Employment Services

Job Path

Job Path is the largest program of its kind in western New York, supporting over 400 men and women who are either in the working world or preparing to enter it. The program’s team of employment specialists assists people in discovering their path to employment. More than 200 local businesses ranging from Wegmans to Paychex to URMC employ people supported through Job Path, who collectively demonstrate a strong work ethic, determination and ability to learn new skills.

Job Path has grown steadily since its inception in the mid-1980’s, growth fueled both by society’s changing attitude toward disabilities and the performance of people in the workplace.

“The Arc helped me get this job. I’ve been very fortunate to have some great support. The staff is very helpful. They have helped me become a stronger advocate for myself. They’ve taught me how to stand up for myself. That can be very hard for me and took me a while to get used to. They say trust yourself, you can do this and we’ll be behind you if needed. They always say ‘you’ll be fine.’”

– Lidia Kunz, UR Medicine

Job Path offers a wide range of employment related services to support each person’s individualized employment plan.  For more information about Job Path’s  Employment Services, please contact our Job Path Director at 585-256-7330, ext 2530.

Culinary Career Prep@The Arc

This creative program puts people on a track for a career in food service. Culinary Career Prep combines hands-on experience with classroom instruction. People gain valuable experience at the Arc Deli or a workplace cafeteria, where they receive community prevocational skills in food preparation, customer service, cleaning and operations.

Would you like to learn more? Please contact our Community Intake Coordinator at 585-286-9607 .

Arc Deli

The Arc Deli innovatively combines a business operation with community prevocational skills. With an inviting ambiance and contemporary decor, the Deli is much more than its name implies. Great food and service make it an easy choice for the Canal Side Business Center breakfast and lunch crowd.

The people working at Arc Deli assist with every aspect of its daily operation, and also get ongoing, hands-on training.

To learn more about ArcDeli, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 585-286-9607 .


An innovative higher education program designed for young adults with developmental disabilities, LifePrep@Naz is now in its fourth academic year. More than 20 students enjoy taking classes at Nazareth College, participating in internships on and off campus, meeting other students and experiencing a slice of college life.

The focus is twofold—the students develop their daily living skills and also prepare for competitive employment. Each student is matched with a Naz student who acts as a peer mentor and helps them become acclimated to the campus life. Other local colleges offer similar programs, but LifePrep@Naz is unique because students can attend for up to four years, the typical undergrad experience.

To learn more about LifePrep@Naz, please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 585-286-9607 .

Learn more about LifePrep@Naz and if it’s the right choice for your needs.

LifePrep@Naz Application


People have an opportunity to whet their appetite for community-based employment at Arc Works, where people assemble and package materials for local manufacturers.  People work together as a team in a structured work environment to meet the needs of the customers.

ArcWorks’ annual quality and on-time delivery is consistently over 99 percent, thanks to the dedication and hard work of its many teams. Everyone at Arc Works takes great pride in their collective success and in demonstrating their many abilities.

Would you like to learn more about how ArcWorks can benefit your business? Learn more here.

Self-Directed Services

Self-Directed Services empowers people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families or guardians with their “circle of support,” to design and manage services based their needs and goals. People create customized plans, control their own individualized, portable budgets, and may choose to either hire and manage their own staff supports or work with an agency to provide staffing services.

Plans and budgets allow participants to access the supports needed to:

  • Live at home or in a home of their own
  • Pursue interesting and meaningful employment, volunteer or participate in other community activities
  • Engage in meaningful relationships with family, friends and community members
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Would you like to learn more about Self-Directed Services? Please contact our Community Outreach Coordinator at 585-286-9607.

Brittany, like many high school students, left high school at 18 with a local diploma. After high school, Brittany and her mother were unaware of potential community resources to support Brittany. For three years, Brittany stayed home and became increasingly depressed. But thanks to the Arc’s Disability Resource Connection program and the support of Arc staff, Brittany is now connected to a system of care that will support her on her journey toward community employment.

– Brittany