What it means to be a job coach: A look into Benedictine Employment Services
Looking over the shoulder of a team member polishing the vinyl of a dark blue SUV, Bubble Bee Carwash Manager Andy Halverson describes a typical work day at Benedictine’s on-campus business as: invigorating, exhausting and fulfilling.
Halverson became car wash manager in December, but it’s clear his job comes with more than one title. Overseeing a crew of up to eleven individuals, all a part of Benedictine’s Adult Services program which provides meaningful day activities for individuals with disabilities, Halverson also serves as mentor, co-worker and job coach.
“I’m amazed every day,” said Halverson. “This is a detail oriented group and they do an unbelievable job, work well together plus enjoy real comradery.”
As a carwash service, the crew at Bumble Bee can handle any vehicle from sports cars to family vans. The team gets right to work as soon as the tires roll to a stop inside the garage. In no time, a pair begins vacuuming the interior while other team members grab floor mats or tackle the windows and trim.
Team work like this comes from practice, and each day presents another opportunity to build and refine employment skills developed here. It is Halverson’s job to keep the crew on task and provide guidance and training along the way.
For his team, each new experience makes the next one easier, explained Halverson who, along with his assistant job coaches, serve as constant encouragers for the carwash crew.
Tasks like answering the phone, completing service slips or greeting customers when completed are all rewarded with a, “great job!”
Each finished vehicle comes with an overwhelming sense of pride for having contributed and a job well done for the men and women at Benedictine.
To learn more about Benedictine’s Employment Services give us a call at 410-634-2112.