As we leave summer behind and welcome cooler breezes, I’d like to bring everyone up to date on what has been happening in our adult programs.
In Paramus, over the last few months many clients have had the opportunity to volunteer in the borough of Paramus. Through the efforts of our Work Readiness Instructor, Kathy Kaplan, and Paramus Social Worker, Irene Maury- a wonderful relationship has been forged with the town of Paramus. Our special thanks to Mayor LaBarbiera for providing Bergen County Special Services clients with an opportunity to learn, work and contribute.
Clients have been involved in unpacking donations of food and clothing, and have organized these items on shelves. Additionally, clients have been very busy over the summer having grown and tended a local garden to supplement the food pantry with donations of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants and basil. Every week a group of clients rotate their time to take care of the garden.
These activities represent our commitment to provide opportunities for clients to be active participants in the community. The clients enjoy being a part of what is important to others and are understandably proud of their accomplishments.
Work Readiness Instructor, JoAnne Kuhl has continued to enhance our Work Readiness Program. Although focused on competitive employment, JoAnne recently partnered with Kathy to establish “work enclaves”, in which small groups of adults perform various work skills at a local business or retailer on a volunteer basis. Paramus clients have been going to Goodwill Industries to restock and hang up clothes. Clients are enjoying themselves and gaining experience.
The various groups will continue to focus on learning, working and experiencing the community. Our goal is to continue to move the learning and doing to where it really happens. Please take a moment to enjoy the pictures of our work painting and tending to the garden.