Established in 1984, Eastside Employment Services (EES) was one of the first agencies to offer individualized job placement and support services for people with developmental disabilities in King County. A non-profit organization funded by state and local government, EES currently supports over 100 participants each month and works with over 60 local employers.
In addition to maintaining a highly regarded Individual Employment program, EES continues to look for innovative ways to effectively meet the needs of the developmental disabilities community. In response to community input, in 1999 EES created the Pathways to Employment program to offer expanded employment options to individuals with more significant challenges. These are individuals who may need more intensive or extended support in order to participate in employment or related activities.
EES is recognized as one of the most successful supported employment agencies in the area – recognition that is largely attributable to its clear focus, consistently strong outcomes, committed relationships with participants, their families and advocates, ties to its network of employers, and its commitment to delivering quality services. Effective leadership is provided by an experienced executive director and an active and committed board of directors. EES is especially proud of its resourceful and dedicated staff, most of whom have been with the organization and supporting people with disabilities for many years. With their diverse backgrounds and abilities, they bring a history of success to job matching and an understanding of what it takes to establish long-term placements that result in positive working experiences for both the employee and the employer.
EES remains committed to delivering positive results for its participants, employers and the broader community.