Gain the Skills Necessary for Life
Community-based Apartment Living
Benchmark Transitions provides a structured, community-based sober apartmen
The transitional living apartment complex is just minutes away from historic downtown Redlands with convenient access to public transportation, local area businesses, shopping and schools. Amenities include 3 swimming pools, racquet ball and basketball courts, a work-out room and more. Each apartment unit is a dual-master suite featuring two bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a living room with cable TV, a dining area and full kitchen, as well as a dedicated washer/dryer for laundry.
The transitional living apartments are gender-specific with on-site awake staff support and monitoring on a 24/7 basis. Participants are required to make a commitment to managing their behaviors, maintaining a clean and organized apartment, following curfew and program guidelines. The living is a step-down process where the participant proceeds from a more restrictive environment to a less restrictive structure.
Phase I & II participants live together with 24/7 staff support. As in most college living settings, participants have roommates and are sharing responsibilities such as cooking and cleaning.
Phase III participants move into apartments designated for upper level participants with less supervision and more freedom.
Benchmark participants develop their work ethic and job skills by volunteering at local area businesses in both Phase I and Phase II. By the end of Phase II and into Phase III, participants will be gainfully employed on a part-time basis, or will continue to volunteer while attending class and participating in the Benchmark Transitions program.
Upon successful completion of Benchmark’s inclusive Culinary Arts class, clients will be able to prepare nutritionally sound meals and enter the food service and hospitality industry with developed culinary skills needed for employment, applicable to culinary, hotel and restaurant technology schools; master and correctly understand the hospitality industry; identify small and large kitchen equipment; master baking and cooking fundamentals; apply food preparation techniques; apply sound nutritional principles to daily diet; inventory, purchase and receive goods; identify and practice proper safety, sanitation and first aid principles; demonstrate proper management principles; plan, prepare and perform catering and banquet food production in the supervisory capacity, master proper dining room service and etiquette, plan and design menus, master and practice general employment skills needed for employment, produce high quality research reports on all aspects of the food service industry.
Benchmark’s Life Skills curriculum is integrated into the program for all clients and includes hands-on practicum classes specializing in:
· Banking & Finance
· Job Search
· Household budget
· Off-property assignments
Benchmark participants are scheduled to attend fitness at least 4 times per week, 2 hours per day. They each have student memberships to the Drayson Center, the fitness center on campus at Loma Linda University. There are fitness centers with weights and cardiovascular machines located at the apartment complexes and participants are encouraged to enjoy fitness during their leisure hours. There is a fitness center at the transitional living apartment complex, as well as tennis, racquet ball and basketball, also on-site and available at the apartments.
Benchmark’s curriculum includes personal growth classes designed to help participants attain the self-direction and autonomy that is needed to become fully self-sufficient.