Before the pandemic, Frazer’s Adult Services staff was already looking to the future—a more inclusive one.
A vision was in place for a new program that would be more accessible to more people beyond Frazer Center’s walls. The pandemic allowed us to pilot this new program once businesses and organizations started reopening.
Project Achieve is a community-based program designed to provide meaningful, person-centered support services which lead to greater self-reliance and independence. It is centered in the belief that employment and active involvement in the community should be the first option for a young adult’s daytime hours.
Rather than adult participants showing up at the Frazer Center building every day, Frazer’s Direct Support Professionals meet them at sites throughout the community, allowing for a geographical expansion of Frazer’s reach. Through Project Achieve, individuals who might not otherwise be able to commute to Frazer have the opportunity to access the support services they need.
Our vision for Project Achieve is expansive, but until the pandemic is truly over, and until we are able to fully staff the program, it remains in a development stage. But developing it is!
In the past few months, several volunteer opportunities have surfaced, and several of our adult participants have taken advantage. Here are some Project Achieve participants and staff lending a hand at CHRIS 180 and Lakewood Environmental Arts Foundation (LEAF).
Frazer’s Supported Employment Program is still in action, but many of our adult participants who have been employed—some upwards of ten years—have been on hiatus thanks to the pandemic.
Frazer’s Supported Employment staff has taken the opportunity to partner with local public school systems, positioning Frazer as a resource for graduating students with disabilities. Several of Frazer’s employed adult participants have engaged with students during virtual discussions to advise about life after high school and possibilities for employment.
Meanwhile, we continue our support services on-site, with our Direct Support Professionals sharing their gifts and talents, such as baking and gardening, with our adult participants—all while following the health and safety protocols recommended by the CDC.
Pandemic or no, the guiding principle of Frazer’s Adult Services remains intact: to provide supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that are purposeful, helping each individual move toward greater independence as an active contributor to their community and the world.
If you would like to help Frazer have a greater impact in our community, please consider donating here. Thank you!