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The C.A.R.E.S. Day Program
The C.A.R.E.S. Day Program is an all-inclusive, community based program where individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities connect with their local communities through volunteerism and a range of educational, recreational, and individualized activities. These activities focus on maximizing life, community, pre-vocational, social, and personal skills that will help the individual to prosper in all aspects of their lives. Many activities are tailored towards an individual’s interests, individual support plan, choice, and availability.
At C.A.R.E.S. transportation to and from day program is provided by our own employees to alleviate the need for personal and public transportation!
Our goal is to ensure participants are not just in their community, but are known as a valuable part of their community. To achieve this goal, C.A.R.E.S. has a low 1:3 staff to VIP ratio while in the community and incorporates the four components below in everyday activities:
Volunteer – Participants volunteer in their local communities at non-profits such as historical societies, food banks, animal shelters, Meals on Wheels and much more. A sense of accomplishment is gained by building personal and professional relationships with community members, resume development, and an increase in vocational skills through volunteer opportunities. A sense of empowerment is felt by participants when they give back to the community and help those less fortunate.
Recreational – Participants fully explore all that their communities have to offer by visiting places such as museums, amusement parks, bowling alleys, state parks, and zoos. These activities provide experiences that nurture an individual’s intellectual and interpersonal well-being. All recreational activities come at no extra cost to the participant!
Educational – Activities and curriculum are designed to enhance decision making, coping, and other valuable skills to prepare the participants for the highest potential level of independence within a work and home environment.
Physical – Participants are educated on meal planning, nutrition, healthy food choices, alternatives and portion sizes. Exercise is encouraged daily through dance, hikes, yoga, swimming, indoor/outdoor sports and other adapted movement activities. Our daily routine involves tips and lessons that promote an individual’s physical and mental well-being.
C.A.R.E.S. Community Day Program Hours:
8:00AM—9:00AM: Transportation provided by C.A.R.E.S. employees.
9:00AM—3:00PM: Volunteer, educational, recreational, and physical activities within the community.
3:00PM—4:00PM: Transportation provided by C.A.R.E.S. employees.
FRIDAYS: Individuals select a meal, shop and prepare the meal as part of their life skills development.