One of the programs within Catholic Charities Disabilities Services is our Adult Day Services Program. This program offers a variety of opportunities for adults and those entering adulthood with developmental disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, and other special needs. Services include assistance with social skills, pre-work skills, job skills and development, and independent living skills. Participants in the program take time to enjoy recreational skills on small group outings to places like local parks and bowling alleys. The program uses a wrap-around approach aimed at meeting the needs of the individual.
The program also offers consultations, training and skills assessments. The program works in collaboration with other agencies and local businesses to develop job skills and soft skills vital for one to be successful on the job and secure employment. This program is built around each participants' unique needs.
The reason that I enjoy coming to Catholic Charities is that everyone is very nice and friendly. We have a lot of activities inside and outside. We always learn, laugh, and have fun especially on Fridays when I get to go bowling.” ~ Tim M. (Participant)
My Daughter has been going to Catholic Charities Day Program in LaCrosse for 10 years. This is the place that teaches her to trust herself. This is the place that trusts her. Steve Burnette and his crew, Tiffany, Sabrina and all the rest have always treated Jess with love and care, and most importantly, with respect. Catholic Charities is where my daughter is most like herself. I hope she is able to be a part of this organization for the rest of her life.
We have been blessed with Catholic Charities' Adult Program for the past 13 years. During this time, we have seen first-hand how this program puts the participants first. Tim G. is a 33 year old autistic, non-verbal, intelligent man that came to our Adult Family Home with many challenging behaviors. We collaborated with Director Steve Burnette, who is very passionate about the Adult Program.
Over the years Steve and I have bounced techniques and ideas to enhance Tim G’s mental and physical growth. Steve has brought peace of mind to me and to Tim’s Family. We truly believe Tim is in the right day program in our area to best satisfy his needs. Relationships are built at Catholic Charities’ Adult Program because of the longevity of the staff, which is refreshing. Staff keeps communication open using a communication book and personally taking the time to discuss Tim’s day. This stimulating environment helps individuals to excel. We have seen a dramatic increase in Tim’s skills, especially conversational skills, social skills, and calming techniques. The staff not only engages Tim in activities that interest him, they have taken him to a new level. Staff discovered Tim is able to do Triangular division, greater/less then with shopping, and Sudoku.
Catholic Charities’ Adult Program is heaven sent. As Tim’s late dad would say, “Tim is as happy as a clam!”, which made his dad happy." ~ Stacey Parmenter (Stacey’s Adult Family Homes)