tuesday the 28th of April and end on Tuesday May 26th. This is a closed group, meaning that you will need to sign up before the first class to participate.

Lunch and Learn
Description: This group’s purpose is to assist people in learning how to cook a healthy lunch that is easy and simple (no oven or stove required). A box of ingredients will be dropped off at each person’s home each week to ensure that everyone has the necessary foods. The instructor will give a step by step demonstration until everyone has finished preparing the meal. Once finished, all members will sit down and enjoy the meal while also learning about a topic. Topics will be chosen by group members with instructor’s guidance. Class/Group Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-1:00pm. This group starts on Wednesday the 22nd of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

Gentle Yoga and Mindfulness
Description: This group will work on gentle yoga techniques (mostly chair based) while also focusing on breathing and mindfulness. Members will get a little bit of exercise and range of motion, while also reducing stress levels. Through this group, members will learn coping and stress response skills that they can utilize outside of the group, too. Class/Group Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-10:30am. This group starts on Thursday the 23rd of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

Relaxation Through Arts and Crafts
Description: In this group, people will experience a variety of different art mediums and complete a project each week. Each craft project is intended for adults and will have a stress reduction aspect. Examples include: Mindfulness Jars, Mini Zen Gardens, and Stress Dough. Materials will be delivered to each person’s home on an ongoing basis. Class/Group Time: Fridays from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. This group starts on Friday the 24th of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

Music Appreciation and Talent Share
Description: Calling all musicians, aspiring musicians, and music buffs. This group is a place for people to connect and share their musical talents, while also exploring new types of music and resources on how to learn a new instrument or grow singing skills. Class/Group Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30pm-3:30pm. This group starts on Wednesday the 22nd of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

Games to Strengthen Knowledge and Exercise the Mind
Description: This group will try a variety of virtual games that both teach knowledge and exercise the mind. Gaming can be a great way to connect and build many essential skills like problem solving and teamwork. Class/Group Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm. This group starts on Thursday the 23rd of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

Current Events and Coffee
Description: With how quickly the times are changing, it is important for people to stay updated and connected to what is going on in the world around them. This group dives into current issues and discusses why they are important. Through this group, people will not only stay informed, they will also learn how they can help during these times and ways to advocate for the things that are important to them all while enjoying a cup of morning coffee. Class/Group Time: Fridays from 9:30am-10:30am. This group starts on Friday the 24th of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

What’s Happening in The World of Work
Description: In this group, people will connect and share ideas related to employment opportunities and skills. You will learn the types of things employers are looking for, resume pointers, interview tips, and essential skills to help you excel in your job. Both job seekers and people who are currently working are welcome to join. Class/Group Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am-10:30am. This group starts on Wednesday the 22nd of April. This is an open group, meaning you can enroll at any time.

  • Ashland Area Services
  • Community Living Residential Services
  • Day Services
  • Employment Services
  • Transition Services

Ashland Area Services

Since 2016, Headwaters has provided a variety of services throughout Ashland and Bayfield Counties. These services include:

Community Based Day Services

Headwaters,Inc. Community-Based Day Services supports people in a wide range of meaningful opportunities to address individual needs, goals,and interests. These services are designed to maximize a person’s ability to manage everyday life activities in their community. Through this program individuals grow to become more active members of their communities, and gain skills to help them find or keep employment.

Community Integrated Employment

We assist individuals in seeking employment and maintaining integrated employment in competitive community settings. This includes providing individually tailored and preference-based job development, training, and support to recognize each person’s employability and potential contributions to the labor market. Headwaters is also a contracted vendor with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide a variety of services.

Comprehensive Community Services (CCS)

This is a program for individuals of all ages who need ongoing services for a mental illness, substance use disorder, or a dual diagnosis beyond occasional outpatient care, but less than the intensive care provided in an inpatient setting. The individual works with a dedicated team of service providers to develop a treatment and recovery plan to meet the individual's unique needs and goals. The goal of this community-based approach is to promote better overall health and life satisfaction for the individual.

Community Living Residential Services

Headwaters, Inc. Community Living Residential Services provides support to people living in their own homes or apartments. Supports can range from 24/7 assistance to weekly drop-ins.

