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At Starbridge, we believe successful employment opens up opportunities to lead a fulfilling life.

We partner with people who have disabilities to connect qualified employees with employers looking to hire.

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Pre-employment services
Job search
Supports on the job
Health Professions Opportunity Grant

Pre-Employment Programs

Starbridge's Community Pre-Vocational Service is a 100% community-based, small-group program designed to support growth towards employability.

Our counselors get to know every participant and provide an active and engaging experience. Groups have no more than four participants at a time, and individuals rotate groups and counselors during the program. Participants experience a variety of community settings each day year-round.

At Starbridge, we support the principles of Employment First. Our goal is for every person to progress on the continuum towards employment in a job that is right for them.

We are here to partner with you and your circle of support in achieving your valued outcomes. Contact us today!

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Starbridge Internship Program

Starbridge's Internship Program is a great way for youth and adults to gain work experience! If you are a job seeker and have eligibility through NYS ACCES-VR, you gain 160 hours of paid work experience in a career that interests you. If you are a business owner or manager, you get the opportunity to try out a potential employee through a structured intern experience - at no cost to you!

To learn more about the Starbridge Internship Program, contact Jeff Diekvoss at 585-224-7261 or jdiekvoss@starbridgeinc.org.

Ready to search for jobs?

Starbridge’s Employment Counselors seek to place you in a job of your choosing, doing the type of work that interests you. We offer rapid job search resources and guidance on resume development, applications, and interviewing. Employment Counselors can provide information on benefits available through potential employers, and how to access other supports on the job, if needed.


Looking for supports on the job?

Starbridge Employment Counselors can provide job coaching on or off the job site. Counselors can also develop and assist with implementing workplace modifications to facilitate success on the job. Long-term employment support can be helpful when job responsibilities change, when promotions occur, and when management and supervisors change.

How do you get started?

For individuals seeking job placement or job supports, please start by contacting your local ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) office or attending an orientation session at ACCES-VR. The schedule for orientation sessions for the Rochester District Office is available here. ACCES-VR staff may be able to refer you to Starbridge for Employment Supports.

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Hiring people who have disabilities is good business. Research indicates employers report equal or better safety records, turnover and absentee rates, job performance ratings, job assignment flexibility, and equal amount of supervision for employees with disabilities, compared to their peers without disabilities. Click here to read a study on the economic impact of workers with disabilities.

Starbridge Employment Counselors work to provide a bridge between businesses looking to hire qualified employees and job candidates well-suited for those openings.

Business owners or managers can expect our Employment Counselors to provide dependable referrals, support the new employee in adjusting to his or her job and social environment, and work to help the employee achieve independence and proficiency over time.

For businesses looking to hire, please contact Ursula Nicholson, Director of Employment Services, at 585-224-7342 or email unicholson@starbridgeinc.org.

What is the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)?

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program was established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 to provide education and training programs in high-demand health care professions to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients AND other low-income individuals. ROC HPOG is a collaboration led by Action for a Better Community and joined by 12 partners in the Rochester area.

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What are the possible career choices?

Participants may elect to train in a range of health care occupations, such as –

  • Dental Assistant
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical and Health Service Manager
  • Medical Billing Clerk or Medical Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aide or Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Receptionist and Information Clerks
  • Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Sterilization Technician
  • Surgical Technician
What supports and services does ROC HPOG offer?

Participants will receive support in –

  • Basic Skills/Soft Skills Training
  • High School Equivalency/TASC
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Child Care
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Navigation
  • Work-Related Resources such as –
    • Books
    • Supplies
    • Mentoring
    • Tutoring
    • Testing Fees
    • License Fees
    • Uniforms
Who is eligible to apply?

You must –

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Reside in Monroe County
  • Meet income eligibility requirements

Please note: HPOG is a study funded by the federal government which is being conducted to determine how these training opportunities help people improve their skills and find better jobs. During the study, all new eligible applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in these training opportunities. Not all eligible applicants will be selected to participate in these opportunities.

How do you get started?

For questions or more information, please call Den'Nise Meeks at 585-224-7212 or email dmeeks@starbridgeinc.org 

Starbridge is a partner in the Rochester Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG), led by Action for a Better Community Inc. The HPOG Program was established by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. This document was supported by Grant 90FX0055-01-00 from the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.