PROGRAM PILLARS - VOCATIONAL TRAINING (PART 6 OF 6)
The Center does not support vocational placement or formal vocational training, but we do practice skills that are in line with vocational training and promote independence. Some of our daily activities focus on hand-eye coordination and manipulatives to practice sorting and matching objects.
Our Direct Care Coaches teach laundry skills by assisting our members with loading, unloading and folding laundry. They also teach independent prepping, cooking and cleaning skills daily. These skills are encouraged and promoted daily which help our Members engage with their families at home to be more independent.
One of our big goals moving forward is to build a community backyard garden! We have some raised beds and are growing seedlings inside for transfer. We hope to design an adaptive garden for our Members to learn how to support, grow and harvest the plants and flowers in the coming year. You can support our Garden Build Out by supporting our operational funds through North Texas Giving Day! Learn more below.
what is formal vocational training?
Vocational Rehabilitation programs help people with disabilities prepare for, find or retain employment and help youth and students prepare for post-secondary opportunities. The programs also help businesses and employers recruit, retain and accommodate employees with disabilities. Texas Workforce Commission have formal state-funded programs that facilitate job training, placement and retention. You can learn more about these programs by clicking here.
Most of our Members and the population we serve do not qualify for these formal programs but that doesn't mean that they can't learn, practice and demonstrate valuable independent and vocational skills. We focus on skills that our Members benefit from in their daily life, most of which translate into vocational skills despite having the goals of independent employment.
As The Center grows we hope to engage and learn more about how we may adapt and provide more formal vocational training services for our Members, either internally through our community garden and crafts or partnering with our local "Friends of The Center".