PITTSFIELD >> The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has announced new initiatives through its Recreational Therapy Program. The Lighthouse Café initiative and the Transitional Program initiative will run in collaboration with local school districts and social agencies.

Recreational Therapy Director Rick Backer said, "These exciting new collaborative initiatives will help address specific needs, provide cost effective programming, and most importantly provide educational opportunities for students."

The Light House Café will be run by high school special education program students who will serve lunch and breakfast to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students will create the menu, shop for food, prepare, and serve meals. They will also be responsible for maintaining the café, greeting and cashing out customers. Takeout orders will also be accepted for delivery to downtown businesses.

The program aims to be self-sufficient and not require any funds from local school districts. The emphasis is on helping students develop essential life skills and transferable work skills for success in a community setting. The grand opening will be held after an initial training period.

The Transitional Program initiative will focus on helping students from local school districts ages 18-22 develop the appropriate and transferable skills necessary to be independent when entering the community at age 22.


The program will be individualized and include community work experience, community access and mobility training. Students will be bussed to the Boys & Girls Club during school hours.

For more information about these initiatives, contact Backer at 413-329-6180 or leave a message at the Boys' & Girls' Club of Berkshires, 413-448-8258.