“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Inspire me and I learn.”
- Benjamin Franklin
Connecting with Community (CWC) has been providing services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1995 through the Supported Living Services (SLS) waiver. The philosophy of CWC is to assist individuals in achieving interdependence. We believe that this can be accomplished by allowing the individual to have as much control over their life’s decisions as possible; by engaging the individual in defining the challenges they face; by designing activities to promote their capabilities and by focusing on connecting individuals, not fixing them. Our Mission is to effectively support individuals with developmental disabilities as they explore their options, take part in their community and participate in the lifelong process of personal growth and development.
The services that we offer under this waiver include: Personal Care (PC), Homemaker Enhanced (HE), Mentorship, Supported Community Connections (SCC), and hourly Respite. PC, HE, Mentorship and Respite are 1:1 (individual to staff). SCC is completed in small groups with one provider. For larger groups, we use “The Buddy Bus”. Our community activities include: team sports, YMCA, hiking/walking and field trips.
CWC has also recently received day program approval from the Division of Developmental Disabilities, for a site based operation. The program, Club of Arts (COA), is an innovative arts/learning center day program dedicated to individual enrichment, community development and creative empowerment. COA’s mission is to provide an art atmosphere that promotes creativity, independence, dignity and community integration; by ensuring that those with disAbilities have access to artistic expression and quality life skills education. A sample of our offerings in Classes includes: Hands on Clay, Leather Crafting, Sew Easy, Mosaic Glass, Computer Classes for all levels, Relationships and Social Skills, Photography, Weaving, Scrapbooking and Eating Right Cooking class. We also offer dance, movement and theater classes. With regards to community development, we provide opportunities to showcase individuals’ talents in Visual and Performance Arts at community events that engage people of all abilities. In Oct. we had an art opening and reception showcasing some student art at Academy Frame. It was a huge success and the students were very proud of their art. The show is over now but you can still see some of their art as well as see them creating their art, at our site, at 505 E. Columbia St., Suite #130 CSC, 80907. Or, contact us with questions or for a class schedule.