Have you been in Fresh Harvest on a Tuesday and met our neighbors? Every Tuesday (through the school year) young adults from the DCSD ‘Bridge Program’ stroll down the sidewalk and pour into Fresh Harvest ready to work. Nearly six years ago when we moved into our facility, we waren’t aware of the Bridge Program. That serendipitously changed when we were visited by some very excited teachers who explained to us how we could help their students by letting them help us. We were intrigued!
The Transition Bridge Program of Douglas County School District is a community-based program where young adults (age 18-21) with significant disabilities transition smoothly from the school environment to both community and workplace settings upon meeting graduation requirements. Students qualify for the program based on their continued needs to progress toward post-secondary outcomes in adult-independent living skills, education, and employment.
At Fresh Harvest, the students light up our space as they stock and organize shelves, put together recipe ingredients, and create seasonal celebrations for the families we serve. The students are supervised by the teachers and are required to perform each task at the same level expected by an employer. This type of real world, hands-on training is so important to empowering these young men and women for a successful independent future. Fresh Harvest is very fortunate to play a small role in the development of these incredible students and would encourage any business to consider looking into the DCSD Bridge Program.