Five days each week, participants are dropped off by parents and caregivers to learn, work, and thrive in our warm and welcoming teahouse. Protection of this vulnerable population is of the utmost importance. We love providing a safe haven for our participants – and other adults with disabilities in the community.
Our community-based day program is headed up by Alicia, our day program manager, and many fun, engaging and stimulating projects are scheduled throughout the day. You might walk in and find several of our participants doing art therapy with Kristen, playing a card or board game or, if it’s Wednesday, participating in a group project of preparing a lunch of the group’s choice. During the warmer months, there is wonderful laughter coming from our courtyard garden where our participants maintain the flower beds & pots which adorn ExtraSpecialTeas.
Our supported group-employment program is headed up by Kristen, our vocational teacher. Participants work on the tea room floor and are involved in all the duties of running a tea room – like greeting and waiting on customers, running the cash register, stocking shelves, busing tables, and washing dishes. On Thursdays Kristen takes a group to do the gluten-free baking for our tea house at Hevreh Temple’s commercial kitchen and Alicia heads up a group that stamps all our paper goods, such as bags and labels.