Exhibiting good customer service skills, Snack Shack trainee Nicholas verifies he has given Derrick the correct change at Sertoma Centre Inc. in Alsip. | Supplied photo
Updated: September 19, 2013 9:16AM
Sertoma Centre Inc., 4343 W. 123rd St., Alsip, recently opened the Snack Shack to bring a new training opportunity to people with disabilities.
The program offers experience in customer service, cashiering and monitoring inventory, according to a news release issued by Sertoma.
People who are interested in being in the training program are interviewed and must complete a money skills assessment.
The Snack Shack offers two positions: a trainee and an intern. A trainee handles the money transactions. An intern assists the trainee in gathering the orders and restocking the fridge and counter.
Participants who complete the program and demonstrate competency will be referred to Insite Training Systems for assistance in finding community employment.
The Snack Shack, 4100 W. 127th St., Alsip, offers a wide variety of food items including burgers, chicken sandwiches, pizza, nachos, sweet rolls, granola bars and ice cream.
Business has been steady every day.
Snack Shack profits are used to pay trainee wages, purchase equipment and purchase products to sell, a spokesman said.
Sertoma Centre Inc. is a nationally accredited, nonprofit agency that provides services for more than 725 people with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities or mental illness.
For more information, contact Amy Chmura, director of advancement and communications, at (708) 730-6206, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.sertomacentre.org.