Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

For more information, contact Kurtis Mayne, Director of Vocational Services at

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


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 Work Crews are groups of five to twelve client workers, employed by ORI and supported by an EmployAbilities supervisor, which are contracted by local businesses or individuals to perform a variety of work duties—janitorial, site cleanup, packaging and labeling and general maintenance. Currently, there are more than ten work crews in Missoula, some working at City Hall and the Federal Building, as well as the Business Improvement District crew downtown. The Missoula Fire Technology Center crew just celebrated their 25-year working partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.

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.