The Step Up team participates in Community-Based Instruction (CBIs) to learn practical job skills and show off their talents and interests in the community. During a CBI, the team goes out into the community and does a job at a local business.
We followed a cleaning team as they set out to clean at LoCo CrossFit!
1:06– Everybody piles on the bus with Swiffers, cleaning spray and paper towels in hand, ready to get started!
1:10– We’re off. The conversation swirls with talk of lunch, The Jonas Brothers and playground swings. The team talks about how much longer it’ll take to get there.
1:15–We arrive at our destination. Each Step Up members gets a different checklist of their cleaning assignments.
1:15-1:40– The team is split into pairs and we divide and conquer. Each time someone completes something, they check it off their list. We vacuum. We dust. We scrub.
Compliments and excitement can be heard as each task is complete!
“I did good!”
“Great job dusting!”
“Keep up the good work”
“I did it!”
After everything was shining and dust-free, the team even had time for a little fun!
Drew tested out some of the equipment and we got to meet the owner’s dog!
1:49– It’s time to head back to Paxton. Everybody piles back in the bus and we are on our way back to campus.
Thank you to LoCo CrossFit for being wonderful customers to work for!
Right now we have four ‘microenterprises’ launched that we provide to the community: a cleaning business, a landscaping business, office work business and an art market to sell hand-made products created by the team.
STEP Up is in the process of creating a car-washing business and grocery store delivery service.
We are always looking for community partners who may be interested in partnering with our microenterprise businesses or who are interested in hiring adults with a disability. Email Katie Wilcox firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!