For “cooking up success,” Columbia Basin Care is prominently featured in the 2016 Annual Report for the Oregon State Rehabilitation Council.
The report documents the status of the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Program and highlights success stories throughout the state. In a two-page magazine spread, Columbia Basin Care is lauded for its partnership with the local Youth Transition Program.
The program prepares youth with disabilities for employment or career-related education. Working with YTP, Columbia Basin Care created a special position for Caleb Weiss, 22, to work as a kitchen assistant. For over a year, Kitchen Manager Jill Lindstrand has worked closely with Caleb, offering hands-on instruction and guidance.
“The program is incredibly successful thanks to such strong support from the community and places like Columbia Basin Care,” says Yvonne Wheeler, YTP specialist for North Wasco County School District
. Each time a business owner says yes to this program, she says, “they are doing more than just providing a great position. They’re giving them an opportunity that changes lives.”