Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club teaches adults tasty life lessons
Adults who participate in Devereux New Jersey’s cooking club learn valuable life lessons such as how to scout out sales, make a budget and find healthy ingredients.
In March, individuals in Devereux New Jersey’s Bridgton vocational program made frozen fruit smoothies and homemade whipped cream during their weekly cooking club gathering.
early 2018, staff members in Devereux
Advanced Behavioral Health New Jersey’s vocational training program have
been cooking up a special curriculum for the adults in Woodbury, Mays Landing,
Millville and Bridgeton.
cooking club – a highly anticipated weekly event – not only enables the individuals
served by Devereux New Jersey to strengthen their employment and social skills,
but it also encourages team members to have fun and get creative in the
instance, in March, a group of individuals in the Bridgeton vocational program,
along with Direct Support Professional Chris
Thomas and program leaders James
McNair and Janet Jones, made
frozen fruit smoothies and homemade whipped cream.
Hungry for learning
week, one individual accompanies the resident chef, McNair, to the grocery
store to learn how to scout out sales, make a budget and find healthy
ingredients. Back in the kitchen, the adults read recipes, learn about portion
size and support one other as they concoct delectable dishes.
group likes to cook, but they love to
eat,” said McNair, who came up with the idea to form a cooking club after
noticing the individuals in his program were engaged and interested. McNair and
Jones then formalized the club and created structure to encourage learning and
efforts have yielded amazing results. The Bridgeton group was all smiles as
they made smoothies and could not wait to select the menu item for their next
cooking lesson. “French toast,” they shouted – almost unanimously – as they
tidied up the kitchen together.
Advanced Behavioral Health.
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