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Ushering in Summer Spirit, an Exhilarating Trip to Hershey Park for Women’s Residence

July 7, 2016

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Hamaspik of Kings County’s 38th St. Group Home Enjoys Day of Fun at Theme Park

When the school year ends and the summer begins, there are few better ways to mark the start of the new season than with a trip to an amusement park.

That was the idea among staff at the 38th St. Shvesterheim Individualized Residential Alternative (IRA), the Hamaspik of Kings County group home for young women.

And to make things even more exciting, staff announced the upcoming trip at the height of an in-house party held the night of Thursday, June 16.  Not surprisingly, residents talked about it throughout the weekend, in gleeful anticipation.

Early in the morning of Sunday, June 19, the group home’s dedicated Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) lovingly supported residents through their morning wake-up routines.

But by around 9:00 a.m., with breakfast squared away, the day became anything but routine.

The residents bundled themselves into a Hamaspik van, and tireless DSPs Ruchie Herman and Ileana Tintea took the lead positions up front—a position from which, both figuratively and literally, they would help the residents have a completely thrilling day at Hershey Park.

Arriving in Pennsylvania some two hours later, the group first settled around a picnic table to “recover” from the long drive—and enjoy a well-stocked fresh lunch packed the night before by staff.  Each girl had even packed their own bags for the trip, and they now withdrew their favorite foods.

By 12:00 noon, the Hamaspik group was making its way through the main entrance.

For the next three hours, the residents excitedly made their way from ride to ride, enjoying all sorts of attractions—including the carousel, bumper cars and several roller coasters!

At 3:00 p.m., the group took a refreshing snack break from all the action, recharging their batteries and resting up for the rest of their day at the park.

Getting right back into the swing of fun things, the visitors next took in the park’s Chocolate World mini-park.  Run by the Hershey Chocolate Company as it is, the park also features a chocolate-themed wonderland centered on its famous and colorful Chocolate Factory.

But while the endless range of edible samples wasn’t kosher, precluding the guests’ enjoyment, the two dedicated staff chaperones had preempted any possible letdown—by preparing chocolate goodies of their own the night before so no one would feel deprived.

At 4:00 p.m., the Hamaspik group took in the water park, riding the flumes and other water-based rides for a splash of an afternoon.

After several hours of that, as the sun came down on a wonderfully warm summer day, the young women and their staff left the park—but not without reservations.  “The girls had such an exhilarating day that they did not want to leave!” 38th St. Manager Israel Indig later told the Gazette.

Before boarding their van for the ride back home, the residents first enjoyed a picnic dinner, also freshly prepared and packed the night before.

While it was “back to normal” the next morning and the rest of the week, the excitement of the trip lasted for days, Mr. Indig reports, as the residents repeatedly recalled and relived the thrills, the fast-moving rides, the bumper cars and more over the next week.