Employment Programs

A program of Catholic Charities Developmental Disabilities Services 

We provide support and guidance for young adults and adults with developmental disabilities who have little to no work history entering the workforce. Through adaptive programing, a dedicated staff, open partnerships with businesses, families and community members, we find new opportunities for our consumers to grow, share and develop as independent adults. We also work closely with families with teenage children, helping consumers access career-track training and employment in high-growth fields.

Walk with Francis Pledge Volunteers: Click here to learn more information on volunteering with our employment programs. 


Intake:  All program participants living in the District must be referred by the DC Office of Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). In Maryland, referrals may come from the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) or the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).

Employment:  Our Employment Specialists work one-on-one with adults with a developmental disability  to help identify their strengths and interests, develop the needed skills, help place them in a good work environment and provide ongoing support to ensure success. If an employment situation is deemed a bad fit, we work to find a better solution for the consumer.

Education: Our program also features an adult education component following the PLATO. Classes are offered in the morning and evening. Referrals to the education component come through DC Employment Services. 

Get Involved in Our Work!

Donate: Employment provides an opportunity to grow and live independent. With our help, many adults are overcoming their disability to get that first job. Join us in our effort - make a donation directly to our Developmental Disabilities Services.

Employers: Do you have an entry level job opening that would be a great fit for an adult with developmental disabilities? Make your next hire a Kennedy Institute hire! Our staff provide ongoing training to ensure you get an employee who is reliable and gets the job done well. For more information, contact the office nearest where you work. Thank you!


Our work is only possible thanks to some great community partners who give clients at our Supported Employment programs the opportunity to serve others: 

District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services Administration

Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) 

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)

Contact Us

We have offices throughout Washington, DC, and Maryland. Please give the office nearest to you a call today:

Washington, DC Location

801 Buchanan St., NE (map here)
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 529-7600, ext. 703 or ext. 728 | (202) 529-8211 (fax)

Montgomery County, MD Location

1010 Grandin Ave. (map here)
Rockville, MD 20851
(301) 251-2860, ext. 208 | (301) 251-8559 (fax)

Prince George's County, MD Location

8200 Good Luck Road
Suite 100
Lanham, MD 20706
(301) 731-4703 ext. 301 | (301) 731-6634 (fax)

Services for Southern Maryland
(202) 409-6948


Catholic Charities

924 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 772-4300

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