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Gompers Gators ‘strive’ to do their best!

By Rose Gonzales Just as we go for the gold in Special Olympics, we also strive to become healthier athletes! Recently, before our state-level soccer competition, our Gompers Gators had the opportunity to participate in Strive. Formerly known as Healthy Athletes, this initiative offered through Special Olympics helps teach our athletes how to be healthier […]

Freedom Bus visit is learning experience

By Heather Hall Earlier this week, my classroom went on a field trip to see, of all things, a bus. This was not any ordinary bus. It was the Freedom Bus, which is part of the Americans with Disabilities Act Legacy Tour. Led by photojournalist Tom Olin, a longtime historian of the disability rights movement, this […]

Safeway tour opens doors to possible employment

By Mark DeAngelis When the sliding doors of Safeway opened for Employment Services last week, it truly seemed like a promise of what could be for some of our members. Last Wednesday — the day before Gompers’ Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon — Anna, Jeremy, Michelle, Samantha and I made a trip to the Safeway store at […]

Gompers’ future is bright

By Mark Jacoby Gompers is excited to embark on our STRATEGIC VISION 2020. Over the span of several months, Gompers’ team came together to chart a course that will take us to 2020 and our 73rd year. We took a critical look at every facet of our organization to determine where our strengths and opportunities […]

Trip to light-rail station is learning excursion

By Mark DeAngelis Regularly at Gompers Employment Services, we go on learning excursions in the community. We have visited everything from sporting-goods stores like Cabela’s and major retailers like Walmart to Channel 3TV to see how things work behind the scenes. These are more than field trips; they allow our members to see firsthand how […]

Students visit horse-rescue ranch

By Roger Cardillo All children have one thing in common — they learn in a multitude of different ways. Our recent field trip to Wildhorse Ranch Rescue in Gilbert gave my Gompers Private School students an opportunity to socialize with rescued animals and understand the value of being kind to all creatures. Wildhorse Ranch Rescue […]

Coffee-shop project draws rave reviews

By Heather Hall Last school year, when our class was researching information for a project, I came across an article about a school back east that started a coffee shop. I thought, “Why not us?” I took the idea and modified for my students. Instead of the coffee shop being done out of the classroom, […]

For Robert Flynn, 25-year career was anything but a wash

Robert Flynn has turned a life that might not have been lived into a rich experience that has benefited others. Earlier this month, the 63-year-old Phoenix man retired after a 25-year career with St. Vincent de Paul. Unwilling to be sedentary, Flynn now is entering the Day Training for Adults program at Gompers to keep his […]

Assistive technology adds up to success

By David Flagg Lead DTA Staff Member How hard is it to make math more fun and interactive? Well, it can be as easy as pie — a pizza pie, that is. Andrew is one of the members served by Gompers’ Day Training for Adults program. We have been doing much more with assistive technology […]

Students exposed to new frontiers at Safeway Training Center

By Dory Chamas Life is more than reading, writing and math. It also involves immersion in other skills necessary to succeed in both work and life. The students in my transitional classroom recently made their first visit to the Safeway Training Center at our Gompers Employment Services campus in Glendale. Once there, they received an introduction […]