Dear Parents, I hope the summer was wonderfully relaxing and fruitful for you all. It is exciting to begin once again the Parents Groups for the BCSS workshops. I missed them and have been looking forward to participating with all of you in mutual support concerning your family members.
The groups occur once a month, usually on the first Monday (for Wood-Ridge), first Wednesday (for Paramus), and first Thursday (for Rockleigh). Because of workshop closures and other logistics there are a few group meetings that will be on another day. They are underlined on the chart below. As always all are welcome. Please make an effort to attend so that you can give and receive mutual support from each other. What you don’t know, someone else does. And what you do know, someone else needs to ask you.
Looking forward to seeing everybody,
Simcha Willick, Counselor
|Wood-Ridge (first Monday)||Paramus (first Wednesday)||Rockleigh (first Thursday)|
A tree full of Japanese-inspired birdhouses made by 11 adults from the Rockleigh Workshop was on display in the Westwood Library this June!
The clients have been creating art with workshop assistant Cheryl Fantacone for over a year, between their regular work of assembling pens, adhering labels, or stuffing envelopes. Each art project they participated in was a study in culture and history, engaging all five senses. To introduce this lesson, the adults were greeted with Japanese music and looked at Japanese art and architecture. They conceptualized their vision by working with their hands with balsa wood.. They were instructed to build a structure; it wasn’t until the designs were almost finalized that they were told that their buildings would be birdhouses. When the work was completed, the group gathered and over California rolls, discussed one another’s work and their favorite aspects of the project, completing the multi-sensory learning experience.
A splendid time was had by all who took part in this creative endeavor. Their enthusiasm is easily seen in their work and in their interest in the subject matter. The Workshop clients took from this art project development of self-expression, reflection, and knowledge in cultures and techniques.
The Rockleigh Rehabilitation Workshop is one of three Bergen County Special Services Adult Programs providing a variety of vocational training and work experiences for adults with disabilities who are not ready for supported employment. Located in a barrier-free building in Rockleigh, New Jersey, the program offers vocational training via a sheltered workshop experience to adults with disabilities aged twenty-one and over, as well as a Division of Developmental Disabilities-funded Family Support program.