From the Director’s Desk
The Day Programs
It is with confidence and pride that we feature the Day Programs of the Communities of Don Guanella and Divine Providence in this edition of the Newsletter. To visit our Day Programs is to experience a warm and nurturing community focused around a myriad of structured activities where caring, learning, and fun abound. A genuine eagerness and creative energy animate our dedicated staff as they meet the ever-changing needs of each of our day clients, while also achieving new outcome measures in the evolving field of services for persons with intellectual disabilities.
Located on the grounds of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Secane, Delaware County, our Day Programs provide comprehensive services daily for 250 individuals. Our clients come from Divine Providence Village and Don Guanella group homes, as well as those living in the community. Services include individual and group activities aimed at building life skills; volunteer opportunities, job coaching and supported employment; specialized services for those who are aging; and an array of health and wellness, communication, sensory, and recreational programs. The pages that follow describe these programs in detail, while providing the human lens of client and staff stories through which to view a “day in the life” of the men and women we serve. Here’s what undergirds our efforts:
A firm commitment to implementing the “Community Rule,” mandated by the PA Office of Developmental Programs, to provide increased community integration opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. Our Day Programs have proven highly successful in meeting the state’s new metrics for individuals to be engaged in meaningful community experiences.
A consistent emphasis on enhancing options for individual choice and person-centered planning based on each one’s unique medical and behavioral needs. This yields creative new ways to support some clients in the community, while allowing others to flourish in our sheltered workspace.
A genuine openness to new ideas, training, and practices, in particular for staff serving those with dementia and autism. We strive to be a learning organization that encourages staff development and growth, both individually and collectively.
We hope that you are inspired by what you read, and gain a better appreciation for the role of our Day Programs as an integral component of our continuum of care. As always, our benchmark is ongoing fidelity to our mission to serve and empower those with intellectual disabilities, and fulfillment of core values like compassion, dignity, and excellence. Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.