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Offline waltertore

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It is very rewarding work
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:47:26 PM »
I feel blessed to do what I do.  We have some great employees (disabled and non disabled) and out of this world customers.  A typical customer moment tonight - we sent the wrong pie out on a to go.  He calls from home and shares he has the wrong pie.  We make the right one and  he comes and gets it.  He wants to pay for the wrong one.  We insist it is on us.  He says ok and leaves a tip equivalent to price of the pie.  It reassures me the world is a good place working here.  We were so busy tonight I didn't get a chance to look up much or take a drink of water.  Seeing young babies, kids, families, old folks, travelers from around the world, and listening to the sounds of joy as they enjoy their pizza.  I work hard and for my age feel lucky to still be able to so.  Our ovens are wonderful and full of Mastro genius.  They bake like no other gas deck ovens.  People dig our food and our cause.  People with loved ones that have disabilities come here to eat in a stress free place for them.  One of our employees worked today because we needed her and she just left out the door to drive 11 hours to Pheonix, AZ to see her boyfriend.  Judy and have created a trip back to the past and it attracts some wonderful people that don't need wifi, texting, TV's, booze, music.  Conversation is the norm.  It was a long hard week but my heart feels good.  Follow your dreams and do good work.  That is a nice life.  Walter
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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2017, 04:05:48 AM »
walter: what sort of work do the disabed employees do. Can you please share some more details.  I think its wonderful concept. kudos to you for making the place a better place.

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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2017, 11:21:41 AM »
walter: what sort of work do the disabed employees do. Can you please share some more details.  I think its wonderful concept. kudos to you for making the place a better place.

Here is a link that I started when we first began this endeavor.  We hire people with cognitive disabilities as this is my field of expertise.  Unfortunately in the competitive job market this population has upwards of 100% unemployment at the full time level and around 80% at the part time level.   With us they do whatever jobs they can perform at a speed that will keep us in business - pretty much do these tasks - dishwashing, clean up, serving, busing, garlic knots, folding boxes, carrying orders to cars. 
https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=39889.0
 I taught special education for 23 years and convinced school districts to let me run a working bakery/pizzeria so as to train special needs students for work.  We served thousands of people a week which created relationships with the community that resulted in my students getting hired.  My last gig in central Ohio partnered us with Bon Appetit at Denison University.  Walter

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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2017, 06:28:09 PM »
Here is a link that I started when we first began this endeavor.  We hire people with cognitive disabilities as this is my field of expertise.  Unfortunately in the competitive job market this population has upwards of 100% unemployment at the full time level and around 80% at the part time level.   With us they do whatever jobs they can perform at a speed that will keep us in business - pretty much do these tasks - dishwashing, clean up, serving, busing, garlic knots, folding boxes, carrying orders to cars. 
https://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=39889.0
 I taught special education for 23 years and convinced school districts to let me run a working bakery/pizzeria so as to train special needs students for work.  We served thousands of people a week which created relationships with the community that resulted in my students getting hired.  My last gig in central Ohio partnered us with Bon Appetit at Denison University.  Walter

http://www.bamco.com/


Amazing work, Walter. Very inspiring.

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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2017, 10:22:30 PM »

Amazing work, Walter. Very inspiring.

Thanks.  Our hope is others give people with disabilities a chance.   I wish we could do more but my talent is with people and pizza not creating empires  :-D  Walter
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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 02:40:43 PM »
Thanks.  Our hope is others give people with disabilities a chance.   I wish we could do more but my talent is with people and pizza not creating empires  :-D  Walter

I hear you, walter.
 
If every one just does a little, then this world would be million times better.



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Re: It is very rewarding work
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2017, 08:08:51 PM »
I hear you, walter.
 
If every one just does a little, then this world would be million times better.

Yes  ^^^
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