Aaron on the job!

Chapel Haven West (CHW) is excited to build a new relationship for volunteer and paid employment opportunities at the Tucson Jewish Community Center Preschool.

Students Lauren Damuth and Aaron Friedman get the spotlight this week in our Work Place Wednesday feature as they win hearts and admirers at the preschool.

They both interviewed with the Early Childhood Center Director, Joline Riddle, and were soon rewarded with paid employment.

“I think they would both be a great addition to our part time crew,” stated Joline.

Lauren and Aaron were hired for the positions of floating staff, which is a relieving staff position that assists the teachers during late afternoon hours of the day for nap and snack times. Their duties may include monitoring children on the playground, assisting in calming children down for nap time, reading to the children, preparing snacks, and cleaning duties as needed.

“I love reading, dancing, and playing with the kids. I also enjoy all the teachers and staff at the JCC because they are all really nice,” said Lauren, who came to Chapel Haven West in July, 2015 and has been living as a community member for the last year.

Lauren has had a longstanding passion for early childhood education (ECE) and interned for another local preschool called Outer Limits through her Work Study Program. She exudes excitement, positivity, and a fun demeanor that make her the perfect candidate for a position within early childhood education. Her favorite part about working with kids is “reading to them and singing songs with them.”

Aaron joined the Chapel CHW family in March, 2017 and is leading into graduating this June. He was excited to receive a paid position opportunity so soon before graduation. Aaron has exceeded expectations in the Work Study program, so when thinking through students that would exemplify what Chapel Haven is all about to a new site the team agreed that he would be the perfect fit. On his first day at the JCC the students clung to his outstanding personality and communication skills that when he was preparing to leave his shift the kids told him they did not want him to leave. He also continues to intern at Jim Click Automotive to build his social communication and vocation skills.

“I was nervous at first to start working at the JCC preschool because I have never worked with kids before, but once I met the kids and the teachers I grew comfortable and have grown to love it,” he said.

“Everything went well for their first shifts, and we are hopeful that they will continue to do so,” stated Joline.

Chapel Haven West and the Tucson Jewish Community Center Preschool are thankful to one another for this new opportunity to work together and to see how Lauren and Aaron grow within their new positions. Lauren and Aaron are both hard working and always willing to give a helping hand, so there is no doubt in our mind that they will shine through in their new position. The teams at Chapel Haven and Chapel Haven West want to congratulate Lauren and Aaron on their vocational success. Congrats!