Skill Building

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The Skill Building Program provides an array of services to adults with significant barriers to employment and functioning independently in their community.

The program emphasizes vocational training, community integration and personal independence. Services are designed to assist individuals with developing and strengthening their independent functioning in daily living, communication, socialization, work skills and productivity. Using a person-centered approach, a participant’s individual plan may include classroom training/activities, volunteer opportunities, community-based experiences, paid work in a variety of settings and supported community employment.

Services are designed to assist persons with functional limitations that may include: limited work experience or job skills, limited skills in reading or writing, limited skills necessary for effective social interaction and communication, limited coping skills, and difficulty attending to tasks. The Skill Building Program also serves persons who have limited visual, hearing, physical and/or mobility disabilities.


Contact Information

Detroit Location
Deneisha King
Manager, Skill Building Services
3111 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208
Phone: (313)557-8629

Westland Location
Susan Robinson
Director, Wayne County Employment & Training
Phone: (734) 467-6600
Fax: (735) 467-6633


Admission Requirements

Participants must:

1. Be a resident of Wayne County and no longer receiving special education
2. Be at least eighteen years of age with a Developmental Disability
3. Possess basic verbal, manual or assisted communication skills
4. Demonstrate the ability to independently perform basic self-care skills
5. Ability to function independently in a classroom or community based activity.
6. Have a means of transportation to and from Goodwill (transportation costs may be reimbursable)
7. Be able to mobilize within the 2-story building independently
8. Possess a willingness and interest in achieving goals and objectives leading to community placement.
9. Not display on-going patterns of behavior that require continual or repeated periods of separation from others, physical intervention or one-on-one supervision.

Skill Building is funded by Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency (DWCCMHA) and the Mangaged Comprehensive Provider Network