The Connections For Life (CFL) program assists individuals with disabilities in becoming active members of their community and provides in-home supervision, while family members are present or not, for those served. This program is now accepting registrations for the 2019 TEEN LINK Community Camp for individuals age 14 to 21. Please see below for additional information.
Key aspects of this program include the following:
- Volunteerism at local non-profit organizations
- Participation in social, educational, and recreational activities
- Learning new skills in real-world settings
- Maintain and support the stability of the family unit
- Gaining valuable work skills
- Developing new relationships
96% of individuals with disabilities in the Connections For Life program achieved their self-sufficiency goals and improved their opportunities for community integration.
79% of individuals with a health and wellness related goal were able to achieve those goals.
Services are provided in the community or home of the individual served. Service hours can be up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services are provided for individuals of all ages.
With services provided by the Connections For Life program, individuals are learning how to live as independently as possible. Gaining independence requires individuals with disabilities to increase their life skills by learning to develop money management skills, gaining an understanding of local services and resources that apply to the individual, and being knowledgeable of how to use community resources such as banks, libraries, and public transportation. When individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible, they have an increased quality of life and an improved attitude.
Financial difficulties, disruptions of family routines, and mental and physical fatigue are a few of the common stressors for families of an individual with disabilities. Connections For Life offers clients and their families the assistance needed to keep the family unit stable and intact.
The Connections For Life program follows best practices in the field of service delivery for people with disabilities. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), whose purpose is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services.
The Connections For Life program has developed relationships with more than 20 local non-for-profit organizations willing to provide volunteer opportunities for adults with disabilities who, in turn, provide meaningful volunteer services. Volunteer opportunities allow individuals with disabilities a chance to give back to their communities, gain valuable work skills, enhance social skills, and develop relationships with other volunteers who do not have a disability.
Increased social interaction and the development of new friendships enhance the quality of life for those we serve. Furthermore, when individuals with disabilities share their skills, stories, and potential with their colleagues, friends, and neighbors; our community is enriched.
2019 TEEN LINK COMMUNITY CAMP
June 3, 2019 to August 2, 2019
The goal of the community camp is to provide opportunities for development, independence, and contribution back to the community.
What activities will individuals be doing?
Support staff work in partnership with individuals towards activities that build each person’s skill set as well as create natural support among their peers. A calendar of events is provided to families before the start of the camp. There may be some out of pocket costs for leisure items and/or meals.
What is the attendance requirement?
Camp is offered Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Individuals are to be dropped off and picked up at our Training Center location (615 W. Virginia St). Individuals are expected to participate in the camp for the full day, and two or three day a week options are available.