The Key Training Center owns and operates three thrift stores in Citrus County located in Inverness, Lecanto, and Crystal River. Thrift stores are used as vocational training opportunities for Key Center clients in addition to providing needed operating revenue. The thrift stores provide a place to shop that benefits both program participants and the community.
Through a variety of vocational training opportunities, clients make choices, learn valuable skills and develop positive work habits while earning an income determined appropriate with their abilities and productivity. Clients receive wages based on their ability, productivity and the prevailing wage for similar jobs (based on time studies).
Thrift store vocational training opportunities include activities associated with retail operations. Clients gain experience as customer service clerks, cashiers, merchandisers and housekeepers. Job coaches monitor and assist consumers.
Donation Distribution Center vocational training opportunities include activities associated with clothing donations such as sorting, hanging, and folding. Key Center staff help clients function in a vocational setting as independently as possible