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By Robert Hedden

Stellar Care and Services helps adults with developmental disabilities be active members of their mainstream community and experience all aspects of community life like every other adult. In return, we believe communities are healthier when all people contribute according to their strengths.

The Stellar Care supported community connections day program services are designed with the goal of increasing the individual's independence with support and/or training to enable the increased mobility, decision-making, self-advocacy, money management, consumer skills, relationship building, and communication skills that allow persons with developmental disabilities to live, thrive and take their place in the world. Each person’s activities reflect their personal definition of a Meaningful Day. Each day’s activity should help move the individual closer to a specified outcome identified in his/her Individual Service Support Plan. Stellar Care takes pride to find a good fit between our staff and the person served. Our staff are trustworthy, person-centered, supportive, creative, reliable, positive people who are respectful of the persons they serve. Stellar Care staff pick up at the person’s home and transport them to activities in their local community.

We believe that everyone has the right to participate in activities that most adults in our society take for granted…including enjoying areal vacation that provides the opportunity for personal growth, recreation, and socialization. Stellar Care Vacations are affordable, chaperoned travel opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Vacations in 2012 include Breckenridge, Mardi Gras, San Diego, Hawaii, Alaska, The Bahamas, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, New England, Disney World, and Las Vegas! All Vacation Trips and Day Trips leave from Colorado Springs.

Stellar Care Day Trips planned for this year mayinclude visits to the top of Pikes Peak, the Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Will Rogers Memorial, Air Force Academy, Rock Ledge Ranch, Olympic Training Center, Seven Falls, and other attractions in the Colorado Springs area. Day Trips may include outings to Denver to visit the Zoo, Colorado History Museum, Art Museum, Aquarium, Botanic Gardens, Museum of Nature and Science, or Elitch Gardens Amusement Park; or to Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Colorado State Fair, Colorado festivals…and even river rafting excursions!

Information presentations about Stellar Care Vacations are held at 6 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Stellar Care office located at 225 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., Suite 140. Contact (719) 229-4935 or visit www.stellarcare.org.