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We offer a variety of supports and services in your community where you will benefit from participating in activites that you choose. These services include:

Supports Coordination

We provide a full array of required supports coordination services and the delivery of person-centered planning for coordination1persons with a wide array of disabilities in varied work and residential situations.

Our Supports Coordinators establish a close relationship with you, your family, care providers, and natural supports (friends, neighbors, etc.) and respond as appropriate to changes in your life.

We work with you to ensure the responsible delivery of service and goals along with family and others.

We are experienced and able to complete all of the assessments required by the MCPNs, Michigan Comprehensive Provider Networks. Our own Person Centered Profile has been commended by auditing bodies for its comprehensiveness and its focus on the person.

Your goals are developed and written according to your desires, wishes, health, safety, needs, and strengths.
Here are some of the ways we can help you:
coordination2Assisting in all matters of entitlements, such as Social Security, Medicaid, SSI, Medicare, Home Help Services, Section 8 housing, food stamps, wage records, spend-down, medical determinations, applications, and appeals.

Linking you with residential, social, recreational, respite, senior, transportation, medical, dental, and religious services.

Supports Coordinators understand and will assist you with employment, including self employment, individual job placement, group employment, and our own Resource Center based employment.

Emergency Supports Coordination is available after regular business hours. Call 734.718.1416.

Do you want a change from the traditional approach to services? Do you want to make your life more meaningful? Do you want to have a choice about where you live, who you live with, who your staff are, and where you want to work? If yes, then learn more about self-determination!

We will encourage and support you to take responsibility, to take charge of your life, and to develop activities and friends in your community.

If you feel that a self-determined life is what you want then let your Supports Coordinator know. It all begins with your Person Centered plan while working closely with your MCPN, supports coordinator, family, and others.

Senior Reach

Senior Reach is a community program that identifies older adults who may need emotional or physical support and/or connection to community services. It is a simple way to help older adults get assistance before a serious crisis develops. Senior Reach requires strong partnership between agencies, businesses and community minded individuals.
Community Partners are crucial to Senior Reach. A Community Partner is a volunteer who is educated to observe behaviors that indicate an older adult may be in need of help. Community Partners contact our Referral Line at 1-844-202-9932 and our staff will contact the identified senior. If the older adult agrees, a member of the Senior Reach Team, either a Care Manager or Outreach Clinician, will do a home visit to determine what services are needed. Some older adults who need emotional support will be given the opportunity to have short term counseling provided by a Senior Reach Outreach Clinician.

Self Employment

Dream, Team, Plan, Act, Enjoy . . .
Self-employment is an alternative to having a job and working for someone else. Also known as micro-enterprise, it all starts with your dream. What is it that interests you, that you enjoy doing, an activity that brings joy to your life? Add a little open-minded thinking, creativity, innovation, hard work, a team of supporters, a business plan, and you earn money.

We will start from ground level and develop a business plan with selfemployment1you, assemble a support team, and look for the necessary resources. The support team will include you, family and care providers, friends, staff, and other resource persons in the community such as legal, accounting and finance, and other small business owners.

Your entitlements, SSI, SSDI, are effected differently by self-employment than if you have a job. SSDI has a more complicated set of policies and restrictions. There is no single solution – each person and business is unique. Disability benefits interact differently with self-employment planning and ongoing business activity and must be understood in order to apply them in your best interests.

We are actively seeking community resources and persons to help the teams with their business plans and other requirements to maintain a business. Please contact us with your questions and interest at volunteer@stepcentral.org.

Skills Training

skills1Skills training will provide you with many opportunities to learn right in your community, especially when preparing for employment. We offer many, exciting volunteer opportunities and keep adding more to meet your interests. We will help you learn what to do, how to dress, how to be safe, and more.

Most importantly, we want you to become job ready and know how to keep your job once you have started working. Mobility training and job coaching are other kinds of training available to you once you get your job.


Mobility Training

mobility1Mobility training is a practical and effective way to learn to get around, especially to and from your job. We will prepare you to travel to and from your destinations in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.

The type of transportation will be specific to your ability and circumstances and may include line haul, DDOT, SMART, small bus/curb to curb, or other means, such as walking and bicycling.

Services will be customized to your learning style and may include:

  • Assessment of travel skills
  • Determining the most efficient route
  • Development of a travel plan
  • Obtain and use of bus card and tickets


Practical on-the-street training that will mobility3address…

  • Time and distance relationships
  • Self-identifying information
  • Landmarks, colors, functional signs
  • Numbers, money, telephone, schedules/maps
  • Appropriate dress
  • Personal safety, dealing with strangers, soliciting aid, problem solving
  • Bus identification and procedures


Job Placement

job3Our focus is upon person-centered job development and satisfaction. Our consumers tell us they are very satisfied with our services. We will help you find a job which matches your interests and experience. Together we will determine your background, interests, abilities, preferences, and resources. We will help you develop an employment plan in which you will assume as much responsibility as possible.

Some of the things we will help you with include developing an employment plan, preparing your resume, job lead development, i.e., locating and contacting prospective employers, writing employment applications and cover letters, go with you to the interview if asked, find transportation, assist in obtaining a physical, TB or other tests, other as required by the employer, identifying and negotiating accommodations including job carving and assistive technology, referring and coordinating with employment related services, e.g., the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth – Michigan Rehabilitation Services.

We have a 35-year history of job development for persons with developmental disabilities in Wayne County.

We are accredited by CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation job1Commission, for Employment Services Coordination and for Job Development, Job-Site Training, and Job Supports in the Community Employment Services category.

