Did you know that one in every five Americans is affected by a disability that impacts vision, hearing, mobility, mental development or ability to learn? This translates into 54 million people striving to gain greater independence within their communities.*
Engaging individuals with disabilities in community activities is one of the goals at SKSF Adult Services. SKSF recognizes the needs of adults with disabilities to be included in community service projects giving them the same satisfaction as those volunteering without disabilities. “We’ve noticed the adults we serve are increasing their confidence, establishing new relationships and friendships, and feeling personal accomplishment with a sense of inclusion,” said Program Director, Kim Sommer. Volunteering makes anyone feel recognized and valued and gives the opportunity to learn and practice useful skills that can be applied to everyday life in making choices, pursuing paid employment opportunities, and service to others.
Individuals using SKSF services have been very busy over the past few months volunteering in the Colorado Springs community. Groups have helped out at the Salvation Army ringing the bell for holiday collection, helped pick up trash and rake leaves at Nancy Lewis Park, assisted God’s Pantry in Ellicott straightening and cleaning out pantry items, and gathered over ten bags of canned goods and various food items for a food bank in Calhan. Last month, a group of adults sang Christmas carols at The ARC, the interagency transition meeting, and the Independent Center. These types of projects give volunteers a real sense of belonging and contribution to society.
SKSF Adult Services, a program of Special Kids Special Families, provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and/or multiple disabling conditions. Adult Day Programs provide community based, consumer driven activities focusing on the development of relationships and inclusion opportunities. SKSF provides access to volunteer programs as well as hobby and recreational activities. Joey’s Place provides center based activities to assist in various life skills, prevocational skills and hobbies. Their new facility, located at 3450 N. Nevada Avenue, includes a large kitchen, computer room, sensory room, craft room, conference areas and a large stage to perform.
SKSF looks forward to continue engaging in various community service projects throughout the year. If you have a community service project that SKSF adults can help with, please contact Kim at (719) 634-4675. Visit our website at www.sksfcolorado.org for more information about SKSF Adult Service programs and Open House details.