The C.A.R.E.S. Day Program is a unique community-based day program where volunteerism and outreach work is the center of social skills building. Individuals enjoy contributing to their community and having the opportunity to assist those who are less fortunate.
C.A.R.E.S. Day Programs are designed to assist self-advocates as they participate in pre-vocational activities and seek employment in the community and also save for their future needs. Participants volunteer in their local community for non-profits only, such as the historical society and food banks.
Volunteering at local neighborhood nonprofit businesses helps build relationships and connection within the community to ensure that the planned activities are facilitating the self-advocates’ interpersonal growth and vocational skills.
Activities include participating in the planning of meals, delivering meals, recycling, working on goals, enhancing life skills, social skills, decision making coping skills, vocational skills, computer skills, and health/wellness trainings. Many activities are offered and determined based on the interests and choice of the participants, their ISPs and availability. Day trips include movies, nature centers, amusement parks, bowling, art programs, state parks, animal shelters, zoos, and farmer markets.
C.A.R.E.S. Community Day Program Hours:
8:00AM—9:00AM: Transportation provided.
9:00AM-3:00PM: Programming that includes fitness and nutrition class time, volunteering for local non-profit businesses, cleaning local parks and other outside activities to support the community and teach life skills. Skills-building chores are assigned and completed by individuals and self-advocates to aid them in finding employment in the community.
3:00PM—4:00PM: Transportation provided.
FRIDAYS: Individuals select a meal, shop and prepare the meal as part of their life skills development.