ABOUT THE PROJECT

Carey Services is transforming our workshop space to create a training and career development center to offer career and life skills development. In this space, individuals with disabilities can gain and improve life skills, explore career options and receive training to ready themselves for community-based employment. Modular learning labs will create community and education paths with relevant connections to employment needs and opportunities to achieve individual goals. Each learning lab will have relevant connections to the broader community. Learning labs to be included are Equipment Repair & Janitorial, Foodservice, Gardening, Hospitality & Healthy Lifestyle, Instructional Center, Pre-manufacturing, Public Services, Retail and Technology. The areas to be included are overviewed below.


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Bridge the Gap

This new space will offer career and life skills training through practical programming and hands-on training. Individuals will choose their path. They will develop skills that will increase their knowledge, independence and confidence, all while turning their abilities into opportunities. This training center will help them learn skills they need for their community-based employment dream to come true. However, we need your assistance to make this happen.

We have identified a gap in funding and need your help to bridge this gap. There are a variety of ways you can help.

  1. Give a monetary donation - You can give online (click here to give) or you can mail or drop-off your gift to 2724 S. Carey Street, Marion, IN 46953. The graphic below shares some ways your gift can help.
  2. Become an underwriter of a learning lab - For information on this opportunity, contact Kelly Scher, Director of Fund Development, at 765-668-8961 ext. 124 or kelly.scher@careyservices.com or Jim Allbaugh, President/CEO, at 765-668-8961 ext. 102 or jallbaugh@careyservices.com.
  3. Share your talent - As we plan to open this transformational space, we are looking to the community to share their time and talents. Anyone interested may reach out to Kelly Scher, Director of Fund Development, at 765-668-8961 ext. 124 or kelly.scher@careyservices.com or Jim Allbaugh, President/CEO, at 765-668-8961 ext. 102 or jallbaugh@careyservices.com.
  4. Partner for employment - Community-based employment for an individual with disabilities benefits both the individual and the employer. To discuss this opportunity contact Kelly Scher, Director of Fund Development, at 765-668-8961 ext. 124 or kelly.scher@careyservices.com or Jim Allbaugh, President/CEO, at 765-668-8961 ext. 102 or jallbaugh@careyservices.com.

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WHAT'S IN THE TRAINING AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER?

The training and career development center will have nine modular learning labs along with a central community space.  Some of the career and life skills that will be a part of each learning lab are overviewed below.

Foodservice

Meal preparation, cooking, serving, setting tables, dining room and dish cleaning, order accuracy, customer service, following procedures, communication

Public Services

Filing, sorting, cleaning equipment, filling orders, inventory control, following procedures, communication, attention to detail

Pre-manufacturing

Counting, organizing, documenting, stacking, assembly, packaging, light hand tool training, work safety instruction, teamwork, time management

Instructional Center

Internal and external use for large in-person classroom training and instruction, allows for larger scale integration of populations of varying abilities, trainings for businesses/groups on working with individuals with disabilities

Technology

Typing, basic computer skills, personal use of social media, job search training, virtual meeting and networking, smartphone use, internet safety, self-responsibility

Gardening

Production of produce, plants and flowers, watering plants, creativity, communication, planning, following directions

Hospitality & Healthy Lifestyle

Including tasks for hospitality/housekeeping and personal care such as changing sheets, laundry, cleaning bathrooms, straightening, vacuuming, sweeping, customer service, communication, time management

Retail

Handling cash, counting money, cash register training, stocking/restocking shelves, space conversion, inventory counting and control, merchandise displays, office setting etiquette

Equipment Repair & Janitorial

Cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, chemical management, paper towel/toilet paper dispenser changing, trash management, use of protective equipment, planning, time management

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