May 20

ITOP Volunteer Appreciation Event Held

On May 15, Bethany Village hosted a special volunteer appreciation luncheon for the students of the Integrated Transition Options Program (ITOP).  The students were recognized for their valuable contribution that varies between 600 to 1,000 hours per month.

Bill Serr, President and CEO of Graceworks Lutheran Services and Dr. Tom Henderson, Superintendent of Centerville schools, attended the event and are pictured with the students.

ITOP is both a Special Education and Career Technical Program for students with special needs ages 18-22. The ITOP curriculum provides students with opportunities for individualized career exploration, employability skills training, on the job training and transitional skills for independent living.  The partnership with Bethany Village has been in place since 1995.

“Our partnership with the supervisors and staff of various departments across the Bethany Village Campus has enhanced the employability of ITOP students for over 20 years,” states Judith Brothers, Job Training Coordinator for Centerville City Schools. “Students gain valuable experience in real world work environments on the Bethany campus that leads to competitive community employment and enhanced opportunities for independent living.”

The partnership enhances the ITOP curriculum by providing on site job training experiences for students in:

  • Dietary:  Linden House kitchen: food prep and date stamping perishables; Vista Place: setting tables, stock beverage cart, set up bussing carts
  • Training & Developments: copy, collate staff training materials
  • Marketing: collate marketing materials, assemble marketing folders for several offices
  • Clerical: confidential document collection, preparation and shredding for all Linden House offices
  • Housekeeping: cleaning and vacuuming employee dining areas Linden House
  • Holiday decorating in Linden House and Vista Place
  • Alma’s Shoppe: sales & customer service on Wednesdays