Dishes Washed Weekly

“Certainly, dish room operations are critical for any dining or restaurant operation, and to have our managers and chefs not have to focus on that piece of it, from staffing to supervision, and even from the quality of the work and the cleanliness, is a big, big support.” Jeff Scott

Director, Sodexo Dining at Ithaca College

Larry Workman
General Manager

For many years, Challenge Contract Staffing has been meeting the contract staffing needs of the two largest educational institutions in Tompkins County – while providing on-the-job training and career paths for people with barriers to employment.

Our fully supervised crews deliver hundreds of shifts per week to cover dish rooms and other dining room responsibilities for our customers. By focusing on delivering service to large dining hall operations, we’re able to let our customers focus on delivering balanced meals to students. When they engage our Contract Staffing business, customers know their dish rooms are running safely and efficiently and other staffing needs are being fulfilled.

And, we handle recruiting, payroll, insurance and day-to-day management for all of our crews, while meeting strict contract and legal requirements.

For all your Staffing needs please Contact Larry Workman by completing this form in as much detail as possible:

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Faces of Challenge: Christopher Teitelbaum

Chris Teitelbaum is in charge of one of the busiest—but perhaps not one of the best known—ventures at Challenge Workforce Solutions: Commercial Cleaning.

One of the organization’s four Social Enterprise businesses (along with Digital Imaging, Contract Production, and Contract Staffing), Commercial Cleaning was established over 20 years ago as a means to create opportunities for individuals who have faced various barriers to employment by meeting the community’s need for a reliable, flexible contract cleaning service.

Today, Challenge Commercial Cleaning employs a fully-bonded crew of 25—nearly all of them full-time at competitive wages—and serves over 30 customers ranging from small offices to popular restaurants like AGAVA and Rulloff's to extensive facilities like GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Sciencenter, and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.

Some of these community partnerships have synergies with other Challenge services; for instance, the recently-negotiated contract to clean the residence halls at Tompkins Cortland Community College will provide training opportunities for participants in our pre-vocational programs.

As General Manager, Chris is in charge of interfacing with clients, handling contracts, making hires, overseeing training, and scheduling the crews. He takes pride in creating opportunities for people with varied levels of past participation in the workforce to earn a steady paycheck. He says, “I enjoy providing a fairly-compensated workplace—decent jobs for decent rates. We’re now making a real effort to close in on the Tompkins County living wage for all our workers.”

Chris is an Ithaca native and a graduate of Ithaca College. Prior to coming to Challenge, he worked for over a decade in homeless and addiction services. Many of his Challenge colleagues don’t know that he is also an acting instructor with the The Actor's Workshop of Ithaca Theater Training Studio and has directed several of their productions.

Whether directing stage actors or cleaning crews, Chris is a natural leader and a dedicated citizen of his hometown.

See more: www.challengeworkforcesolutions.com/cws/staff-bios/
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Faces of Challenge: Christopher Teitelbaum

Chris Teitelbaum is in charge of one of the busiest—but perhaps not one of the best known—ventures at Challenge Workforce Solutions: Commercial Cleaning.

One of the organization’s four Social Enterprise businesses (along with Digital Imaging, Contract Production, and Contract Staffing), Commercial Cleaning was established over 20 years ago as a means to create opportunities for individuals who have faced various barriers to employment by meeting the community’s need for a reliable, flexible contract cleaning service.

Today, Challenge Commercial Cleaning employs a fully-bonded crew of 25—nearly all of them full-time at competitive wages—and serves over 30 customers ranging from small offices to popular restaurants like AGAVA and Rulloffs to extensive facilities like GreenStar Natural Foods Market, Sciencenter, and Rev: Ithaca Startup Works.

Some of these community partnerships have synergies with other Challenge services; for instance, the recently-negotiated contract to clean the residence halls at Tompkins Cortland Community College will provide training opportunities for participants in our pre-vocational programs.

As General Manager, Chris is in charge of interfacing with clients, handling contracts, making hires, overseeing training, and scheduling the crews. He takes pride in creating opportunities for people with varied levels of past participation in the workforce to earn a steady paycheck. He says, “I enjoy providing a fairly-compensated workplace—decent jobs for decent rates. We’re now making a real effort to close in on the Tompkins County living wage for all our workers.”

Chris is an Ithaca native and a graduate of Ithaca College. Prior to coming to Challenge, he worked for over a decade in homeless and addiction services. Many of his Challenge colleagues don’t know that he is also an acting instructor with the The Actors Workshop of Ithaca Theater Training Studio and has directed several of their productions.

Whether directing stage actors or cleaning crews, Chris is a natural leader and a dedicated citizen of his hometown.

See more: http://www.challengeworkforcesolutions.com/cws/staff-bios/
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