What's Going On at Community Life


 

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Community Life Events

These Community Life events are available for CURRENT Community Life memberswho are looking forward to participating with their Community Life staff members.Anyone who would like to join in an extra event is expected to scheduletheir time with staff and budget for the costs if needed.Scholarships are available for people who are unable to afford the cost of the activity.Scholarships are limited and require a short request form to be completed.

 

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COMMUNITY LIFE PROGRAM

 

The purpose of the Community Life Program is to promote independent living. The program has two components; home supports and community supports. Both programs participate in the PCP process to develop an individualized plan to meet the needs of the individuals who attend.

 

Home Supports

The home support component is a vital service that allows individuals to live successfully in their own apartment. Home supports hours can also be utilized at times for individuals who live at home with family. Services rendered through home supports include teaching or improving skills in the following areas:   cooking, safety, budgeting, cleaning, and navigating appointments, grocery shopping, developing unpaid relationships, and exercise.

 

Community Supports

The main focus of Community Supports is to provide recreation and socialization opportunities. The program was originally funded by a private donation in 1996 to provide an environment so people with disabilities, with no access to programs, could make and keep friends and to become a part of their community. It became fully funded by DHHS in 1998 and has since expanded its mission to include a broad range of activities and programs that take place primarily in the community.

 

The intended outcome remains the same; to allow people an opportunity to develop lifelong connections with friends and the community. Typical groups have a certified DSP staff person to 3 participants. Additionally, there are women’s groups, men’s groups, skill groups, and an “Arts” group that have up to 8 participants and 2 DSP certified staff.

 

The groups participate in a variety of activities that not only allows them to develop connections, but also learn skills in the areas of: health and safety, communicating their needs and desires, interpersonal skills, team building, navigating the community, developing hobbies, and more.

 

Typical Activities:

Special Olympics: Community Life has a large Special Olympics team that allows individuals to form life long bonds, while improving their athletic skills. Currently, consumers participate in bowling (large and small balls), swimming, track and field events, snow shoeing, skating and Bocce.

 

Volunteering: Groups are self-directed and many participants value giving back to their communities. Groups have volunteered at the Folk Festival, Salvation Army at Christmas time, Meals on Wheels, Children’s Museum, Fury Friends and many more.

 

Community Recreation/Developing Hobbies: Bowling, swimming, going to the mall, eating out at local restaurants, disc golf, touring museums and art galleries, going to book stores, hiking, camping, boating, attending concerts, dances, playing pool, going to the gym, dance, photography, art, reading, signing, wood working, gardening and arts and crafts.

 

 

COMMUNITY LIFE NEWS AND UPDATES

 

The 2016-2017 Special Olympics year was a great success!! Amicus participants won many ribbons and medals and everyone had a ton of fun!

 

For the first time, Amicus had a group of athletes stay at Sugarloaf for the winter games!! A group also stayed at University of Maine for the summer games, a tradition many look forward to.

 

 

 

Current Medal Count-

Medal count Feb 2014

 

 

 

 


Amicus Community Life

Is Offering Something New This Summer!!

The weeks of July 24th and July 31st day trips will be offered, in lieu of typical program

 

WEEK #1 – July 24 – July 28, 2017

Date

Day Trip Activity #1

Cost

Staff

What you need

Monday, 7/24

Boothbay Railroad Village

$10

Amanda/Richard

Bag lunch

Tuesday, 7/25

Camden Hills State Park

FREE Pass

Jeff/Ross

Bag lunch, sunscreen, able to hike to explore the park

Wednesday, 7/26

Islesboro Island – Ferry Ride

$10

Rico/Ross

Bag lunch

Thursday, 7/27

Jenkin’s Beach – Green Lake

$4

George/Barbie

Bag lunch, swim suit and towel, sunscreen

Friday, 7/28

Bryant’s Stove Museum in Thorndike

$5 donation

Ross/Teresa

Bag lunch

Date

Day Trip Activity #2

Cost

Staff

What you need

Monday, 7/24

Swan Lake State Park

(Lifeguard on Duty)

FREE Pass

Teresa/Lorraine

Bag lunch, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel

Tuesday, 7/25

Rayes Mustard Mill Museum, Eastport

FREE

Kate/Robin

Bag lunch

Wednesday, 7/26

Teresa’s Camp

(Lifeguard is George)

FREE

Teresa/George

Bag lunch, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel

Thursday, 7/27

Unity Alpaca Farm

$3

Robin/Rico

Bag lunch, sunscreen

Friday, 7/28

No second activity - Some staff are at a coaches training

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WEEK #2 – July 31 – August 4, 2017

Date

Day Trip Activity #1

Cost

Staff

What you need

Monday, 7/31

Camden Hills State Park

FREE Pass

Robin/Richard

Bag lunch, sunscreen, able to hike to explore the park

Tuesday, 8/01

Lake St. George State Park

(Lifeguard on Duty)

FREE Pass

Richard/Hailey

Bag lunch, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel

Wednesday, 8/02

Teresa’s Camp

(Lifeguard is George)

FREE

Teresa/Rico/George

Bag lunch, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel

Thursday, 8/03

Explore Millinocket Galleries and Abol Bridge

FREE

Richard/Teresa

Bag lunch

Friday, 8/04

Fort Point State Park

FREE

Ross/Teresa

Bag lunch and sunscreen

Date

Day Trip Activity #2

Cost

Staff

 

Monday, 7/31

Desert of Maine – Freeport

$12.50

Jeff/Amanda

Bag lunch, sunscreen and able to walk through sand

Tuesday, 8/01

Explore Belfast

FREE

Kate/Robin

Bag lunch, sunscreen

Wednesday, 8/02

Participate in Bocce Tournament at 13th Street with Citizens of ME

FREE

Jeff/Amanda

Sunscreen (Barbecue lunch will be provided)

Thursday, 8/03

West Quoddy Head State Park

FREE Pass

Jeff/Barbie

Bag lunch and sunscreen

Friday, 8/04

Wilton Blueberry Festival

FREE

Robin/Amanda

Bag lunch and sunscreen

 


 

 


Reading Circle

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Tuesday Reading Group 

The book circle has just completed "Book Thief".  This book took us to the darkest days of World War II.  During the book circle discussions we talked about who amongst us would have been destroyed.  

In addition to reading and discussion, we had a German food tasting afternoon as well as two guest presenters.  Each of the presenters were German citizens who spoke about why we should never forget what happened and how we care for each other.  The book circle is meeting weekly with monthly excursions to the Bangor Public Library.

Our next book is scheduled to begin late January, 2015.