These services are designed to maximize a person’s ability to manage everyday life activities in their place of living. Through this program individuals grow to have more meaningful lives outside of their employment and day supports. Our community living services can help with:

Skill and Indepence Building

  • Personal Hygience and Health Skills
  • Safety Skills and Travel Training
  • Interpersonal Skills

Daily Living Skills

  • Cleaning
  • Home Upkeep
  • Kitchen Safety
  • Meal Planning
  • Cooking
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Money Management
  • Personal Medication Knowledge and Management

Community Connecting

Headwaters, Inc. strives to help the people we support to become as connected to their community as possible. We also want the people we support to be valued members of their community. To achieve this goal, we assist people in finding:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Social Clubs and Groups
  • Relationships with Others That Have Similar Interests

Day Services

These services are designed to maximize a person’s ability to manage everyday life activities in their community. People become involved in a wide range of opportunities planned by and for them to address individual needs, goals and interests. Through life skills coaching and personal connections, individuals grow to become more active members of their community.

Community Based Day Services

Headwaters, Inc. Community-Based Day Services supports people in a wide range of meaningful opportunities to address individual needs, goals, and interests. These services are designed to maximize a person’s ability to manage everyday life activities in their community. Through this program individuals grow to become more active members of their communities, and they gain skills to help them find or keep employment. Our Community Based Day Services help with:

Skill and Independence Building

  • Personal Hygiene and Health Skills
  • Safety Skills and Travel Training
  • Daily and Independent Living Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Skill Assessments

Career Exploration and Readiness

  • Job Interest Assessments
  • Internships
  • Information Interviews
  • Job Shadows
  • Job Tours
  • Resume Writing
  • Interview Preparation
  • Employment Skill Building

Community Connecting

Headwaters, Inc. strives to help the people we support to become as connected to their community as possible. We also want the people we support to be valued members of their community. To achieve this goal, we assist people in finding:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
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  • Relationships with Others Who Have Similar Interests

Employment Services

We assist individuals in seeking employment and maintaining integrated employment in competitive community settings. This includes providing individually tailored and preference-based job development, training, and support to recognize each person’s employability and potential contributions to the labor market. Headwaters is also a contracted vendor with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide a variety of services. Employment and training services include:

Job Development and Placement

Job Development and Placement is the process of assisting individuals in finding a community-based job that matches their skills and interests. Activities included in this process may include: - Assessments to determine job readiness, job interests, and job skills. - Assistance with resume development. - Contacting employers regarding potential jobs. - Interview preparation and support. - Initial on-the-job training support when hired.

Job Coaching

This service includes supporting individuals at their place of work to be successful at their job, and to become increasingly independent in their job duties and integrated into their work setting.

Skills to Pay the Bills

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to anyone with barriers to employment. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Pre-Vocational Training Services

Facility Based pre-vocational training services includes training in the development of soft skills and other work skills that lead to successful competitive employment in the community.

Work Services – provides a variety of jobs on our production floor that will develop the necessary work skills for competitive employment. Jobs include shredding, packaging, assembly, collating/mailing, quality control and janitorial.

Community Contracts – provide work experiences in the community in a group setting. This experience could include building and lawn maintenance, cleaning and janitorial, and working in our Rest Area Maintenance program.

F.O.C.U.S. Community Based Pre-Vocational Services

F.O.C.U.S. is a community-based prevocational (CBPV) program designed to assist individuals with increasing their knowledge of the skills needed for successful employment, and to help them learn and cultivate these skills. These services consist of seventeen different modules broken down into thirty-four sessions. These modules cover a multitude of topics and are designed to touch on every learning style. Built into these modules are business tours and other community-based hands on activities to enhance each person’s learning experience. Each module contains aspects that are focused on employment readiness, and include career discovery activities, local business tours, employer presentations, job shadowing and exploration, and informational interviews.

Transition Services

We assist students in transition from high school in seeking employment and maintaining integrated employment in competitive community settings. This includes providing individually tailored and preference-based job development, training, and support to recognize each person’s employability and potential contributions to the labor market. Headwaters is also a contracted vendor with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide a variety of services. Employment and training services include:

Student Work Based Learning and Placement

Job Development and Placement is the process of assisting individuals in finding a community-based job that matches their skills and interests. Activities included in this process may include: - Assessments to determine job readiness, job interests, and job skills. - Assistance with resume development. - Contacting employers regarding potential jobs. - Interview preparation and support. - Initial on-the-job training support when hired.

Job Coaching

This service includes supporting individuals at their place of work to be successful at their job, and to become increasingly independent in their job duties and integrated into their work setting.

Skills to Pay the Bills

"Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to anyone with barriers to employment. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.

Other Transition Services Include:

Project Search
  • "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success," is focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to anyone with barriers to employment. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
  • This Project Search is located at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, and our partners include area school districts, WI DVR (Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation), and long-term care funding agencies.
Jump! Start
  • An innovative approach to inclusive post-secondary education for transition students or lifelong learners. This includes academic, occupational, and special interest courses. Jump! Start is a partnership between Headwaters, Nicolet College, area school districts, and long-term care funding agencies.