Posts Tagged ‘Military’

Land of Our Spiritual Roots

November 21st, 2022

On February 26th, 2006, nineteen pilgrims left Texas, bound for the Middle East. Being the resident travel junkie, I was thrilled to organize the trip and tag along. The study tour included participants from six different congregations. What a joy to know we would soon be seeing the land of the Bible with our own eyes. As it turned out, it was a trip that would forever change our hearts toward the region and it’s people.

We were traveling on the heels of the recent election in Israel that transferred Palestinian leadership to Hamas. It was also just a few short weeks before Israel would elect a new Prime Minister. You might say (as many did), “Are you crazy? How can you travel to the Middle East at a time like this? All I ever see on the news is fighting and conflict.” But we knew better. Our first trip was in March of 2001, only six months after Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount, which sparked the current Palestinian uprising (a.k.a. “Intifada”). We had such a fabulous trip that we could not imagine it being topped. That is until we went back last month. Springtime, in my opinion, is the ideal time to visit Israel and the Jordan Valley. The desert is in full bloom with wildflowers dotting the hillsides and fruit trees bursting with color. Much more enjoyable than the dog days of summer, when the land is parched and the temperatures soar past 100 degrees.

Shortly after take-off, I noticed that there was a stowaway in my luggage. If you have ever read the book, Flat Stanley, you’ll understand where I’m going. My son’s 2nd grade class had recently created their own version of Flat Stanley and sent them to relatives near and far. Well, this particular Flat Stanley was destined for Israel, and there was no turning back now. He would definitely have some stories to tell when he got home!

Janitorial Responsibilities for Commercial Industries

April 1st, 2022

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Custodial Training and Qualifications

To become a janitor for a commercial cleaning company, one must first complete a demanding training course, as well as, pass a number of written exams to qualify as a potential candidate in the industry. These exams and training courses include every topic of custodial work; from chemical safety, to customer service. Janitors take on a huge responsibility when on the clock at a certain commercial business. This is because they are trusted to perform adequately and honestly while no one else is around. Custodial services are usually implemented during after-hours, which means janitors are trusted to demonstrate infinite honesty and integrity while on the clock. This is why background checks and other similar investigations are facilitated during the hiring process for a custodial technician. It is important for the employer to know they have a janitorial staff the displays the highest degree of professionalism, decency, and morality on the job.

Janitorial Duties

When it comes to the actual duties and responsibilities of a janitor, there is more to the story than mopping, dusting, and trash removal. These are simply the little tasks that custodians implement. There are many more complex duties janitors are required to perform on a daily basis. This is why custodians must be highly trained and meticulously chosen as employees of a commercial cleaning business. Tasks such as commercial kitchen cleaning, chemical use, water damage restorations, hygienic cleaning, and more are all various responsibilities they facilitate. Commercial janitors must be trained on how to care for different flooring types; such as basketball courts, Terrazzo Flooring, specialty carpeting, hardwood floors, laminate flooring, and even concrete platforms. All individual flooring requires a special cleaning agenda and process. This is one area they are extensively trained in to ensure proper care and maintenance.

Other duties of commercial cleaning staffs commonly include construction site cleanups, “green” cleaning, recycling, grout and tile cleaning, power washing, pressure washing, parking lot maintenance, building exteriors, sidewalks, tracks, building equipment, and more. They are also expected to perform handyman duties; such as lock replacements, repairs, restorations, light bulbs, faucets, fixtures, appliances, and more. They are also extensively trained on how to repair their own cleaning equipment, like carpet cleaners and floor buffers.