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Mission Moment: Life Skills

This month’s mission moment focuses on participants from the Life Skills program. Offered at both Westside and Downtown locations, the program assists adults with I/DD in performing daily living routines. The program seeks to prepare participants to live as independently as possible. Daily activities are centered around helping each participant accomplish their individual goals and equipping them to achieve their full potential in community life.

Joshua Welch

How long have you been a part of the Life Skills program: Since October 2014

What do you like about Life Skills: I enjoy working in the workshop, Zumba class and talking to my friends.

What have you learned from the program: How to communicate better and how to follow a schedule.

What are some of your hobbies: Babysitting my niece and watching TV. Family Feud is my favorite show.

How has Life Skills helped to make your life better: I have better social skills

Because of The Arc…I am learning skills that help make me more independent.

Charles Burton

How long have you been a part of the Life Skills program: Since September 2011.

What do you like about Life Skills: I enjoy going to groups and being able to talk about my life. I also enjoy arts and crafts activities.

What have you learned from the program: I’m better at communicating with others.

What are some of your hobbies: I like to watch Judge Judy and help my caregiver with cooking.

How has Life Skills helped to make your life better: It’s made me a better person.

Because of The Arc…I’ve made friends

Maroon Kowkabany

How long have you been a part of the Life Skills program:  Since September 2000.

What do you like about Life Skills: I like everyone who’s a part of the Life Skills program.

What have you learned from the program: I’ve learned how to read better.

What are some of your hobbies:  I listen to my radio and watch TV.

How has Life Skills helped to make your life better:  Life skills has helped improve my life by learning how to read and learning how to use the microwave to heat up my food.  The staff teaches me how to read everyday.

Because of The Arc…I can put puzzles together and I am a better listener.

Shanyea Hicken

How long have you been a part of the Life Skills program:  Since March 2012.

What do you like about Life Skills: Being able to see my friends.

What have you learned from the program: How to keep my cool and keep calm.

What are some of your hobbies: I listen to music, especially Justin Bieber.

How has Life Skills helped to make your life better:  It has helped me feel better about myself     and reach my goals.

Because of The Arc…I have extended, loving family.