Guided by our Passion to Help Others
SMART Options incorporated in October 1997 through a contract with MCFD. We worked with adults to find innovated inclusive employment opportunities in the greater Kamloops area. The name SMART comes from an acronym; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely based on setting smart employment goals
One of the main reasons for our success over the years is the support aspect when pursuing employment opportunities. We spend a great deal of time getting to know the business and the employer prior to the employee beginning work. As a result we build a trust that may follow through with job support or it may mean building natural supports within the workplace. Regardless both the employer and the employee know we are available to them if they require any type of support to ensure a successful placement.
In 2006 MCFD Adult services became the crown corporation known as Community Living British Columbia, CLBC. SMART Options continued providing the same employment services under this new umbrella. We are successfully working with over one hundred individuals in a variety of different jobs through our contract with Community Living British Columbia. We focus on the individual’s skills and abilities and then translate them into customized employment opportunities. Some workers have maintained continuous employment since we started over twenty years ago. All jobs are real work for real pay.
In 2006, when Youth Services remained with the Ministry for Children and Family Development we added an additional contract to find youth, 15 to 18, their first part-time jobs. This program involves a twelve weeks job readiness phase followed by a twelve week job development phase. We are proud to find youth employment prior to leaving school making their journey to adulthood a much easier more seamless transition.