Fire ignites community input
They are industrious and not afraid to roll up their sleeves.
The crew at Venture Training is looking for projects to keep them active, particularly since Greater Vernon’s recycling centre was destroyed by fire.
“We are looking for people in the community that have ideas or projects that we can be involved in,” said Eileen Howells, executive director of the Vernon and District Association for Community Living.
The fire at the recycling facility impacted 38 clients who were involved in sorting.
Other activities have been found for them on a short-term basis, including styrofoam recycling and Venture’s wood shop.
Others are controlling litter at the Greater Vernon landfill while some clients are assembling wooden stakes for the heli-skiing industry.
Some landscaping work also exists.
“With some individuals we have transitioned them into our day program and social opportunities because of their age and physical abilities,” said Ed Columbus, VDACL operations director.
Those involved in work projects receive a training allowance, but the primary goal is to develop skills and ensure that they are involved in the community.
That’s why VDACL is turning to local residents and businesses to see if there are other activities its clients could tackle.
“They may have one idea that changes the lives of the people we assist,” said Howells.
For more information or to propose initiatives, call 250-542-2374.