Phoenix Employment and Rehabilitation Services

Two different programs help men and women with disabilities prepare for and find meaningful careers:

  1. Phoenix Supported Employment - suite 100
  2. Phoenix Pathways to Employment - suite 101

What's Going On?

444 Stillwater Avenue,
Bangor, ME 04401

Phoenix Supported Employment

What community employers say about Phoenix:

"Phoenix is an excellent source for workers who will quickly demonstrate their ability to function as effectively in the workplace as they have in Phillips" - Strickland House
"The workers and job coaches that work at our building are great.
The Phoenix workers are dedicated and hard working. They are a good fit for our building.
They do a nice job of maintaining the janitorial maintenance requirement within the build in a non-intrusive manner. The Job Coaches are great at providing effective quality control and effective supervision. The Phoenix team assigned to our building strive to do the best job possible, take pride in their work and respect their co-workers and space within the facility. It is a joy to work with our Phoenix team mates."
Maj. Brian J. Veneziano
Executive Officer
Administrative Officer

Phoenix Employment and Rehabilitation opened its doors in 1982 with the intent to find real jobs for real wages for men and women with disabilities. There are currently over 80 individuals working with varying levels of Phoenix support at 26 businesses in the Bangor area. Each person will receive the level of job coaching that they need and will have access to an employment specialist when needed. Phoenix works with every job seeker and their guardian to determine interests and abilities and to establish a work goal and a practical plan to reach that goal.
The vast majority of our program participants are clients of The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and there is also an option to private pay. If you need to contact DHHS the number is 207-561-4100 (TTY 1-800-963-9490).

If you are interested in this program please contact Program Diector, Toni Moleon who will be happy to speak with you

Phoenix helps to negotiate fair wages. It maintains a sub-minimum wage certificate from the Department of Labor for individuals who are not able to work at a fast pace.

Phoenix works to understand the needs of the employer and to match the right person with the right job so both sides can prosper.

Phoenix staff are certified Direct Support Professionals (DSP) and are also certified in the Maine Employment Curriculum. They are involved in on-going training sponsored or contracted by Amicus and have a proven track record of success meeting the needs of each individual.

Phoenix works in affiliation with:

Phoenix is accredited by (CARF), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The following businesses currently employ skilled workers through Phoenix:

Affiliated Materiel Services Hannaford's 
Bangor Wal-Mart Living Innovations 
Brewer Wal-Mart R.H. Foster 
The Bouchea Center for Learning R.T.I. 
Building #255 Season's 
Goodwill Industries Sewall 
Circle K Convenience Stores(6 locations) Walgreens (3 locations) 
Maine Distributors.  
Ramada Inn  
(Amicus) MHCPV Housing  
Friend and Friend   

Phoenix Pathways to Employment

In 2009 Phoenix celebrated the opening of this flexible, community based program that promotes the goal of employment for people who are on the VR wait list, are temporarily out of work, or may wish to work at some time in the future.

Pathways is available five days per week for five hours per day. The amount of time and number of days attended depends on the needs and wishes of the applicant, the availability of funding, and available staffing.

Some classes take place at the Pathways Learning Center at 444 Stillwater Avenue and other activities take place in the community and at local businesses. Sample activities include:

  • A Functional Assessment of strengths and barriers to maximize employment success.
  • Interpersonal Skills activities to develop the necessary tools for success in the workplace.
  • Job Shadowing to help individuals identify available job opportunities in the community.
  • Volunteer opportunities to increase community inclusion and provide a system to experience the practical aspects of employment.
  • Development of an Individualized Vocational Plan.

All services and activities focus on the individual vocational preferences and needs of the person.

The Pathways to Employment curriculum is specifically designed with the flexibility to meet the objectives that each participant has chosen. Activities may take place in small groups or individually. They may occur in classrooms or in the community. These topics are presented by experienced professionals and focus on learning or maintaining skills for living and working productively. A preliminary assessment is used to determine the interests, needs and learning style of each individual.


The curriculum represents specific skills that relate to successful and rewarding lives. Each topic area includes multiple sessions. Because learning styles vary by individual, each topic area will offer the choice between a basic and advanced level session. Units include subjects such as:

  • Communication (including active and effective listening)
  • Health and Safety
  • Hygiene
  • Money Management
  • Accessing local transportation (Bus Skills)
  • Job Interviewing
  • Nutrition
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Use of leisure time
  • Anger Management
  • Productivity and Quality on the Job
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Job shadowing
  • Writing a resume
  • Job applications
  • How to shine in an interview

We would like to thank these community businesses and agencies that currently offer extensive volunteer opportunities for individuals participating in the Pathways to Employment Program:

Bangor Humane Society

Bangor Homeless Shelter

Columbia Street Church

E.A.A.A. Bangor and Brewer

Good Shepard Food Bank

Habitat for Humanity Restore

Manna Food Cupboard

Ronald McDonald House

United Methodist Church

What our participants say about Pathways:

"To me, it feels like family. The group is like a family I can trust. I am becoming more social every day I’m here. There were times (in the past) when I couldn’t speak to people because I didn’t trust them, but now I can speak to anyone. I’m looking forward to volunteering soon to gain even more skills for employment."
"I think Pathways has been helpful to me. I am learning a lot of things. I work with nice people and like volunteering at..."
"I love coming to Pathways. Everyone is so nice to me, especially Ted because he helps me with math and, boy I really like that. I look forward to coming to Pathways every day."
"I Like Pathways a lot. It’s a nice place here. I have a lot of friends. I’m learning things like typing and doing math on the computer, as well as using Microsoft Word to type up reports."
"I like the people at Pathways staff and consumers. I am working on filling out applications and my resume. I look forward to my upcoming volunteer experience at..."