We maintain a variety of contracted, supervised, community-based worksites affording opportunities for job trials, skills assessment, and ongoing employment in a group setting.

Our number one job is to find and create jobs for you.

We have helped to place hundreds of persons into community jobs. These persons are currently employed in retail, janitorial, food service, recycling, restaurants, hotels, animal care, retirement communities, child care, municipalities, assembly, non profits, and packaging.

We currently follow about 150 persons working in the community job2with employers that include Greenfield Village, Hyatt Regency, Kroger, Art Van Furniture, McDonalds, Meijer, Odyssey Electronics, Pizza Hut, Rite-Aid Pharmacy, Target, T.J, Maxx, V.A. Hospital, Fox Run, Henry Ford Village, and many more.

We will provide you with information about the effects your earnings will have upon entitlements, i.e., SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare, including a referral to WIPA, the Work Planning Incentives Planning and Assistance program.

Our experienced job coaches provide you with on site training and help in developing onsite relationships with people at your worksite. We have developed working relationships with our Michigan Works! offices, developing resumes, participating in training, and posting resumes on the Michigan Talent Bank.

Our longstanding working relationship with the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth – Michigan Rehabilitation Services will help to insure that you receive the best possible services available.


Employment Services

STEP has been helping employers find qualified, dependable employees for more than 30 years! We are dedicated to helping employers find qualified applicants for their job openings and will do everything we can to insure their success.

We can provide at no cost to you:

  • Skill assessment and training to meet your needs
  • Help to identify your employment needs
  • Technical assistance and training to help with employee retention and promotional opportunities.
  • On the job training through our Tried and True thrift stores, at your location, or at our resource centers.
  • Ongoing support after employment starts. We care about the success of your business as well as your employee.
  • Assistance with possible tax credits
  •  Companies that hire and accommodate people with disabilities in their workplace may receive tax benefits of the WOTC – Work Opportunity

Our staffing options include…

  • AN INDIVIDUAL HIRE – with ongoing support if needed
  • INDUSTRIAL SUBCONTRACTING at one of our plants in Wayne County. Trucking available.
  • A SELF-EMPLOYED INDIVIDUAL to provide goods or services to your business.
    Available at competitive rates.* We are responsible for the worker’s compensation insurance, payroll processing, administrative costs, and transportation.

We have helped businesses employ people for:

  • Assembly
  • Child Care
  • Collating
  • Customer Service
  • Flyer Delivery
  • Food Service
  • Pet Care
  • General Labor
  • Recycling
  • Office Work
  • Inspection
  • Retail
  • Shredding
  • Sorting
  • Inspection
  • Laundry
  • Environmental*

*We are a contractor with the State of Michigan

Community Programming

Community Programming

STEP provides many opportunities for integration into the community in meaningful and exciting ways.

DREAM Program:

The Downriver Employment and Activity Milestones (DREAM). DREAM is an outings and volunteer program for developmentally disabled and adults with Mental illness. The object of the program is to give individuals the opportunity to not only access their community, but to become involved. Each individual has the opportunity to choose what they wish to experience on a daily basis. This can range from community inclusion to volunteering and investigating the types of employment in their community. Participants are not only encouraged to do activities in their community, but to engage the public at large.

Volunteer Programming:

We are involved in bringing clients to a number of volunteer sites for activities meant to better their community as a whole. These places vary from The Light House Mission, Wayne Public Library, Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent de Paul, Belleville Library, Focus Hope, and more. The tasks performed in each of these places can vary, but it is always with the goal of creating a personal connection between people and the communities that they live and work in.

Art In The Market:

STEP has installed an Art Education program to service 5 unique locations including the Made In the Market studio/gallery location in Detroit’s’ Eastern Market.

The program goal is to improve communication skills for the consumers to improve the quality of their lives and their potential for productive work skills. The program fosters independence by acknowledged accomplishment, practicing motor skills, developing critical thinking while learning and adhering to process. The program puts a great deal of focus on learning the fundamentals of communication through art: color theory, shape, pattern, perspective and content. As our program matures we are introducing concepts of craftsman-ship, the pride of complete ideas, as well as, admiration for the accomplishment of others.

The weekly program offers a chance for young artists to experience self-expression and also work in a structure that will give them the opportunity to exhibit and possibly profit from their work.


Transition is the time when you think about leaving school and start making plans for what you will be doing, earning an income, getting a job or possible self employment, and pursuing your interests in the community. You may begin to make plans as early as age 14.

We have worked with many students and their families, school personnel, and others interested in helping you reach your goals. We know it is a big change in your life and want to help you with the challenges you will face.

We have coordinated successfully for several years with the Jo Brighton Skills Center in Wyandotte, the Western Wayne Skills Center in Westland, and the Michigan Rehabilitation Services in an effort to team up with each student and his or her support group.transition2

We can provide you with valuable information about community-based services and help you get started with them. Our emphasis will be on developing employment opportunities, finding you a job or helping you to earn money by being self employed.

Our supports coordination, skills training, mobility training , self employment, and job placement services staff provide you with a well rounded program which meets your specifications. You may ask your Supports Coordinator about any other needs or concerns you may have.

In summary, you will plan your life with others who care about you, get a job or be self employed, be active with your interests in the community, be satisfied by pursuing your dream, and grow into the future.

See our Transition Brochure here.

If you are interested in choosing our services read this page. We offer Limited English Proficiency Assistance. Please inquire at any of our local Resource Centers.

Services To Enhance Potential is funded in part by the