Vocational Opportunities & Training Program

Learn About VOTS

Learn about our Vocational Opportunities & Training Services Program.

Beanca Williams, Regional Director-Houston
Phone: (713) 460-0781 Ext. 3015

Vocational Opportunities & Training Services

The Volunteers of America Texas Vocational Opportunity and Training Services (VOTS) Program assists individuals with disabilities, or other employment barriers, to find and maintain competitive, integrated employment.

VOTS provides training opportunities for individuals with disabilities to build on the strengths and desires of each person and their families to develop services to improve their quality of life. The wishes and desires of the individual as well as their family are the building blocks we use when designing supports and services.


  • VOTS Training - life skills training, work readiness, decision making, volunteerism and other skills necessary to live independently in the community. Skills training labs available on site.
  • Employment assistance - help to locate competitive employment, job skills, conducting training on identified needs and locating prospective employment compatible with an individual’s identified preferences, skills and requirements.
  • Job placement - job searches, training and/or assistance in completing applications, resumes, interviewing skills, job acceptance, etc.
  • Job skills training - teaching and reinforcing job skills and developing or setting up accommodations and/or compensatory techniques to increase the individuals independence to meet the employer’s needs.
  • Supportive Employment - enabling individuals with the most significant disabilities to enter competitive integrated employment by providing individualized assistance in finding an appropriate job match then providing long term supports to maintain employment including employment adaptations, supervision and training.
  • Financial literacy - training in banking, money management and other financial needs including understanding social security benefits while working.
  • Work Experience - allows individuals to be placed with a business or organization in the community to complete a short-term (up to 12 weeks), part-time experience to learn skills that are transferable to future, long-term, employment.


VOA Texas works in conjunction with Texas Workforce Solutions Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS). Our trained professionals are able to assist with employment. Additionally, we work with the Texas Health & Human Services Commission (HHSC). You may qualify based on:

    • Eligibility to receive services via TWS-VRS.
      Participation in one of the HHSC Medicaid wavier programs. Offers support after TWC closure.
    • Eligibility for employment services via a managed care organization.
    • Private Pay (fees vary upon needs)
    • Eligibility for Summer Earn and learn (SEAL)