About the Program
The program currently serves 25 adults from 12 towns and is a natural extension of Saint Catherine Academy, which was established in 1999. Like the Academy, an individualized, comprehensive approach is taken with each participant. Individual schedules and goals are developed along with parents or guardians.
Our goals are to:
- create opportunities to participate
in community life;
- develop life skills competencies foster a safe, stimulating
- support the ability to make personal
choices for the future;
- develop and maintain relationships
with family members and friends.
The Adult Services Program is
approved by the Department of
Development Services as an adult
day service option.
- Six-hour program, Monday through
- Technologically current
- Life skills apartment
- Gymnasium and work-out room
- Nurse onsite
- Recreational activities include swimming, bowling, music and art, cooking, and more
- Safe, suburban location
- Transportation to and from the Center available (in select locations)
Making use of our fully-equipped Life Skills apartment, each participant’s schedule includes activities of daily living (ADLs) as appropriate, from folding clothes to setting the table, emptying the dishwasher, or preparing and serving meals alongside others.
All activities help to build peer relationships and reinforce basic skills.
Physical recreation, such as bowling, swimming, movement, and exercise in the Therapy Room are also part of each individual’s plan.
- Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (sorting and stacking planting pots)
- Marshall’s and TJ Maxx (unpacking and sorting clothing);
- School Sisters of Notre Dame (light cleaning of public areas; folding laundry);
- Connecticut Food Bank and Blessed Sacrament Church (sorting items for food bank);
- Home for the Brave (distribution of flyers);
- Merton House (organizing food and toiletries);
- St. Ann’s Academy (assisting preschoolers);
- Main Enterprises (shredding);
- Soda Stop (recycling bottles and cans);
- and Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University (cleaning).
Our thanks to these organizations for their support!
The ability to express oneself through music, art,
and movement is particularly important to people
with special needs, and the Center’s emphasis on
the arts is unique to most special education
Music is often the means by which a nonverbal individual finds a voice; movement can be the way a mobility-challenged person expresses an emotion.
Weekly music, art, and yoga sessions gives our young adults the opportunity to participate more fully in the community.