Providing productive employment for the Kishorit members is a vital part of the rehabilitation process and a significant step toward independence. We believe that with the proper training, supervision, support and guidance, the majority of people with special needs can be integrated into the workforce.
In order to achieve this lofty goal, we offer professional training, long term job coaching and opportunities for employment in a wide range of settings – from agriculture to industry – that utilize diverse skill sets and abilities.
More than 95% of Kishorit’s members are in the workforce
. Employment provides tremendous functional and emotional advantages. Work gives the members a daily schedule, stimulation for both mind and body, a social outlet for connecting with friends and staff, and an opportunity to learn new things and improve their daily functioning. Through their jobs, members are able to express themselves, demonstrate their true abilities, take responsibility and learn self-discipline.
The Kishorit members choose to work, although they are not forced to do so and their monthly livelihood and maintenance is not dependent on their work. They choose to work because employment is an integral part of the Kishorit experience and the members have a strong work ethic. They want to be productive, contributing members of the community.
Approximately 10% of Kishorit’s members choose to work outside of Kishorit in the general workforce. When a member wants to work in the broader community, (s)he sets a personal goal and works with his/her social worker to achieve it. Members work in kindergartens, elder care, coffee shops, offices, and a range of other settings.
The majority of Kishorit’s members choose to work in one of Kishorit’s own businesses or kibbutz service centers. Each vocational center is overseen by a professional manager who offers ongoing job coaching and the accommodations and support necessary to ensure the employee’s success
. Kishorit’s vocational centers include: the kitchen, the central laundry, a breeding and boarding dog kennel, the communications center, a therapeutic riding stable, an organic garden, a bakery, a petting zoo, a free-range egg farm, a goat dairy and cheese factory, and a vineyard and winery.
Each member chooses where (s)he wants to work, in consultation with his/her social worker. A member’s strengths, interests, personal goals, abilities, and social integration are all considered when choosing a vocational placement. Members may also request to change their placement and to work in a different setting. Most importantly, Kishorit wants the members to be motivated to get up for work each morning, to be happy, engaged and challenged at work, to feel proud and to know that their work is productive, profitable, creative, appreciated and contributes to the overall well being of the community.