All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Q&A Associates is offering a wood working course to clients participating in the young adult transitional living programs. The course provides opportunities for the clients to learn a trade as well as practice independent living and academic skills. The young men and women begin their wood working experience with basic skills such as learning how to use a tape measure, identifying the various hand and power tools in the wood shop, practicing being a member of the team, and learning different types of wood and how they are used.
The course is being taught by Scooter Goldman, a retired cowboy who spent years on the rodeo circuit. He is also a very talented wood craftsman who enjoys honing his skills and creating beautiful wood pieces from flower boxes to intricate tables and decking for houses. The clients really enjoy working with “Mr. Scooter” and respond well to his guidance. “I love working with the young adults, seeing them learn new things and be proud of what they have created,” said Scooter. He also spends a good deal of time helping them understand the importance of organization and neatness, as well as practicing their interpersonal communication skills.
The wood shop was created in the memory of David Bishop, Q&A COO Keith Bishop’s father. When Mr. Bishop passed away, his wood working tools were handed down to Keith who, along with his mother, wanted the tools to be used for a higher purpose. “I can’t imagine a better use for the tools than to help young adults learn vocational skills and develop talents which will take them into their independent lives,” said Keith. “My dad would be very happy to see the wood shop in action,” he continued.
The clients have made some beautiful pieces, including benches made from pine and red oak, bird houses with intricate detailing, a vanity made from wormy chestnut found on our Cabin Mountain property, and large flower boxes. Many of the pieces have sold for top dollar, and the crew is now working on commissioned pieces. Each participating client will receive a percentage of money made from the sale of their products, helping them learn more about entrepreneurship as well as reaping the tangible rewards of their labor.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs works with young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.