Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

For more information, contact Kurtis Mayne, Director of Vocational Services at   kurtism@orimt.org

Employment Assistance


ORI provides Employment Assessment services, which are designed to gauge an individual’s strengths in a work setting as well as identify potential barriers that demonstrate a need for extra support. The goal of Work Assessments and Community-based Evaluations is long-term successful employment experiences for both the employee and employer.

ORI’s EmployAbilities Program provides essential job-related services that enable individuals with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities to gain and maintain fulfilling employment in today’s market.

ORI works with more than 75 businesses placing hundreds of individuals with disabilities in community work settings. Our Job Development Team and Coaches work closely with the employee and employer, providing work site assessment, training and supportive services. We are able to utilize our size, reputation, Business Advisory Council and community involvement to access the hidden job market.

Employment Programs

BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL (BAC)

ORI’s Business Advisory Council (BAC) is made up of local business leaders and employment specialists who work to increase local employment opportunities for ORI clients. Current members of the Business Advisory Council are:


Alan Boren - Burnich Frame & Molding

Tom Sullivan - Missoula Job Service

Hale Williams - Retired Business Owner

Alicia Walker - Vocational Rehabilitation

Lori Cummings - Quality Maintenance Enterprises

Cindy Smith - Holiday Inn Downtown

Vicki Judd - Retired Executive, Northwestern Energy Co.

Sue Brown - First Security Bank

Russ Klare - Fuddruckers

Adam Ragsdale - Missoula Housing Authority

Marcie Briggs - University of Montana

Job Coaching


ORI’s Job Coaching Team provides support to clients, facilitating a successful employment relationship between employer and employee. ORI support includes assistance in developing work skills, as well as problem solving, decision making and communication skills. Support, tailored to the needs of each individual situation, may be for the long term or temporary. The goal is successful employment!

Work Crews


ORI has multiple Work Crews working at a variety of employment sites/businesses within the Missoula community.  Work Crews are groups of five to twelve client employees who are supervised by ORI staff.  ORI contracts with businesses who hire Work Crews to perform a wide variety of work opportunities.  ORI has Janitorial Crews who work at City Hall, the Federal Building,  Missoula Fire Technology Center, Missoula Art Museum and Parks and Recreation.  American Eagle Instruments provides employment for a crew who label and package dental tools. Business Improvement District and Missoula Downtown Association hire Work Crews for downtown clean-up and for Out to Lunch set up and tear down.  The Construction Site Clean-up Crew contracts with Republic Services for landfill maintenance, with area contractors for site clean-up, and with individuals for raking, weeding and snow removal.

Job Development


ORI’s Job Development Team consistently researches local job opportunities and provides support and job placement expertise that allows each candidate to successfully compete for local job openings.

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