Educational and Vocational INNovations
We are very happy to announce a new community partnership that will allow Brothers Christopher to work towards their Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Diploma, formerly known as General Education Diploma (GED), while they are in treatment at St. Christopher’s Inn for substance use disorder. This new initiative can also provide resources for additional support when the men leave the Inn.
Lila Stromberg and Elizabeth Dandreano, both counselors at St. Christopher’s Inn, worked closely with Elena Falcone, who is the Director of Public Innovation and Engagement for the Westchester Library System on this initiative. They have created a computer-based, user-friendly, easily-accessible program for St. Christopher’s Inn clients to begin or continue to pursue their TASC Diploma.
Clients who have been identified by their counselors as having basic educational deficits are encouraged to participate. Once they are registered for the program, they receive their unique IDs and passwords, and are provided access to the St. Christopher’s Inn IBM computer lab. Clients who need basic computer literacy skills are encouraged and coached through the registration process before they complete an initial assessment to help identify strengths, interests and challenges. Once this is complete, they are connected with tutoring and navigational support for the various on-line learning resources.
In addition, this partnership will provide access to resources and connections that can help facilitate navigation of legal, housing, educational and vocational support when the Brothers Christopher leave the Inn after completing treatment. Because the men at the Inn are battling more than just chemical dependency, and many of their challenges are major barriers to their re-entry back into the community, we are confident that this new benefit will positively impact the lives of the Brothers Christopher going forward.