DRS Students & OHEL Day Hab Individuals Pack Mishloach Manos at the OHEL Gifts @ Work ProgramÂ
Over 50 students from DRS high school recently joined men and women from the OHEL Bais Ezra Day Habilitation Program. Students and individuals with disabilities spent an enjoyable morning packaging several hundred mishloach manos as part of OHELâ€™s Gifts @ Work Program.
This unique Gifts @ Work program provides skill building, job training and a stipend for individuals with disabilities. Mishloach manos are packaged individually based on orders from community members who recognize that this is a â€śrealâ€ť with â€śrealâ€ť benefits to OHELâ€™s individuals and a great Purim package to share with family and friends. The program offers a sense of dignity and accomplishment to OHELâ€™s individuals. It is a fun program that employs individuals with disabilities while at the same time allowing community members to visit the OHEL Day Hab Center, learn about OHELâ€™s programs, jointly package the mishloach manos and then purchase meaningful gifts for family and friends. Mishloach Manos packages are filled with useful gifts such as a blanket, tumblers, and delicious cookies and nosh. Â
DRS, Investors Bank, Mutual of America and girls from Bergen County have all participated in packing Mishloach Manos. The DRS boys enjoyed working alongside OHEL individuals and they also led Day Hab participants in Tu Bâ€™Shvat games and songs. â€śIt was a great way to learn about OHEL programs, interact with adults with disabilities and also have a great time. Iâ€™m glad to have met Yoni, Miriam, Danny and seen their Day Hab Program and work alongside themâ€ť said Mordy, a senior at DRS. It was both a bonding and rewarding experience for everyone involved.
For more information about OHELâ€™s Gifts at Work program, and to order your mishloach manos now, please visit www.ohelgiftsatwork.org.
Since 1969, OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services has served as a dependable haven of individual and family support, helping people of all ages effectively manage disability, surmount everyday challenges, heal from trauma, and manage with strength and dignity during times of crises.