Members of Tochnit Avodah, the Vocational Training Program, work in camp for three hours each day. They work in the gan, the mercaz, the dining room, the education department, on the ropes course and in the guest house.
Wednesdays is everyoneâ€™s day off. We take trips which are sometimes fun, sometimes educational and sometimes both. On the last Wednesday of camp, we had the opportunity to see if the job skills we are learning are preparing us for the â€œworld of work.â€
Thanks to the generosity of Fairfield Inn by Marriott and
At Marriott, we got a â€œback of the houseâ€ tour, where we got to see rooms being made, and laundry being washed in huge, industrial machines.
At Walgreens, we was items being scanned, and put in bins for distribution. What a treat to see one of our Tikvah friends, Aaron Rudolph, working at his â€œdetrashâ€ station, opening 90 boxes per hour and placing the items in bins! Walgreens is a true leaderâ€”they employ approximately 200 people with special needsâ€”out of a total of 430 workers.
We returned to camp tired and inspiredâ€”about what visionary companies can accomplish. It is comforting to know that some companies recognize that by â€œthinking out of the boxâ€ and making accommodations, people with disabilities can be very productive!