Center of Hope Opens New Day Habilitation Program

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA. – The Center of Hope Foundation, a Chapter of the Arc in South Central Massachusetts, opened its newest Day Habilitation program in Sturbridge, MA on Tuesday, January 2. This is the agency’s fifth Day Hab program and is serving nearly 100 adults with Intellectual Disabilities at this site.

The Sturbridge Day Habilitation program offers a variety of community based activities aligned with skills trainings, and also promotes vocational opportunities, volunteer options, and community based activities with an emphasis on physical activity.

Individuals that attend this program create schedules based on their interest and skill sets.  Program members also research and develop relationships with local nonprofits to support their volunteer needs.  Upon admission, individuals are evaluated by consultants in Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy and consultants, then train program staff in order to fulfill any therapeutic recommendations that are made.  At Sturbridge Day Habilitation, each individual is assigned a Case Manager who works with the person to develop a balanced schedule and measurable objectives based on sustaining and promoting a more independent lifestyle.

Chad Krause, Vice President of Day Programs, states “This program has been a long time coming. The agency continues to receive referrals for our services and this additional site allows us to admit new program members”.

The Day Habilitation program works collaboratively with the agency’s Employment Supports program, which provides vocational opportunities to members served. This blended model, according to Krause, “is what attracts individuals to our program sites. We recognize that each person is unique and has different needs, so everyone develops their own schedule. Vocational opportunities at the agency include working at our agency businesses, which include a candy shop in Sturbridge (Hope Sweet Hope),a  thrift store in Southbridge ( Hope’s Treasures), Auto Detailing  in Southbridge (Just the Details) as well as many other entrepreneurial social enterprises that provide work opportunities and training for individuals”.

Monthly, the Center offers a tour of the agency for those in the community interested in learning more about the agency and the services we provide to the community. The Center is hosting its next monthly “Sandwich and Social” on Tuesday, January 30th. For more information, please call the agency at (508) 764-4085.

To learn more about the agency, visit www.thecenterofhope.org or call (508 764-4085).

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