Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s new Vocational Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide employment and educational guidance to eligible American Indians and Alaskan Natives. We help people with employment barriers. 

Here are the recently updated eligibility criteria:

  • Must be enrolled with a State or Federally-recognized Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village.
  • Have documented physical or mental disability which results in a substantial impediment to employment
  • Reside in service area from the Hoko River and Sappho to the west, the Straits of Juan de Fuca to the north and McDonald Creek to the east. These boundaries can be extended in some cases.
  • Require vocational rehabilitation services to obtain, maintain and retain appropriate employment

Some of the services we provide are; assessment to determine eligibility, services and skills, guidance and counseling, communication assistance, job placement and retention services, traditional healing services, community resource counseling, transportation services, education guidance, support services (e.g., clothing, short-term training, individually based), assistive technology, youth transition services, information and referral, job coaching, individualized care and development of a service plan and goals

Our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors for this program are listed below:

Jim Allen
Program Manager

Jeremy Acosta
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
360.565.7257 ext. 7457

Keeoma Messenger
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
360.452.8471 ext 7701

Chrissi Ducotey
Vocational Rehabilitation Technician
360.417.8545 ext 2902

Jeremy Acosta’s office is in the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s Social Services bldg. Keeoma, Chrissi and Jim have an office at the Heritage Center in Port Angeles. Please contact us if you or someone you know fits these eligibility criteria and is looking for work or some other viable future.