“A Community inclusion program”
A translation of “community” in the Basque language is Bēk
“Community”. In the Bible this is mentioned as fellowship. Three things that express this are: the sharing in each others burdens, the connection/fellowship, and a gift jointly contributed. This is part of our mission.
Introducing the Community Inclusion Program
For the past two years, a group of people (now the Sunset Manor Special Supports Committee) has been laying the ground work for a Community Inclusion Program for our Church adult members with disabilities. Our Mission is to provide a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment with daily activities designed to strengthen and reinforce the capabilities of each participant and in keeping with the Biblical values and the traditions of the Christian family home. .
Care will be taken to develop structure and routine in the daily schedule. For example, each day will begin with opening devotions (Bible reading, prayer, and singing) followed by Bible or catechism instruction; refreshment breaks will be held at regular times and routines developed for where these are held, and how they are opened or closed;
Being a Community Inclusion Program implies that much of participants’ time will be spent in community which in this case means our schools, churches, or community at large. Program activities will be designed with participant’s needs in mind, and as much as possible activities will be individualized. Potential activities include the following:
Opening devotions, Bible or catechism instruction – Opening devotions and Bible instruction will generally be the responsibility of program staff. Functional academics and Life Skills – These activities may include maintenance of existing academic skills or teach new skills such as conversation skills, money skills, accessing community services, cooking/baking, etc.
Therapeutic recreation – Therapeutic recreational activities may include a swim program; physiotherapy, music or art therapy; or arts and crafts.
Community Integration – Community integration would involve attending and/or participating in events and activities in the church, school or wider community. Some examples may include attending a Thanksgiving Day assembly, a Church or School Christmas program, or a choir concert. Community integration also involves accessing recreation and leisure opportunities in the Chilliwack and surrounding area.
Vocational activities – Where possible, supported volunteer and work placements will be arranged for program participants.