Sixty-one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed as having a disability. This population includes those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments that may hinder their ability to fully and effectively take part in society on the same level as other people. Individuals with disabilities often experience social isolation and chronic loneliness. This is due to not having many avenues for social interaction. Stigmas against those with disabilities persist, creating barriers to employment which prevents them from experiencing the social contact employment can bring. Special care should be taken to reach out to those with disabilities and make sure that they are not left to face social isolation.
Goodwill of Southern New England offers a range of services to assist individuals with disabilities in achieving active and fulfilled lives. Through our Recreation and Community Enrichment Services we provide a safe and caring environment where those with disabilities are able to make choices about how they spend their day. Participants in Goodwill’s Blended Program have a varied daily scheduled created for them that mixes vocational opportunities with community, educational, or enrichment activities. Individuals in this program have a flexible work schedule for those who prefer or are more suited to part-time employment but request full-time day services. The Recreational Enrichment in the Community (REC) program provides after-hours and weekend recreational activities for program participants and offers them choices of a variety of community activities alongside transportation services to and from activities. Finally, our Senior People Involved in Community Enrichment (SPICE) program provides retirement assistance for individuals with disabilities who are making the transition from work to retirement. People in this program are aided in connecting with local senior centers and activities in their community as well as a range of services to assist them in their daily lives.
All of our programs are meant to combat the social isolation that people with disabilities face and help provide them with the feeling of community and belonging. No one should have to feel alone. Everyone should have the opportunity for interaction, to feel a part of the world. For more information about these services, contact us by filling out this form or by calling us at (203) 777-2000 today.