Supported employment & Options

Supported Employment & Options (SEO) applies the same person centered approach and positive practices that Horizons uses across all its services, where people live, learn, work and play.  We collaborate with each individual and their team to understand their hopes and dreams and how we can best take steps together to realize their hopes and dreams.  We identify support needs, environments, preferences and competencies to establish a foundation for success.

We Go Where Opportunities Knock

SEO is committed to community integration and creating partnerships with local businesses, non-profits and organizations to create unique opportunities that are fulfilling for those we serve and provide benefit and value to our partners.  We are based out of the Windham area, and serve communities in Windham, Tolland and New London Counties.

We work with many employers including the University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, Coast Guard Academy, Groton Sub Base, Walmart, McDonalds and The Windham Club.  SEO offers support seven days a week for those who work non-traditional schedules.

Our Supported Employment Team is focused on helping individuals find meaningful employment, acknowledging the dignity, responsibility and satisfaction of holding a job, earning a paycheck and being part of a community.  We work creatively with individuals and their teams through the course of their career, wherever that may take them.

Our Options Team provides the same person centered approach to find activities and engagement of value in non-vocational settings.  We provide support that increases skill building through a focus on volunteerism, recreational, educational, health & wellness experiences.

Our Campus Opportunities Team, based out of our campus in South Windham provides specialized support services to individuals with medical and physical needs.  This includes accessible spaces, specialized equipment and therapy spaces combined with support from our onsite nursing staff.  Our campus is the launching pad for community involvement.

Our Community Opportunities Team delivers support directly in the individual’s home or local community with the goal that supports are fully community integrated.  As with all supports we  tap into the person’s interests, strengths and talents to further develop skills and competencies.  We partner with local non-profits and organizations to create volunteer experiences so the people we serve develop the skills to lead to paid employment.

SEO Team

Simon Wells

Simon Wells

Director, SEO

Simon first came to the US in the mid ‘90s to work a summer as a camp counselor, having worked previously in this field in England.  He quickly realized there was something special about Horizons, and it has been his working home ever since.  Simon feels fortunate to play a role in a bigger movement trying to provide for individuals we support a life experience that is equal to our own. He has a passion for working with people, enjoying the variety, challenges and successes that his role brings and valuing a positive team approach. He tries to integrate humor into every work day. He is proud to be part of the Horizons story.

Simon Wells

Director, SEO

Joe Parla

Joe Parla

Associate Director, SEO

Joe has always been drawn to those who offer themselves willingly to help and mentor others. Using one’s time and energy to help others find enrichment in their lives is an honorable profession. He explores art through the medium of photography and especially likes documenting the experiences of others. Horizons is a place where one can have their cup overflowing with meaningful opportunities to do things that matter. He is grateful to have a place among such an amazing collection of givers.

Joe Parla

Associate Director, SEO

Emily Brodka

Emily Brodka

Team Director, SEO

Emily has worked in Supported Employment and Options for the last 14 years, with concentration on Group worksites and Independent Supported Employment. Her Horizons career began in the summer of 2004, where she enjoyed the Summer Camp experience as Aquatics Director. She has participated in the Annual Golf Tournament Planning Committee and the Gala Planning Committee. She values the variety of each work week and seeing so much success on a daily basis.

Emily Brodka

Team Director, SEO

Becky Delisle

Becky Delisle

Team Director, SEO

Whether tackling a new task, meeting new people or helping to create person-centered opportunities, Becky enjoys working at Horizons where every day is unique. She loves assisting people have healthy, meaningful days that they look forward to and enjoy. For more information about SEO, feel free to call the Horizons main number or explore our website.

Becky Delisle

Team Director, SEO

Jamie Delisle

Jamie Delisle

Team Director, SEO

For the last 12 years, Jamie has been able to work in a field that she finds so rewarding here at Horizons. She has had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and enjoys helping others reach their potential and celebrate their successes at work and in the community.

Jamie Delisle

Team Director, SEO

Dora Oliver

Dora Oliver

Team Director, SEO

Dora’s odyssey with Horizons began in summer of 2002 through a student exchange program that brought her here from Russia to work as a Summer Camp Counselor. She knew that first summer this was the organization she wanted to be a part of. Dora currently works as a Director of Team Englehardt assisting with the day-to-day operations of Supported Employment & Options. She supervises, evaluates, and trains support coaches and managers, and assists in developing volunteering and employment opportunities.

Dora Oliver

Team Director, SEO

Paul Rimmer

Paul Rimmer

Team Director, SEO

Paul Rimmer

Team Director, SEO