CORONAVIRUS: JARC Sends Challenged Adults Back To Work

(Photo courtesy JARC, Florida)

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: JARC Media Advisory Verbatim) — JARC Florida, a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that educates and empowers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced that its clients who are part of the Adult Day Training (ADT) Program, are heading back to work. Clients that typically work in the JARC Café 95 kitchen are handling packaging for the Meals on Wheels program with Rales Jewish Family Services; gardeners are working in the Ability Garden planting, watering and mending plants; and fulfilment center workers are stuffing, labeling, packing, measuring and sealing packages for companies like Stealth Supply in Delray Beach.

The Adult Day Training Program teaches JARC clients valuable skills, helps them gain practical work experience and ultimately become employable at other local places of business. The program focuses on specific industries including fulfillment, environment and culinary and teaches JARC clients skills such as packaging and light assembly tasks; maintenance skills; complete room set-up and break-down for events; food preparation; dish washing; busing; meal preparation and more. 

The Adult Day Training Program, which has been closed since March due to COVID-19, began the re-opening process Monday, June 15, starting with JARC’s group home residents – clients who live in JARC’s residential group homes or apartments – and is set to open back up to the rest of JARC’s clients on Monday, June 22. The two groups will continue to switch off each week in order to maintain a 50 percent capacity level within the program’s facility.


In addition to new operational levels, Coronavirus testing is being conducted on JARC’s campus for its staff and clients.


Other Adult Day Training Program protocols and procedures enacted by JARC FL due to COVID-19 are as follows:

  • A COVID-19 test must be completed no more than 7 days prior to June 22, 2020. Clients must self-quarantine while results are pending;
  • All returning clients to any JARC FL programs must return a signed waiver prior to starting;
  • Masks and face shields are required while on campus;
  • Community clients must undergo temperature checks before exiting the vehicle upon arrival;
  • Clients must be escorted by staff members into the building and pass through three different stations prior to entering the work area – a second temperature station, hand sanitizing station and face shield pick-up station;
  • Clients are escorted by staff members to their assigned work areas;
  • All areas of the facility are marked indicating one-way traffic to ensure social distancing;
  • Each work area has assigned break times where clients can go outside with their instructor under proper social distancing guidelines;
  • Clients and staff members will be given hand sanitizer hourly while at the facility;
  • A “safe place” will be identified to accommodate client needs; and
  • At dismissal, clients are escorted by staff members to vehicles. 

About the Adult Day Training Program

The Adult Day Training Program teaches JARC clients valuable skills, helps them gain practical work experience and ultimately become employable at other local places of business. The program focuses on specific industries including fulfillment, environment and culinary and teaches JARC clients skills such as packaging and light assembly tasks; maintenance skills; complete room set-up and break-down for events; food preparation; dish washing; busing; meal preparation and more.

The Adult Day Training Program’s goal is to prepare clients for JARC’s Community Works Program, and ultimately help the clients secure employment. Through the Community Works Program, JARC pays the clients directly; the clients are part of the workforce and a team; and the participating businesses receive quality work. As part of the Community Works Program, currently, more than 70 clients work at 17 South Florida businesses, such as The Cheesecake Factory, Marshall’s, Woodfield Country Club, among others.

JARC Florida, a non-sectarian organization based in Boca Raton, provides group homes, apartments and vocational training for adults with developmental disabilities. It strives to assist each individual with becoming all he or she is capable of being and encourages this growth in a caring, nurturing environment. It is the mission of JARC, in partnership with the families of its clients, to promote independence, dignity, and self-respect in order to create more fulfilling lives. JARC currently operates ten group homes in the Boca Raton and Delray Beach area for adults with developmental disabilities. JARC offers apartment living for those who do not require 24-hour supervision as well as vocational training in the Mel & Elaine Stein Living and Learning Center. The organization was created in the mid 1980′s in response to the needs of families with adult children with developmental disabilities. Learn more at http://jarcfl.org.


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