Project Pave off to a great start at Yale-New Haven Hospital
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Project Pave off to a great start at Yale-New Haven Hospital

project-pave-2016Welcome to PAVE! Formerly known as Project SEARCH, this is our fifth year working in partnership with Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Volunteer Department. Each year, our participants experience a full immersion in the workplace, supported by job coaching and vocational classes, with the end goal of being ready for competitive, community employment.

We’ve packed quite a bit into the first two months of PAVE. First, everyone went through hospital and program orientation, received their ID badges, and learned their way around. We continued with team-building, vocational assessments, and interview skills. Students were placed in their departments and began work towards the end of September, and all is going well.

The students reported that one of their favorite lessons so far was setting their long and short-term goals. They also liked learning how to handle social situations in the workplace, and how to make each day at work enjoyable. We will continue through the fall with learning and practicing workplace social skills, along with understanding evaluations, and general job search preparation, which becomes more specific as the year progresses.

Adam B.

Adam B.

Adam Boekman
Adam has had experiences in both the Operating Room Materials Management department at the St. Raphael’s Campus, and the Unit Materials department at the York Street Campus. Both of these positions require careful attention to detail and stock work. He says his favorite tasks are putting away supplies for patients and nurses, and getting to know all of his coworkers. Adam said that one of his major strengths is that he is a dedicated, hard worker, because he likes to make sure he puts supplies away in the correct places for the nurses who need them. What motivates Adam to come to PAVE every morning is that he wants to get the job done correctly so he can complete PAVE and learn as much as possible while he’s here, and he also enjoys being around his coworkers. Right now his top goals are completing PAVE, going to culinary school, and getting a paying job.

John Cranmer

John C.

John C.

John C. is working in the Saint Raphael’s Campus Daycare Center, with the three to four year old children. He helps the teachers keep an eye on all of the children, interacts with them in their play and learning, and he sets up lunch and snack and cleans up afterwards. His favorite responsibilities are his cleaning tasks, and he feels that he does a very good job. John said another strength is his ability to work on computers, which is necessary if he is to fulfill his long-term goal of writing movie scripts. This year John wishes to complete the PAVE program so that he can get a paying job and live independently.

Patrick Doyle
Patrick is volunteering in the Specimen Processing Lab. His tasks include manning the tubing station, tube tracking, and loading and unloading the ERIC robotic cart. His favorite of these is working at the tubing station, sending back the empty containers. When asked what his strengths are, he said he is good at organizing and can be very serious about some things. He said he tries to remain positive, especially when things go wrong, and it is this positive attitude that motivates him to make it to PAVE every day. He also has a lot of patience. Patrick’s main goal at PAVE is to gain work experience. He would also like to become more social, and eventually live on his own.

Patrick D.

Patrick D.

Patrick Doyle

Patrick is volunteering in the Specimen Processing Lab.  His tasks include manning the tubing station, tube tracking, and loading and unloading the ERIC robotic cart.  His favorite of these is working at the tubing station, sending back the empty containers.  When asked what his strengths are, he said he is good at organizing and can be very serious about some things.  He said he tries to remain positive, especially when things go wrong, and it is this positive attitude that motivates him to make it to PAVE every day.   He also has a lot of patience.  Patrick’s main goal at PAVE is to gain work experience.  He would also like to become more social, and eventually live on his own.

 

Jon Gaynor

Jon G.

Jon G.

Jon G. works in the Material Services department, and follows a strict schedule where he moves from one area of the hospital to another throughout the morning to complete his tasks. He delivers mail to over 80 locations, delivers patient food, and helps staff relocate large supply carts and food carts back to the basement. He also sorts mail in the mailroom. Jon said his favorite task is delivering the mail and getting to meet different people in the hospital. When asked what his strengths are, Jon said he is a hard worker, good at staying on task, and also good at asking for more work when he is finished early. He also gets along very well with coworkers and is able to solve job-related problems. Jon is motivated to get a paid job in the community. His long-term goal is to own his own company.

 

 

 

Catherine H.

Catherine H.

Catherine Harris
Because Catherine did so well in our assessments for attention to detail and organizing, she was placed in Operating Room Materials Management. Her favorite task, and something she considers a strength, is organizing and putting away the hundreds of sutures that are returned unused from surgeries each day. Her other tasks include going through all of the returns and putting away larger surgical supplies on the storeroom shelves. Catherine is proud of her independence in her department, and how quickly she works. She shows initiative in always looking for more work to do, and gets along with her coworkers. She is always early to work and is motivated to achieve her goal of completing the PAVE program and getting a job.

 

 

Randall Womack

Randall W.

Randall W.

Randall was placed in the division of Material Services called Unit Materials, because he works on patient units. He assists the Unit Materials Associate in stocking all of the nursing supplies in three units. He said his favorite task is being able to assist others, and moving around and organizing the supplies. Randall said he is very ambitious for everything he wants to do after PAVE. He said, “What motivates me to go to PAVE everyday is to gain work experience and meet new people.” In addition to achieving his Eagle Rank, he says music is one of his biggest passions, and he aspires to do music production in the future.

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