New program unveiled for summer activities at Agape

Authored by Jim Langham on May 31, 2013

Bertie Lehman, executive director for Agape Respite Care, has been busy working on new ways to expand programs the facility can offer to accommodate people at Agape.
“I realized that we need far more community based activities for people with mild to moderate disabilities in order to help develop their skills for life experiences,” said Lehman. “The state is moving more kids at a time into a new waiver, a family support waiver, which allows for services in community settings.
“Agape Respite Care is getting national accreditation so that it can provide for those services,” continued Lehman. “In order to continue to provide, we are required to have the national accreditation by 2014.”
The program, Summer Adventures in Learning (S.A.I.L.), is designed for school age youth ages 12-22 with mild or moderate intellectual and/or physical challenges.
Lehman described the program as, “a summer program designed to build self-confidence while exploring activities in and around our local communities.”
Lehman said that skills which will be addressed include communication, social skills, money management and physical well-being. She noted that individual goals will be developed for each participant as they join in the fun as a “sailor” learning about sailing, boats, water and weather.
The program will run Monday through Thursday, beginning June 4 through Aug. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The program will be held at the frame lodge at Fellowship Point on County Road 700 South, Berne. Transportation to the program may be arranged, if needed.
“This is a program developed around nautical themes,” said Lehman. “They will be visiting various community resources to provide learning opportunities for the kids,” Lehman said.
“We will be touring the Thunderbird boat factory and eating at The Galley, going to ‘Art in the Park.’ Also, a visitor from Purdue University Extension, Captain Cash, will be talking about taking care of our money,” said Lehman.
Other activities will be visiting aquatic exhibits at the Fort Wayne Zoo, attending summer reading programs at the library and a swim at Arthur and Gloria Muselman Wellness Pavilion.
“We will have various community guests and a variety of activities to work on intellectual, motor, communication and socialization skills,” said Lehman. “We will also be doing the Splash Pad at the Clock Tower and attending a brown bag lunch.”
Each family will need to be responsible for packing a picnic lunch or, on occasion, providing funds to eat out, ticket costs to some activities and craft supplies.
For questions or to request an application, contact Bertie Lehman at the Agape office, 260-589-3351 or cell, 260-525-3543.

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