NBC Press: Evanger’s Supports Keshet Special Needs Foundation
January 29, 2010 (Wheeling, IL)-Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, a Chicago-based manufacturer of all-natural, high quality pet foods is beginning its fourth year of working with the Keshet School‟s Vocational Program.This program provides individuals with developmental disabilities a real-world career experience and responsibilities that may otherwise not be available to them.
In the vocational program, Keshet students receive an introduction to the workplace and are able to see their own project through from start to finish.
“The Keshet-Evanger’s partnership offers real life job training for our young adults with intellectual challenges,” declared Abbie Weisberg, the vocational program director,enthusiastically. “There are few opportunities that our students are given in which the training directly generalizes back to their home communities. Pet Supplies„Plus‟is a national chain and once the skill is mastered, our students will graduate with „real‟job opportunities. Best Practices encourage adults with intellectual challenges to live, work and recreate in their own communities. Through people like Holly Sher[president of Evanger’], many of our students will grow to be taxpaying citizens who will be gainfully employed and loving life.
”Keshet students work with Evanger’sDog & Cat Food Company to prepare sample bags of dry food;the students label, fill, and seal each bag and are able to apply skills learned to produce a product for in store distribution.On Monday, January 25th, NBC News aired a feature of the students‟ work. NBC walked through all steps of the career enhancement program by filming all steps of the manufacturing process. Afterwards, cameras followed the Keshet School t oHighland Park‟s Pet Supplies „Plus,‟to show the Keshet students passing out samples of the dry food bags they prepared.
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