The author traces the origins of a sheltered workshop program (a controlled environment within the institution offering opportunities for gainful employment) at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale (Bronx), NY. Admission to the institution stripped residents of the meaningful roles they played in the outside community, he explains, and the sheltered work program offered residents roles to play. The program was seen as a stepping stone toward transforming the institution as a whole from a care facility into a real community in which care takes place. The author describes pushback from staff of other departments and discussions centering on the program which prompted reexamination of the entire institution.
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Reingold, Jacob. The Establishment of a Sheltered Workshop in a Home for the Aged: Some Initial Considerations. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1966: