Adult Services

Community Inclusion (Formally Adult SRR)

The Community Inclusion Program provide community-based social activities to adults with differing abilities ages 18 year and older. The activities are inclusive so adults of varying abilities levels all have the opportunity to participate! Community Inclusion participants develop self-esteem, social skills, and healthy lifestyles through the social, cultural, and wellness opportunities. Our focus is keeping participants active, engaged, and involved in the community!

Participants can choose which activities they would like to participate in each month, and include game nights, museum trips, sporting events, live shows, movies, fitness activities, dinners, crafts, dances, and more. SOAR Fox Cities recognizes that families/caregivers have a great need for respite (a break from their daily caregiving responsibilities). Through Community Inclusion, we offer full-day, evening, weeknight, and weekend respite opportunities for family members/caregivers, varying from 2 to 8 hours. 

Skills gained through Community Inclusion participation include: Communication, Community Navigation, Teamwork, Decision Making, Fine Motor Skills, Negotiation, Reading/Comprehension, Sportsmanship, Following Direction, Planning, Social Appropriateness, Time Management, Emotional Regulation, Budgeting, Personal/Public Safety.

*If you need to reach the Community Inclusion Coordinator after SOAR business hours, please dial 920-809-8923. Please only use this number for emergencies including being late for an activity, having been dropped off at the wrong location, etc. The phone will only be turned on during and shortly/before after activities and, as such, not available 24 hours/day. Messages will not be checked on days activities are not schedule. Please contact the SOAR offices via 920-731-9831 for registrations, general inquiries, volunteer inquiries, and anything non-emergency related.

Young Adult Program

The Young Adult Program provides community-based social activities similar to our Community Inclusion Program, but specifically to young adults ages 18-30! Participants meet and mingle with peers their own age at fun, generationally-minded activities. Including live shows, walking groups, sporting events, dining out, crafts, and more, the Young Adult Program helps participants grow confidence in exploring the communities where they live and work!

Our focus is helping participants build relationships and stay active and involved in the community as they enter adulthood!

Skills gained through Community Inclusion participation include: Communication, Community Navigation, Teamwork, Decision Making, Fine Motor Skills, Negotiation, Reading/Comprehension, Sportsmanship, Following Direction, Planning, Social Appropriateness, Time Management, Emotional Regulation, Budgeting, Personal/Public Safety.

Adult Education

The Adult Education Program is designed to empower adults with developmental disabilities with skills that will help them live as independently as possible. All classes are taught with the needs of the participants in mind. Adult Education classes progress at a slower pace, include a lot of repetition, feature hands-on learning, and incorporate both verbal and visual learning styles. We believe all community members deserve access to education and community resources in an understandable and accessible manner.

SOAR offers classes in the areas of healthy diets, physical fitness, personal safety, financial education, preventive and emergency health care, communication and conflict resolution, healthy relationships/sexual assault prevention and independent living skills. Adults with developmental disabilities do not always have access to traditional adult programs (higher education, health clubs, exercise programs, money management strategies, etc.), but at SOAR Fox Cities, adults with differing abilities can learn to their capacity how to initiate and maintain a healthy, safe, and independent life style. 

Classes

  • Household Choreslearn the life skills of doing laundry, cleaning, making a bed, mending/sewing, cooking and shopping.
  • Financial Literacy – learn the life skills of avoiding money scams, the meaning and value of money, banking, budgeting, and identity theft.
  • Home Safety – learn the life skills of fire safety, and safe independent living behaviors.
  • Personal Safety– learn the life skills of pedestrian safety, weather safety, self-defense, privacy concerns, sexual assault prevention, first aid, emergency preparedness and theft.
  • Public Safety and Transportation – learn the life skills of using a bus, taxi, Valley Transit Connector Program, and bike safety.
  • Self- Care – learn the life skills of personal hygiene, stress relief, exercise and healthy eating.
  • Healthy Relationships – learn the life skills of making friendships, public and private behaviors and boundaries, sex education, and coping with grief or loss.
  • Community Resources – learn the life skills of recreational opportunities, volunteering, and where to go when you’re in need of assistance.

Skills gained through Adult Education participation (beyond class topics) include: Communication, Decision Making, Fine Motor Skills, Reading/Comprehension, Following Directions, Planning, Social Appropriateness, Time Management, and Emotional Regulation.

Note: We cannot offer one-to-one supervision for SOAR Adult programs. If participants need one-to-one supervision or assistance, they will need a caregiver or support staff to attend activities with them.  

Please contact Director of Adult Services, LeeAnn Stein at 920-731-9831 x112 for additional information.

Can’t get enough of our cooking classes? Check out Accessible Chef, a website filled with recipes that use pictures and visual cues for at-home cooking and baking! 

SOAR On Wheels

Do you have a group that can’t get to SOAR for educational or social opportunities?  We’ll come to you!  Please contact Director of Adult Services, LeeAnn Stein at 920-731-9831 x112 for more information.

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