Work Center Program

On site guided vocational training, support and work experience

paycheckClients (adults with disabilities) enrolled in our Work Center Program come to our facility on Ambassador Row to perform various packaging and assembly projects for local companies, allowing them to learn vocational skills with real work and receive a paycheck.

Examples of the work performed include:

  • Building custom cardboard boxes for technology companies’ products
  • Applying labels to bottles for cleaning or beauty products
  • Counting, sorting and bagging nuts and bolts for retail sale
  • Assembling marketing packets for large conventions

All work is performed with guidance and training from a Production Supervisor who works in tandem with the Case Manager assigned to the client. This helps to ensure success and progress towards individualized vocational and behavioral goals.

Clients also attend classes addressing a variety of topics designed to enhance the vocational, social and life skills learned through work.  Social activities, such as holiday parties, gardening and games, are scheduled regularly to allow for development of soft skills and social behaviors that are essential to success in employment.

If you are interesting in enrollment, please review important information and admissions criteria below.

Program Enrollment

Program Enrollment

Clients (adults with disabilities) are referred to Citizens Development Center through several public and private agencies that provide funding for the clients to participate in our programs. There is no fee for our services assessed to the client or their family members.

To enroll, adults with disabilities who meet the admission criteria listed below and are currently aligned and with a funding partner/referring agency should request a referral.

If you are interested in enrolling and meet the admission criteria, but you are not currently aligned with a funding partner/referring agency:

  • Contact DARS, Dallas Metrocare Services or one of the agencies below directly for more information about opening a case.
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  • Our staff can also provide information about opening a case with one of our funding partners/referring agencies or direct you to the resources you will need.  Call 214.637.2911 to speak with our staff.
  • Prospective clients and their family members are welcome to tour our facilities and meet with staff prior to enrollment. Please call 214.637.2911 to schedule a tour.

Admission Criteria

All individuals admitted into services at Citizens Development Center must have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that constitutes a significant handicap to their ability to obtain and maintain employment.

In addition, all individuals admitted into services must meet the following criteria:
  • Must possess basic self-help skills including the ability to independently toilet, eat, bathe, and transfer.
  • Must be able to function in a group setting and not display behaviors that are disruptive to the group.
  • Must be medically, psychologically, and psychiatrically stable and not require any on-going medical or psychiatric care that would significantly interfere with programming.
  • Must present a recent history that demonstrates an unlikelihood of physical or sexual aggression towards others.  All individuals with a history of physically or sexually aggressive behaviors will require the review and approval of the Executive Director before admission.
  • Must exhibit adequate physical, intellectual, and/or emotional skills to sustain consistent participation in programming.
  • Must be medication compliant by taking medications as prescribed and directed by a physician.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.  Individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 must be referred in cooperation with the school system or no longer be involved in the educational process.
In order to ensure that the above criteria is met as well as ensure that programming meets the needs of the individual, adequate diagnostic information will be required before an individual can be admitted into services.

Funding Partners

Current Funding Partners/Referring Agencies (Subject to Change)

  • A&A Advantage Care, Inc.
  • Abiding Angels HCS
  • Ability Connection Texas
  • Abundant Life HCS
  • Access Day Adult Activity
  • Aim High Home and Community Services
  • Berry Assisted Living
  • Berry Family Services, Inc.
  • Brown Consultants and Associates
  • Clydie’s Place
  • Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS)
  • Commitment to Care
  • Community Access
  • Creekview Health Services
  • CSP Health Services
  • D&S Residential Services
  • Daybreak Community Services, Inc.
  • Eddie Ellis HCS
  • EduCare Community Living Corporation-Texas
  • Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries of Texas, Inc.
  • Good Home Community Living
  • LifePath Systems
  • Lifetime Care
  • M. Pritchett & Associates
  • Maples Enterprises, Inc.
  • Metrocare Services
  • Mosaic
  • Paso a Paso
  • Ratcliff Youth and Family Services
  • Starbright Health Services
  • Steadfast Home Health and Mental Services
  • Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
  • Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
  • Touch of Class
  • Trinity Home Care HCS
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
  • Wellness Healthcare Solutions
  • Volunteers of America Texas