Our criteria when choosing our son’s program was understanding transition plans, receptive to parental goals, showing (and now proving) a commitment to see Nate succeed, willingness and understanding to work with us through any potential barriers, and most importantly, the immediate connection Nate had to staff and participants. We couldn’t be more pleased with the progress our son has made with the PSL Services/STRIVE Day Program
Janet DiBiase, parent
PSL Services/STRIVE’s Community Support Program offers a wide range of community-based services specifically designed to meet the needs of participants. By working from an individualized plan, each participant takes an active part in determining the services that he or she will receive.
Funding options include: Section 21, 29 and Private Pay
If you are ages
18 and Up
Is a program for people who want more out of their day program. Participants and their teams use their goals and interests to form a schedule filled with groups offered by PSL Services/STRIVE staff and activities in the community.
Group offerings include:
Cooking, Money Management, Art, Qi Gong, Drama, Ukulele, Yoga, Relationships and Sign Language. Participants are encouraged to get some form of exercise each day, be it through a dance class, working out at the gym, swimming, bowling, or walking.
Each member is paired up with a local non-profit where they volunteer at least once a week, strengthening community connections and building pre-vocational skills. Utilizing a 3 to 1 participant to staff ratio, groups work on the encompassing goal of independence by working on grocery shopping, healthy meal planning and cooking, cleaning and safely navigating the community. Ideas for the rotating quarterly groups and special events come from participants.
Participants in the WAVES program are mostly older, more experienced adults. Along with completing goals identified in their person centered plan, daily involvement and volunteering in the community, and creating art projects, they concentrate on maintaining good health and fitness. Each week they do Qi Gong and Tai Chi exercise at program, walk along paths and trails in the Greater Portland area, and somehow find time to attend dance classes.
Utilizing a 3 to 1 participant-to-staff ratio, they also participate in Culinary Arts class where they prepare many fresh and organic dishes, mostly from recipes recommended by the American Heart Association. Although there are many activities, the pace is slower, allowing participants to build on their strengths, truly become part of the fabric of the community, and just plain have fun.