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Our Products Packaging Division

Training in the Products Packaging Division primarily consists of employment related skill development and work adjustment with a secondary emphasis on personal care, inter-personal relations and socialization within the context of a work setting.  The Products Packaging Division focuses on expanding work skills through a variety of contract requirements.

These contracts include packaging, sorting and labeling.  The Products Packaging Division is staffed by the Employment Services Supervisor and one or two part time Crew Leaders depending upon the consumer to staff ratio.  The staff ratio with this component is no more than 8 employees/consumers to one direct care staff person.

Our Mobile Crews Division

The Mobile Crews Division provides the management and operation of an individual competitive supported employment program.  The Mobile Crew Division serves those individuals who have the capacity to be employed within PORTCO’s Private Sector contracts as well as Federal contract sites.

Admission is contingent upon approval by the Employee Screening Committee, which is comprised of the Employment Services Coordinator, HR Manager, ESD Crew Leader or Site Supervisor.  In the Mobile Crew Division, employee/consumers are hired to provide support to private and federal contract sites.  These sites include the Portsmouth Federal Building, the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, US Customs House in Norfolk, Norfolk Federal Courthouse and NEXCOM Headquarters.

Training in the Mobile Crew Division primarily consists of skills such as dusting, pulling trash, cleaning restrooms, sweeping, mopping and vacuuming.  The importance of personal care, inter-personal relations and socialization in the context of a work setting is also emphasized.

The Mobile Crews Division is staffed by the Employment Services Supervisor and one or two part-time Crew Leader(s).  The staff ratio in this component shall be no more than 8 employee/consumers to one direct care staff person.

PORTCO helps private business

PORTCO, Inc. has also contracted with Discover Media, Sysco Foods, APS, NeighborCare Pharmacy and Dollar Tree.  This has led to many packaging contracts.  Employees work in PORTCO’s warehouse, packaging magazines and other retail items.  PORTCO has also developed its own line of fishing lures called “PORTCO Lures” which are also packaged by our warehouse employees.

AbilityOne and PORTCO

The AbilityOne Program has had a positive impact on services offered through PORTCO.  Federal contract work performed through AbilityOne set-asides constitutes most of PORTCO’s contract revenue.   Currently PORTCO services are provided at these government sites:

  • Portsmouth Federal Building
  • Owen B Pickett Customs House
  • Portsmouth Naval Medical Center
  • NEXCOM Spply Headquarters
  • Hoffman Federal Courthouse
  • NEX Portsmouth Exchange

PORTCO DRS Vendorship / Medicaid Waiver

PORTCO, Inc was awarded a Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) Vendorship and in 2002 a Medicaid Waiver Vendorship to provide employment services to Medicaid Waiver recipients.  PORTCO began accepting Medicaid Waiver consumers in early 2003.

These employeees work on janitorial mobile crews at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth Federal Building, Owen B Pickett Customhouse and NEXCOM Headquarters.   These employees also work on packaging items in the Warehouse and complete janitorial and lawn maintenance duties of the administrative building.

Employment Screening Process

The employment screening committee is made up of the ESD (employment services director), HR Manager, ESD Crew Leader or a Site supervisor.   All employment applicants are requested to fill out a PORTCO application and submit this application to the HR director.

Participants in the ESD program need to be referred by a funding source such as Medicaid Waiver or Voucher Service.

TASH Association of People With Disabilities

TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities. We have over thirty chapters and members from thirty-four different countries and territories. Since our inception over twenty-five years ago, TASH has gained international acclaim for our uncompromising stand against separatism, stigmatization, abuse and neglect. We actively promote the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. TASH believes that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work, or learn in a segregated setting; that all individuals deserve the right to direct their own lives. TASH’s mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity, and quality of life.

Adaptive Clothing & Accessories

Designed especially for the physically challenged, and/or wheelchair users of all ages.  Here is a great list of resources that can help you find what  you need for your loved ones.