Community Programming October 3, 2014
STEP provides many opportunities for integration into the community in meaningful and exciting ways.
The Downriver Employment and Activity Milestones (DREAM). DREAM is an outings and volunteer program for developmentally disabled and adults with Mental illness. The object of the program is to give individuals the opportunity to not only access their community, but to become involved. Each individual has the opportunity to choose what they wish to experience on a daily basis. This can range from community inclusion to volunteering and investigating the types of employment in their community. Participants are not only encouraged to do activities in their community, but to engage the public at large.
We are involved in bringing clients to a number of volunteer sites for activities meant to better their community as a whole. These places vary from The Light House Mission, Wayne Public Library, Meals on Wheels, St. Vincent de Paul, Belleville Library, Focus Hope, and more. The tasks performed in each of these places can vary, but it is always with the goal of creating a personal connection between people and the communities that they live and work in.
Art In The Market:
STEP has installed an Art Education program to service 5 unique locations including the Made In the Market studio/gallery location in Detroit’s’ Eastern Market.
The program goal is to improve communication skills for the consumers to improve the quality of their lives and their potential for productive work skills. The program fosters independence by acknowledged accomplishment, practicing motor skills, developing critical thinking while learning and adhering to process. The program puts a great deal of focus on learning the fundamentals of communication through art: color theory, shape, pattern, perspective and content. As our program matures we are introducing concepts of craftsman-ship, the pride of complete ideas, as well as, admiration for the accomplishment of others.
The weekly program offers a chance for young artists to experience self-expression and also work in a structure that will give them the opportunity to exhibit and possibly profit from their work.