The Internal Job Training Program was started as a pilot program in July of 2005 at The Laurel House in Asbury Park. It has already produced some success stories; four from our first group of interns are now part-time employees of HABcore. They provide floating coverage for staff.
Mary Z. works 2- 3 hours each week. She instituted a craft program and the residents enthusiastically received it. Mary is a very talent artisan and is pursuing continuing education classes through the Department of Vocational Resources.
Alice S. provides extra shift coverage as needed. Alice plans and prepares resident meals and monitors resident participation in daily programs.
James M. works on a regular basis covering weekends as an overnight staff person.
Mario B. assists with building and grounds maintenance.
The other 3 participants in the pilot program perform assigned duties in the boarding home and attend job training classes. The Residential Coordinators spend approximately 2.5 hours a week with each participant, monitoring their progress and providing feedback and encouragement.
“My family volunteers at the Coffey residence, it is truly a ‘WIN, WIN, WIN’ situation. I am able to teach my children a valuable life lesson, while assisting the staff with one of their daily chores. However, the gratitude the clients express over something as ordinary to us as a simple meal, is by far the most rewarding part of these experiences and it often reminds of a wonderful and powerful quote: ‘We can do no great things; only small things with great love,’ Mother Teresa.”
– Michelle T.
“As a mother of two boys, eight and thirteen, I was looking for an opportunity that would allow for us to volunteer together as a family. Furthermore, given our very busy lives, I was looking for something with some schedule flexibility. Finally and most importantly I was looking for an opportunity to first hand meet some individuals who are less fortunate than us but with whom we could build a relationship over time. Habcore provided all that and more. My boys and I have been volunteering at Habcore for a little less than a year now. In the beginning, we would drop by the Coffey house for a short visit. We would have some nice chats with the residents and the boys would always end up playing video games with the residents, some playing and some just happy to be watching. We soon evolved to the “birthday” family. Whenever any of the residents have a birthday, we drop by after dinner with a cake (and now even a gift for the birthday person). Over Christmas we brought homemade cookies for everyone. My children enjoy the residents and the visits. Whenever we are driving through Red Bank they usually ask to stop by Habcore. It’s a familiar and comfortable place for them. During the month of November, we were very busy with out of state soccer tournaments, Thanksgiving, family reunions, etc. Needless to say we missed a birthday and did not visit the Coffey house that month. When we visited in December, Darlene the house manager mentioned that the residents missed us, especially the boys. They were concerned that they had done something wrong to turn us away! Frankly, I had no idea we were making such a difference and I was much moved. Knowing that you are actually making someone’s life just a bit brighter is tremendously fulfilling. As a mother, I truly hope that these visits to the Coffey house will help shape my boys into caring, giving and thoughtful individuals. And when they are all grown up and return home for the holidays, along with visiting their friends and family, they will drop by the Coffey house for old time sake.”