Metro Detroiters Living with Disabilities Step in to Help Those Most in Need During the Pandemic
Participants in JVS Human Services’ Skill Building Assistance Program donate around four hours a day, each weekday, compensating for older and high-risk volunteers side-lined due to COVID-19
In celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DDAM), JVS Human Services, one of the leading human service agencies in metro Detroit, is proud to share that participants of its Skill Building Assistance (SBA) program continued to volunteer at multiple service sites in the community throughout the last year to help those most in need.
Through the SBA program, individuals with disabilities build their skills and become more integrated into the community through meaningful volunteer work at local non-profit organizations. Due to the pandemic, many of the program’s service sites suffered a decline in volunteers as seniors, high-risk individuals and others were forced to stay home.
SBA participants stepped up for the community and helped make up for the losses by maintaining the number of hours they volunteered, while adopting and adhering to increased safety measures to ensure the health of all involved.
Under the supervision of JVS Human Services job coaches, SBA program participants volunteer an average of four hours a day on weekdays to residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb County. They complete 10 routes every week through Meals on Wheels across the tri-county area and prepare sandwiches to clients served by The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit.
Participants make an average of 1,200 sandwiches per day through The Salvation Army’s Bed & Bread program, which provides more than 3,600 meals daily. Many of those sandwiches are served from the nonprofit’s Bed & Bread trucks at designated stops along three routes throughout Detroit, as well as through Salvation Army corps community centers across metro Detroit.
“The Bed & Bread program could not accomplish as much without the hard work and dedication of the Skills Building Assistance participants,” says Chef Michael Block, food services administrator for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Harbor Light System.
The JVS participants enjoy working together as a team to give back to their community, which helps everything run smoothly at their service sites.
About JVS Human Services:
Since 1941, JVS Human Services has been a leader in the community helping individuals and businesses achieve their employment goals. The agency helps job seekers jumpstart their careers, provides enriching programs for people with disabilities and helps seniors remain active and engaged in the community. In 2019, JVS Human Services provided services to over 10,000 metro-Detroit residents and assisted more than 1,000 employers seeking job candidates for a variety of occupations and skill levels.
*Photos courtesy of JVS Human Services