Success Story: Ben Chelminsky
Volunteer, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Program Participation: Volunteer Program at NWH
Where is Ben Today?
Ben Chelminsky, who worked as a volunteer at Newton-Wellesley Hospital for eight years from age 14-22, now works in a paid position in the kitchen at the Hillside Cafe on the Boston College campus. Over the years, he volunteered in the mailroom, the receiving department and predominately in the cafeteria.
Ben's Workforce Development Path
Ben learned about the Volunteer Program at the hospital from a friend, and it fit nicely with his family’s plan to help Ben gain vocational experience.
What has Ben Gained from this Program?
The vocational skills that Ben learned and built upon at NWH have enabled him to move on to paid employment. As he expanded his skills and became more independent in the workplace environment, he was able to apply what he had learned to other environments.
"Ben has been fortunate to have gained so much vocational experience and support at Newton-Wellesley Hospital," said Ben’s mother. "His eight years of work experience at NWH enabled him to get into the much sought after program in the kitchen at Hillside Cafe."