This program, gives families one weekend off per month. For many families this is the first time they have had the ability to plan dinners out, a weekend away, time with siblings or just see a movie. The individuals in this program have significant disabilities and many have complicated medical needs.
This program allows families two full days of respite every week. This program serves our families in greatest need. Most families in this program are headed by single parents or elderly parents.
This program is designed for working parents. The program is centered around recreational activities and personal care. For many families work had not been an option because they could not find the care their children needed.
The Respite Center serves children from birth to three years. Children in this program have significant disabilities and medical issues. During the course of the day children receive the physical, occupational, and developmental therapies they need combined with water play, crafts and fun. These activities take place around medication, tube feedings, and medical procedures
At the age of 22 families face the end to entitled educational services provided by schools. Many adults with disabilities end up at home with little to do. Our program concentrates on teaching the daily living skills that are needed for each individual to reach their highest level of independence. Goals range from learning to shower independently to learning how to interact in a public place.
Camp Respite runs during school vacations. It allows children with disabilities to experience camp, just like their peers without disabilities. Wheelchairs, developmental delays, and medical needs do not stop them from participating in music, crafts, stories, swimming and recreation.
We have developed thirteen job sites. We provide job development, training and coaching within these sites for many of our adults with developmental disabilities. The joy of having a job has the wonderful effect of increasing self-confidence, responsibility and the overall feeling of being a productive part of society.
The first Saturday night of the month we sponsor “Saturday Night Out.” Our most popular outings are pizza followed by bowling, movies, carnivals, and High School sporting events.
We have partnered with the elementary schools in town to teach disability awareness. We visit every second and third grade classroom and answer questions about disabilities. After our initial visit the students come to the Respite Center to meet children with disabilities.