Restoration Project is a vocational rehabilitation program for individuals with brain disorders and injuries. We teach the trades of furniture refinishing and upholstering to raise self-esteem and develop transferable work skills.
Furniture is especially suited to these goals. It is part of our everyday lives; restoring it, empowers us. Our training methods are based on education and therapy models that counteract neurological deficits and promote recovery.
If you came to Restoration Project you would see:
- A quiet, peaceful place
- Participants working on furniture independently or with a partner
- Teachers also working on furniture providing help as needed; participants helping each other
- Skilled community volunteers working beside participants; customers and visitors dropping in
- Participants on break talking with our job developer in the break room or training with a volunteer in the gym
Participants come to Restoration Project with a referral from the MA Rehabilitation Commission or their high school special education programs. Each person works two days a week and receives a paycheck in proportion to their productivity.
Restoration Project is a transitional program. Participants progress to employment in their chosen field, (usually not refinishing or upholstering,) in six months to a year with the help of our career counselor and job developer.
MA Rehabilitation Commission, Veterans Services and Restoration Project are collaborating on a pilot program of vocational and support services for veterans with PTSD and TBI.