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Community Connections

Community Connections, our day program, provides over 100 individuals with developmental disabilities a dynamic multi-learning environment that prepares them for independent living. Community Connections has two integrated components:

  • Habilitation - offers a full schedule of educational, creative, and recreational activities in a supportive life-skills training environment
  • Vocational - provides clients with the opportunity to participate in vocational training and employment opportunities both on and off campus

Habilitation Day Program

The goal of our day program is to provide a set of integrated activities that help prepare individuals with developmental disabilities to learn life skills and find fair paying employment. 

The Community Connections day program has a unifying monthly theme, like Easter, Earth Day, or nutrition, that runs through all our daily activities during that month.

Activities include:

  • Educational – Computer lab, math, reading, learning personal information, safety rules
  • Creative – arts, theatre, dance, and music both on and off campus
  • Physical fitness – exercise classes, yoga, tai chi
  • Cooking and nutrition – eating healthy and fixing simple dishes
  • Sensory learning – a calm, relaxing place for persons with limited mobility to learn by touching and feeling different materials and objects
  • Community Outings – Visits to city festivals, parks, libraries, and sporting events

Vocational Program

Crossroads' vocational program offers clients the opportunity to find competitive employment in the community through our Employment FIRST work-skills training program. For individuals unable to work in the community, we offer a variety of paying jobs on site.

Supported Employment FIRST is a two-tier training program that teaches basic work skills to individuals with developmental disabilities in off campus mobile crews of 5 to 8, led by a job coach. As individuals learn and maintain work skills, they enter Supported Employment, a program designed to help them find and keep competitive jobs in the community. 

Work opportunities include:

  • Recycling – we recycle newspapers for use by florists
  • Sewing – our clients sew aprons, pillows, and bleacher pads
  • Lawn crews – we do grounds maintenance at our various facilities
  • Mobile crews – off campus crews of 5 to 8, led by a job coach that learn work skills through maintenance work training
  • Laundry – Crossroads has a commercial laundry operation and clients learn to sort, wash, dry, and fold laundry
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