Home at Last Humane Society, 200 River Road, The Dalles, is providing work experience for job seekers from Opportunity Connections, a Hood River-based group serving those with developmental disabilities.
Home at Last provides temporary housing and rehabilitation for homeless companion animals, low cost community spay and neuter vouchers, and emergency food for pets, among other programs.
One such program is a mobile can and bottle recycling drop off station — and that’s where Opportunity Connections comes in. Clients are receiving real-world experience, and Home at Last receives much needed help with the collection program.
Can and bottle sorting is a small production setting, so the experience gained can carry over to other workplaces. The job seekers are volunteers but will work a regular schedule and will be expected to have good job performance.
“We at Home At Last want to make it a useful experience,” said John Wong, volunteer coordinator. “However, it’s not all about just work around here. The job seekers also spent time giving the cats plenty of attention.”
“This looks to be a promising start for ongoing vocational job experience,” said Katie Maple, services director. “This early start can go any number directions. The Day Program attendees have created the Pet Connect Club to care for cats and to help them find homes by making videos for those looking for cats to see what they’re like.”
Home At Last thanks Opportunity Connections for their support and hope to expand the program into a full partnership.
Source: Hood River News