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Transitions to Work-a collaboration among Combined Jewish Philanthropies, The Ruderman Family Foundation and Jewish Vocational Service-empowers young adults with disabilities to develop work skills to help launch their careers. Supported by Workforce Development, BWH welcomed the program to the hospital this summer. BWH Central Transport and Environmental Services employees volunteered to mentor eight participants, who were instructed in the classroom and trained on-the-job for 12 weeks.
These photos depict time spent with one Transitions to Work mentor-mentee pair. Learn more about the program at cjp.org/transitions-to-work.
July 17, 1:07 p.m.
Matthew Wolf, 23, of Watertown, meets with mentor and patient transporter Michelle Thompson in Environmental Services at the beginning of his shift. Wolf, who works at McDonalds on weekends, enjoys writing, music, theater and martial arts.
They make their way to 75 Francis to pick up Wolf's first patient. When asked why she volunteered to be part of the program, Thompson says: "I was happy to help. I fell in love with all of the participants. They're doing great work."
Wolf picks up his first patient to be transported across the hospital. "Are you thinking of the best route to get us there, Matt?" Thompson asks.
Wolf and Thompson clean the stretcher after moving the patient to her new room. Wolf says his favorite part of the job is "seeing how things work." He adds, "I also like that everyone is mellow and nice here."
Wolf calls in to find out his next assignment. He says his biggest challenge has been learning where the different departments and units are located. Thompson reassures him that he's improving.
The pair debrief before setting out for the next patient. Transition to Work employment specialist Micah Fleisig (not pictured) says that Wolf has become more confident. Fleisig says that most graduates are job-ready, with support, after completing the program.