From left, Regino Greco, day services coordinator, and assistant Megan Cano stir rice and pour vegetables into the chicken fried race they are making for Vodec’s Adult Transition Program on Friday.
From left to right, Vodec’s Regino Greco, day services coordinator, Jenny Salsbury, day services supervisor, and assistant Megan Cano shows Vodec’s Adult Transition Program students how to make a street corn and chicken fried rice on Friday.
Jenny Salsbury and Sean Jordan with VODEC speak with students in the Vodec Adult Transition Program on Friday.
Assistant Megan Cano and Sean Jordan, day service assistant, laugh and interact with Vodec’s Adult Transition Program students in a Zoom meeting on Friday. In the Zoom meeting: Cole Osbahr of Shelby, Logan Jensen of Underwood and Abby Woodward of Council Bluffs.
A laptop and phone were set up in Vodec’s kitchen so peers in the Adult Transition Program could learn how to make a home-cooked meal. On Friday, the meal was street corn and chicken fried rice. From left to right on the top screen, Cole Osbahr of Shelby; Sean Jordan, day service assistant for Vodec; Megan Cano, assistant at Vodec; Jenny Salsbury, day services supervisor; Regino Greco, day services coordinator. In the bottom screens, from left, Abby Woodward of Council Bluffs and Logan Jensen of Underwood.
Students enrolled in the Adult Transition Program at Vodec — a private nonprofit in the heart of Council Bluffs that provides employment, residential and day habilitation services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities — learned how to make a healthy, home-cooked Friday from behind the screen.
Peers in the transitional program have mild or moderate intellectual disability, but have recently left a high school setting and are now learning how to transition into the community, said Daryn Richardson, services development director.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the participants’ engagement between service coordinators and participants is done via Zoom — something that has uplifted the students and Vodec employees alike.
“Since April hit, we thought how we can keep them engaged if they aren’t here,” said Jenny Salsbury, day services supervisor.
The participants who joined the class on Friday — Cole Osbahr of Shelby, Logan Jensen of Underwood and Abby Woodward of Council Bluffs — chatted with Vodec employees as the smell of home-cooked street corn and chicken fried rice filled the air.
Richardson said the engagement is good for the staff too, because they are natural caregivers and want to connect with the participants.
Sat Jul 25 , 2020
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