One Step Beyond Receives Neighborhood Grant from Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation to Support Culinary Programming
By Justin Liggin -
Saturday Oct 29, 2022
One Step Beyond, Inc. (OSBI)â€”a leading provider of comprehensive programming and services for adults who have intellectual disabilitiesâ€”has received a 2022 Neighborhood Grant from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. The $5,000 donation will benefit OSBIâ€™s Life Skills Culinary Program.
â€œOur culinary program helps participants discover their passions, achieve greater independence and advance their careers through culinary employment opportunities,â€ says Jeff Swanson, executive director of administration for One Step Beyond. â€œThe Sprout grant will enable us to strengthen our programming with a focus on nutrition and education for developing healthy home cooking skills.â€
The Life Skills Culinary Program teaches participants how to work in a homestyle kitchen to learn the necessary cooking skills needed for independent living or progression into OSBIâ€™s Catering Program. The curriculum for the program is taught using a five-block system that covers safety and sanitation, healthy food plans, kitchen discovery, customer service and technique and timing skills.
Participants of the Life Skills Culinary Program participate in planning and preparing several internal catering events throughout the year. In addition, participants also receive classroom training on event planning that provide opportunities to gain the skills needed to advance to the Group Supported Employment Culinary Program.
About One Step Beyond, Inc.
Phoenix-based One Step Beyond, Inc. (OSBI) is a private, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive programming and services for adults who have intellectual disabilities. One Step Beyond empowers its members to achieve independence, self-sufficiency and employment through innovative culinary, education, fitness and arts programs as well as strategic partnerships with local businesses that enable participants to contribute to and achieve greater social participation in their communities. One Step Beyond has four locations in the Phoenix Metro area, including Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale and Surprise as well as two locations in the California Bay area: San Mateo and San Carlos. For more information about One Step Beyond programs and services visit https://osbi.org/