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Pictured with the Centerplate Team at Gunstock Resort are the first CRAVE Program graduates (left to right-holding certificates) Jennifer Nelson, Stephanie Harris, and Leeanna Woods

Centerplate, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world and the provider of food services at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, graduated its first class of interns from the CRAVE program (Centerplate Recruiting and Assistance for Valuable Employees) on Friday, March 21. This 12-week,  on the job training internship program was developed in partnership with Lakes Region Community Services to provide individuals with disabilities with an opportunity to learn the skills needed to attain competitive employment in the food serves industry.

Commenting on the program’s success, John Timbrook, General Manager for Centerplate at Gunstock stated “It has been great to have the interns here each day. They really enjoy being at work  and are learning useful kitchen and social skills that will help them in future positions.” Mary MacDonald, Centerplate Assistant GM talked about the success of the program at the CRAVE graduation ceremony.  “The interns came in and developed as a team and helped us all grow. I am blown away by how our staff embraced this program. It has been wonderful to watch our employees have an opportunity to be a mentor to an intern. They embraced the interns and together worked with humor, patience and collaboration. The impact Centerplate has had on these interns pales in comparison to the impact they have had on us.” 

LRCS believes every person should have the opportunity to access and maintain meaningful employment and is committed to assisting people with disabilities reach their career goals. For more information on employment services please contact an LRCS job developer at 524-8811.