March 13th, 2019
Inroads to Opportunities provides a wide variety of programs for adults and teens with disabilities. We take pride in providing options for our community. In 2018 we kicked off our Day Hab Program, which is an inclusive day program for individuals with disabilities. Day Hab provides a social outlet that mixes educational experiences with a variety of community based activities.
Last year our participants had the opportunity to visit the Roselle Fire Department where they learned about Fire Safety and got a demonstration from our local firemen.
2018 Day Hab Community Trips Included: Liberty State Park, New Jersey Ecological Society where they learned about the various animal species that lives in NJ, Shop Rite for a Nutrition Learning Activity, Somerset Patriots Baseball Stadium and created an Inroads Garden with fresh vegetables. The Day Hab even performed “Beauty School Dropout.,” from Grease during the 2018 Inroads talent show.
In just a short amount of time we have seen the positive results that this program has on social skills. Program participants spend a percentage of their day at Inroads with the Day Hab team in replacement of Extended Employment (sheltered workshops).
For the most part, the participants who are enrolled in Day Hab would not have had the opportunity to socialize with their peers outside of their work area. It’s encouraging to see an increase in social interaction and an improvement in communication skills.
Program Coordinator Tameka Burwell and Director of Inroads to Wellness Letty Esquivel have been encouraged by the positive results they have seen with Day Hab so far. Inroads staff members have been impressed by social skills that certain program participants have improved upon during the course of the year.
We look forward to growing this program and bringing more updates from Day in 2019.
Written by: Bryan Hansen