"To assist individuals with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment."
Project HIRED is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, community-based organization that was established in 1978 and headquartered in San Jose, CA to create and expand competitive and integrated job and career opportunities for individuals with disabilities.. With a mission "to assist individuals with disabilities to gain and to sustain employment," Project HIRED serves a wide range of type and severity of disability, including individuals with physical and mental impairments, chronic illnesses, and learning disabilities, with at least 50% of the participants having significant disabilities. An emphasis is placed on targeting minority groups and those unemployed or underemployed. Participants possess an array of skills and seek employment in a variety of industries.
Project HIRED offers a wide variety of job placement services on an individual basis and in workshops. In addition to job development, Project HIRED provides employment opportunities as Call Center Operators at Veterans Administration Medical Centers in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Fresno, CA through the AbilityOne program. This program is specifically designed to provide an opportunity for job seekers with significant disabilities to return to and enter into the workforce. In addition, Project HIRED offers the Wounded Warrior Workforce program, created in 2010 to assist wounded, ill, and injured Veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce.