Jobs and Training for Unemployed at Prescott Community Café

Chino Valley High School student Rebecca Eltringham, 17, and Chef Bryan Nowicki prep for a catering event later in the day Friday afternoon at Open Door in Prescott. Nowicki is working with several charitable organizations to open a Community Cafe Training Center in downtown Prescott.

Prescott AZ – Thanks to Chef Bryan Nowicki and a group of local charitable organizations, out-of-work individuals can have temporary jobs and a place to learn useful skills at the “Community Cafe.” Nowicki currently serves as executive chef and director of the food program at the Open Door in Prescott.

Nowicki believes it might lead to a number of good things in the community. Not only would the previously unemployed be able to find jobs of their own, but they also would add to a pool of culinary employees for other restaurants in town.

Jean Littlehale, senior program director for Catholic Charities, agrees with Nowicki. She believes that the Community Café could lead to lots of benefits. She points out that people who have long been unemployed often have “life skill” problems that keep them from keeping a steady job. In addition to teaching the necessary culinary skills, the Community Café would work on those life issues, Littlehale said.

For instance, she said: “How do you problem-solve without losing your job?” The training will delve into issues such as what employees should do if they encounter car trouble or if their babysitter quits suddenly.

“It may seem slight, but it is those slight things that make a difference between having a job or not having a job,” Littlehale said. “We asked, ‘what would make a difference in our town?'” Littlehale said. “Everyone said what we really need are jobs.”

That led to the idea for the Community Café. Along with Catholic Charities and Nowicki, also on board are Sacred Heart Catholic Parish, the Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), and the Coalition for Compassion and Justice.

Nowicki, or known simply as Chef Bryan in the community, already provides a version of the training at Open Door. He explained that he brings on volunteers who are out of work for a variety of reasons. The volunteers help with the cooking for the free meals that Open Door serves four times a week at its West Gurley Street location, along with the catering that Nowicki does through his Chef Bryan catering.

“Guys were coming through, and they were out of jobs,” Nowicki explained Friday as he prepared the food for a catered party later that night. He mentors them, and helps them find permanent jobs elsewhere.

The project is a good example of the efforts that the active and helpful community in Prescott exerts. It is this sense of community that attracts many homeowners who are in search of a good Arizona community. If you are still looking for that place you’ll call home, contact Dorn Homes, the number one custom home builder in Arizona. Dorn-built new Arizona homes are comfortable, convenient, energy efficient, and are situated in homey Prescott communities.




Camp Runamuk: Fun and support for families of kids with special needs

Prescott, AZ – Naomi Edwards, 11, smiled as she showed off the treat she made with frosting and sprinkles on Saturday, Oct. 8, during Camp Runamuk at the United Christian Youth Camp in Prescott.

Fourteen families attended the said camp. Hosted by the nonprofit Foundation for Exceptional Kids, which combines traditional camp activities with therapies for kids with special needs, said Allie Hepler, administrative assistant for SEEK Arizona (Specializing in the Education of Exceptional Kids). SEEK serves people with developmental disabilities, specializing in those on the autism spectrum.

“About four years ago, we wanted to offer something for our families,” said Jenna McClain, assistant director of the Mesa-based organization. “Some families who have a child with special needs are unable to take a vacation. This experience offers something for everyone in the family, and our support staff are here to help.”

Campers, siblings and parents do things they’re interested in on their own in the morning, then families come together in the afternoon for horseback riding and campfire activities at night, said Jessica Irwin, CEO and founder of SEEK. “The kids get so tired from the activities they’ve done all day that they fall asleep fairly quickly,” Irwin said of the camp that ran through Sunday.

On Saturday morning, younger campers worked on fine motor skills by making guitars and enjoying the musical therapy. They also practiced their gross motor skills by playing their instruments, singing and dancing.

“I made it,” said Alyssa Perkins, pointing to her handmade guitar.

Peyten Osborn played his guitar, then danced with his Camp Pal Priyanka Dhus to songs volunteers played on their guitars. Camp Pals are trained providers who help each child with special needs throughout camp. Meanwhile, campers and siblings whose ages ranged from 14 to 18 years old took part in the counselor in training program, making candles and using the zip line.

“I like being outdoors. I’m a Boy Scout and roasting marshmallows at the campfire last night was fun,” said Nicholas Pinto, 17, a counselor in training, who said he’s working on his Eagle project cleaning veterans’ gravestones.

At the same time, parents participated in discussions about handling behavior and finding funding.

“I always remembered the fun I had at camp,” said Beth Sandig, who was there with her husband Brad and 6-year-old son Asher. “I didn’t think Asher would get to experience that, and then we found this.”

Brad said it’s good to be surrounded with supportive people who understand their son’s sensory issues, and that this was more of a vacation than a recent trip to San Diego.

“We’re already planning to come back next year,” Beth said.
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Homes in Prescott: The Good Life in Arizona

What makes this little quaint town special to home owners? The reasons are plenty!

Homes in Prescott

  • Phoenix, the main city, is just an hour and a half away
  • Has lots of beautiful lakes, forests, and views
  • Is rich in fresh air free for all!
  • Offers recreational outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, and biking
  • Provides a haven for water sports enthusiasts with its fishing, kayaking, and boating options
  • Has a growing community of energy-efficient New Homes in Prescott

Prescott is indeed a place for the active adult community and retirees, as well. It is the best place in the South to raise a family, or spend more meaningful twilight years.

About Prescott

Prescott is a destination that transcends the Arizona archetype. No sweltering summers or miles of cactus covered moonscape. The town’s mile-high location in the Grand Canyon State’s central highlands brings four mild seasons, an average annual daytime temperature of about seventy degrees, and over 300 days of sunshine. Just ninety miles north of bustling metro Phoenix, Prescott is nestled comfortably against the Prescott National Forest.

If you are seeking a city whose culture revolves around family values and an atmosphere of friendliness and courtesy with a fair share of “culture and the arts”, then consider moving in to Prescott, Arizona – the gem of the south!

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Prescott One of the Top 55 Places for Adult Communities

New Construction Homes PrescottBecause of the sheer beauty of its scenic environment, the peaceful community, and once of a kind leisure options, has named Prescott Lakes as one of the Top 55 Places for Adult Communities.

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Check out an excerpt of their article about Prescott Lakes.

In 2004, the non-age restricted community of Prescott Lakes sprouted up near the charming historic town of Prescott, Arizona. The community enhanced the area by developing a garden-like setting and lush golf course. Residents enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding pink Granite Dells and many small lakes. SunCor constructed Prescott Lakes as two adjacent neighborhoods, consisting of the non-gated Lakeside neighborhood and the gated Brookside neighborhood. Upon completion the community will include 396 homes.

“The views are to die for,” said realtor David Sommer, who was the president of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce for eight years. “The city of Prescott has consistently been rated as one of the top ten places to retire.”

Prescott Lakes Golf Club winds through the community, and includes contoured holes and water features. The challenging 18-hole course was designed by PGA Hall-of-Famer Hale Irwin. Members and their guests have exclusive access to the course.

Buyers also have the convenience of choosing from three to four bedroom single-family homes ranging in size from 1,709 to 3,080 square feet. Ten floor plans are offered at Prescott Lakes, which include a variety of attractive features such as granite countertops, European beech cabinets, gourmet kitchens, energy efficient appliances, and porches or patios. Cooling features include a concrete tile roof, and tile floors in the foyer, kitchen, bathrooms and laundry room. Additionally offered are extra bedrooms, three-car garages, fireplaces, and walk-out basements.

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Prescott Lakes is a great place for active healthy adults to live because of the easy access to divergent activities. They do not have to leave their neighborhood to enjoy multiple Club House programs and healthy activities, along with views of magnificent peaks.

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