Culinary Services Group (CSG) and Food Service Director Bruce Reinke received the 2020 Baltimore County Commission for Disabilities Employer of the Year award for CSG’s work with Gallagher Services to develop a vocational training and employment program for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). Mr. Reinke oversees a large kitchen operation on the Catholic Charities campus in Timonium, Maryland. The food service program, operated by CSG, serves hundreds of people every day including clients of Gallagher Services. Gallagher Services helps individuals with I/DD to live independently and find meaningful work.
CSG partnered with Gallagher Services to develop a vocational training program. The program consists of daily classroom instruction and about four hours of in-kitchen training daily, for anywhere from six to nine months. The partnership assesses the needs of a worksite and examines specific work duties. The program works to help resolve barriers and tailors the training program to meet a consumer’s specific needs. Kitchen operations are occasionally adapted to help consumers fully realize and leverage their new skills.
CSG considers themselves to be champions for training people with I/DD for competitive, integrated work. CSG recognizes the abilities of people and sets high expectations, while giving support through regular mentoring and on-site coaching. The company understands and applies the principles of career exploration, job carving, and job customization at several vocational training programs throughout the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro area.
This was reported by Culinary Services Group on November 3, 2020.