Day Program Services
Contact Denise Rau for more information
708. 398.6576 firstname.lastname@example.org
The individuals that attend our day program services are provided a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment where they find a real sense of community, while being guided by our dedicated staff to enhance those skills and strengths which will bring them the satisfaction and self-assurance they strive for.
There is a fervent commitment to promote a wider acknowledgement and acceptance of the persons we assist in the hope that their voices will be heard, their dreams respected, and their contributions appreciated. For this to occur we must learn how each individual communicates, and listen deeply. Then, as a group of staff, family, and allies come together to play a part in the creation of the individuals service plan, we will be postured to follow their lead, rather than direct their path.
Individuals can participate in developmental training programs in classrooms and community based settings. Individuals can focus on personal goals related to vocational training, life skills enhancement, or real work-for-pay opportunities. To accomplish this, the agency has invested in the development of a professionally designed multifaceted, engaging curriculum that draws on the interests and input of our participants. The focus, activities, and events change on a weekly basis, with guidance and materials supplied to the direct support professionals ahead of time.
Following are the 4 domains involved:
Life Skills, Leisure, Art, & Micro-Business
Contact Cindy Haworth for more information
773-941-4151 Ext. 213
It is a privilege, and a serious commitment, to accept the responsibility of working with an individual we serve to assist him or her with a major life change of transitioning into a different home. It is our belief that these homes need to be a part of the fabric of the neighborhoods in which they are located.
It is our duty to ensure that we are establishing safe and secure environments that facilitate the persons living there to explore the five valued life experiences as described by John O’Brien:
• Sharing ordinary places
• Growing in relationship
• Making choices
• Being respected
We will be successful regarding our efforts to integrate persons into the community when the homes are identified by the gifts and capabilities these persons are sharing with their neighbors. Each of our 10 Community Integrated Living Arrangements, that support anywhere from three to eight individuals, are staffed full time by our dedicated employees that have successfully completed our comprehensive staff training program.
The agency also manages one Intermediate Care Facility for the Developmentally Disabled, that is home to fifteen individuals. Our philosophy and approach to service delivery is the same for this setting as it is for our other residential settings.
Contact Adriana LaPointe for more information
773.941.4151 Ext. 210 * email@example.com
Garden Center Services’ Supported Employment Program is a creative approach to employment for people with disabilities and a valuable resource for local businesses. Employees receive individualized job skills training and on-the-job support to ensure their performance meets employer expectations and encourages job retention.
After a careful assessment of an individual’s skills and vocational interests, a GCS job developer will conduct a job search in the community, assisting prospective employers in the identification of appropriate jobs and tasks to meet the needs of their specific businesses. A comprehensive job analysis is conducted to ensure a good employer/employee match. An applicant is referred followed by a job interview, after which the final hiring decision is the employer’s.
WHAT OUR EMPLOYERS ARE SAYING
“Stacey is loved and appreciated by everyone and she is totally dedicated to her job. She is always on time and never misses a day. Stacey lifts the morale of our employees, customers, and visitors with every contact she makes.” Art Hannus American Heritage Protective Services, Inc.
IS THIS RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
If you said YES to any or all of these questions, you should contact Garden Center Services to learn more about employing a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability.
Employee Support Services Coordinator
773-941-4151 Ext. 210 aLapointe@gardencenterservices.org
Day Program Services
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