Center for Advanced Rehabilitative Employment Services (CARES)

CARES is an employment program that matches unemployed workers who possess barriers to employment with regional employers that provide real-world work experience leading to potential employment.

Individuals are referred to the program by the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) and undergo extensive occupational skills evaluations that help to determine the best employment fit for the customer and define a prospective skills development path leading toward employment.

Once completed, the individual is matched with a business or organization as a part of a paid working interview that ranges from 20 to 80 hours. During the working interview, the individual has the opportunity to gain real-world work experience while auditioning for an open employment position.

For more information about the CARES program, contact Gawdys Grullon at (203) 575-4285, or by email ggrullon [at] newoppinc [dot] org.

Information for Prospective Employers

New Opportunities is seeking potential employers in the Greater Waterbury area who would like to participate in our Working Interview Program for CARES program participants.

During the working interview, employers have the opportunity to evaluate CARES employment candidates for up to 80 hours at no expense. During that time, the employee paid by New Opportunities and covered under our worker’s compensation insurance. Once the working interview is completed, employers have the opportunity to hire the individual without any referral fees typically associated with employment placement.

Our employment candidate’s skills vary greatly and include the following potential occupational fits: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), dishwasher, driver, cashier, stock, receptionist, assembly, medical assistant, greeter, bagger, wait staff, and janitorial positions.

If you would like more information about CARES, contact Gawdy Grullon at (203) 575-4285, or by email ggrullon [at] newoppinc [dot] org.


CARES Youth employment candidates work for either 8-weeks or 12-weeks, depending on whether students are enrolled in high school or if it during the summer school break.

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