Mainstream Living

Employment Supports


The Center offers one employment service, enclaves. Enclaves are a small work group consisting of five to six members working with one Mainstream enclave supervisor. There may be several groups working in an area, with as many as 12 members on site per day. They work within the contracted company, HACH and DanFoss, and are expected to complete contracted tasks as provided by their supervisors. The enclaves provide an employment opportunity for members as they build employment skills such as accountability, arriving to work on time, completing work accurately and at a moderate level or higher and also learning to respect co-workers and supervisors. These skills will help members as they transition to a job in the community. 

A certain level of independence is required in this program as all members need to also meet the requirements of the contracted company. Members will need to be able to follow each companies’ rules and regulations, maintain the ability to access their work station on the floor from the main entrance and also show evidence of emotional stability so as not to adversely affect the contracted companies’ employees. 

Program Hours


9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Danfoss: 2800 E 13th St, Ames, IA 50010

HACH: 100 Dayton Ave, Ames, IA 50010


If you have additional questions about the enclave program, please contact Steve Gehlsen, Integration Coordinator.

To view the handbook click here.

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