The Gyro park concession stand has been operated by CDS since 2002 with great success. With a total of approximately 25 participants supported by job coaches, each crew member is scheduled for two, 4-hour shifts a week, from the beginning of May until the end of September.
The concession is open from 11 AM to 7 PM daily throughout the season. We also accommodate special occasion groups by opening early or closing later, as needed. The extra effort is always greatly rewarded with positive feedback from our customers.
- Receiving of merchandise: the participants receive stock from the suppliers, count the items, check them off and signed for the delivery as well as taking part in the stock count and ordering of merchandise as needed.
- Customer service: participants write down customer orders, list any special requests for stock, noted information re: special occasions that were being scheduled in the park and passed messages along to the Coordinator or job coach.
- Food Preparation/food safe: participants learn and practise food safe rules when handling food, they documented temperatures in the fridge and hot food as well as learning the proper measurements for cleaning of the work site and the utensils used in the preparation of the food.
- Banking: participants actively take part in counting the money daily as well as writing the bank deposit slips and rolling of extra coin.
- Hygiene: participants are expected to attend the work site wearing clean clothes and well groomed for every shift.
- Team work: participants work together communicating what needs to be done and who is going to do what tasks, making sure to take turns so all can participate in learning each task.
- Communication: participants are encouraged to take on the responsibility of filling their scheduled shift if they could not attend the site. They have a list of phone numbers and they can call someone else to see if they are able take over their shift as needed. This is very successful in encouraging conversation outside the work site and some have continued connecting socially.