On April 29 graduate students from the Yale School of Management (SOM) conducted a Career Development workshop for clients enrolled in Fellowship Place’s Supported Employment program. Nine volunteers from SOM met one on one with clients to help with resume writing and to practice interview skills. After the workshop, some of the volunteers stayed for dinner and karaoke with people on campus for the Evening Social program. A special shout out to SOM for sharing their expertise with us and to Arielle Sydnor, our Board Fellow, for organizing the event. Our clients learned a lot and were inspired by the students.
On May 18, 2019, the Fellowship Place Steppers will participate in the 2019 Walk Against Hunger for the CT Food Bank, at Savin Rock Park, 6 Rock St, West Haven. The CT Food Bank provided Fellowship with over 16,800 lbs. of food this past year for the Healthy Meals program, which serves our program participants free nutritional meals on a daily basis.
Fellowship Place encourages our clients to give back to our partners and the broader community by getting involved in activities like the Hunger Walk. Click here to support the Fellowship Place Steppers efforts:
On April 23rd Fellowship Place celebrated the graduation of Jonathan from the agency’s Food Services Training program. Jonathan completed the 6-month training program with flying colors; he had excellent attendance and punctuality and was open to constructive feedback as he learned about food safety and sanitation, meal preparation and serving, stocking inventory, and how to run a commercial dishwasher. Jonathan recently passed the Servsafe exam, a National Restaurant Association credential that documents competency in food services. He will now begin a job search in the Food Service industry with the help of his Employment Specialist.
Betty Williams says giving up crack cocaine was easier than her ongoing struggle to quit cigarettes. “A cigarette is a friend” said Williams, who lives with schizophrenia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. People with mental illness account for 44% of the cigarette purchases in the United States, and they are less likely to quit.
Pictured: Fellowship Place’s Katelyn Trauger
Colleen Shaddox Photo.
Winners of Fellowship Place’s 2019 Campership Contest were announced at Community meeting on April 9. A total of six awards were given, two for Best Art, three for Best Writing, and one for Best Overall Entry. Winners will receive a free summer vacation to Camp CONNRI, an adult vacation and retreat center in Ashford, CT. Funding is made possible by the Birgitta Johnson Campership Fund for Fellowship Place. Fellowship Place has sponsored the annual trip to CONNRI for the last five years, giving agency clients an opportunity to leave behind urban life and enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, boating, and nature walks.
Pictured: Fellowship Place Board President Anne Demchak with the winners at the award ceremony. From left to right, Don, Zane, Anne (in orange sweater), Cheryl, Betty, Ken, and Desiree.
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