New City, NY (September 3, 2014) – On Tuesday evening County Legislators recognized Camp Venture, a not-for-profit provider of care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities, for the organization’s successful effort to establish an affirmative business that will provide job training and employment opportunities for participants of the organization’s Adult Day Program, which serves over 450 persons with developmental disabilities on a daily basis.
The Camp Venture Print Shop, a specialty advertising business, is training participants to produce imprinted merchandise for sale to area businesses. A competitive wage will be paid to trained participants working on contract orders.
County Legislator John Murphy, who sponsored the recognition, explained that the State and Federal Governments have required organizations like Camp Venture to advance career opportunities for their consumers that will promote community integration and greater independence. “Camp Venture has complied by creating support services for their consumers as well as this affirmative business employment opportunity,” said Murphy. “The end goal is to move people from sheltered workshops and non-vocational programs into private sector jobs.”
Chairman Alden H. Wolfe and Legislator Murphy presented Certificates of Appreciation to Print Shop Participant Nancy Puchniak and to Venture staff members George Giddies, Mynor Lucero and Christina Forlow.
Ms. Puchniak thanked the Legislature for recognizing the program and explained the training and imprint process. “It is exciting to learn how to fill the orders and work the machines,” said Ms Puchniak, “and I am looking forward to working in The Print Shop.” Ms. Puchniak presented Legislators with hats and cups imprinted with Camp Venture’s logo. Camp Venture’s Executive Director Dan Lukens said, “For the participants, The Print Shop offers them a chance to develop skills and to get ready to move from an Adult Day Program into the world of competitive work. Our consumers want to work and this business is a way to develop not only the skills for a job, but also a résumé.”
For information about the Camp Venture Print Shop, call 845-624-3860.