We opened Café Arpan in 2018 to propagate more real employment for adults with developmental disabilities like autism, Down Syndrome, and other disabilities.
While our successful crowd funding campaign through Impact Guru provided us with enough funding to manage some of the ensuing recurring expenses, we have a long way to go to make this sustainable.
Do help us to make this a success … click here to Donate now!
Supported employment has always been about real community jobs for all people, specifically those individuals with significant disabilities. Supported employment advocates for full physical and social participation.
At Yash Charitable Trust we run a supported employment initiative called Arpan. Our team of which our individuals with developmental disabilities are an integral part, run a daily tiffin service. Delicious home cooked meals are freshly prepared on a daily basis.
Full meal vegetarian dabbas start at Rs. 120 and includes four chapatis, rice dal, sabji and salad.
Fresh package of home-grown sprouts, fried onions, and ginger-garlic past available on order!
To order contact Arpan tiffin service at +91.989.241.8057. 9:30 AM – 6:00PM, Monday – Friday.
Delivery zone includes: Juhu, Santacruz & Vile Parle (W), Khar & Bandra (Linking Road & Carter Road).
Watch Waquar Rehman, from Bindaas Republic, talk to Sushama Nagarkar, Managing Trustee of Arpan, about the employees and the experience of creating a meaningful environment for those who are differently abled.
Tarang : Music Group
Since June of 2016, we have launched Tarang, our own music group. Spearheaded by Rajiv Kamath, a parent volunteer, team Tarang practices on a regular basis and has a growing repertoire of Hindustani classical, semi-classical, Western jazz and pop under its belt.
In 2016, the team performed at several different venues:
- Neurogen, New Bombay: April
- Abhilasha Annual Day, Mumbai: April
- Sanskruti Marathi Mandal, Thane: September
- Experience Commerce, Mumbai: October
- Chinmaya Naada Bindu, Pune: October
- Book Launch, Santacruz, Mumbai: October
- Private gathering in Bandra, Mumbai: November
- Grindwell Norton Laxmi Puja: November
- Grindwell Norton 75th Anniversary celebrations at the Leela: December
- Reach Out Camp at the Yoga Institute: December
Our individuals are hugely talented!
This video was taken at the Grindwell Norton 75th year celebrations:
Contact us for details on how you can support Tarang.
Adult Support Kendra
When young people hit their adolescent years and transition issues assume priority, it is often a time for new challenges and bit of trepidation as to “what next?” We, at YCT, recognize that this is a time when families may need a different type of support that addresses critical questions of vocational training, employment prospects, dealing with sexuality, setting goals for adult living, estate planning and so on.
We are excited to announce the Adult Support Kendra (ASK) an exciting new initiative that will help families to navigate these complex and somewhat overwhelming issues. ASK is being manned by a dedicated group of professionals in the field of counselling, psychology, special education, occupational and physical therapy who collectively have over 150 years of experience in the field! Valuable parent-to-parent support is provided by frequent interactions and guidance.
For more information please call+91.989.241.8057 or email us at ASK@yashcharitabletrust.org
Our ASK Partners:
Collaboration with Robin Hood Army
As a part of our community involvement, we provide 25 fresh nutritious meals on a weekly basis to a group of street children who live a few kilometers away from our center.
We seek donations from community members for this initiative.
Please call us at +91.989.241.8057 for details and do donate generously.
Promoting Sustainability at Arpan
Since May of 2016, under the expert guidance of Mr. Julius and the Enactus team from M. L. Dahanukar college, Vile Parle, we have begun to make compost with our kitchen waste and develop our own little kitchen garden. It is a work in progress and very exciting to see healthy, happy plants take root. We threw a party when our first bhindi appeared!
Weekly Self-Enrichment Activities
The YCT team enjoys engaging and inclusive sessions with many different volunteers on music, dance, computer literacy, cooking and baking, meditation and physical therapy.
The challenge continues to be to find a venue that is inexpensive.