Community Inclusion – R.E.A.C.H.


The R.E.A.C.H. (Respecting Everyone’s Ability to Climb Higher) is a community inclusion program designed to help adult residents with developmental disabilities to live as independently as possible by providing a range of self-care, social integration, and pre-vocational training services with the goal of inclusion and participation in the community. LDCSS is dedicated to enriching the lives of our participants who are living with developmental disabilities and erasing the barriers they have to being included in their community.

Participants of our R.E.A.C.H. program live either with family members, in “home-shares” or in their own homes. Individual one-on-one supports are offered as well as weekly “group” activities. Group interaction is important as it provides opportunity to learn new skills such as; socialization, getting along with others, sharing etc. Some of the regular group activities are;

  • Community outings, movie afternoons, crafting projects, games / puzzles

For those participants that are more independent, supports may range from one-to-one assistance from a support worker with identified aspects of daily living such as; budgeting & paying bills, shopping, cooking and cleaning, personal care and safety

LDCSS’s community service workers also act as an advocate for our participants, communicating their needs, self-expression and goals. Supports of this type also include assistance to identify and undertake new hobbies or to access community services (such as education), learning appropriate behavior or recognition of community norms, or with relationships and expanding circles of friends.  Our R.E.A.C.H. programs is designed with the goal of increasing the individual’s independence, although it is recognized that participants with more severe disabilities may never be able to achieve full independence in some areas of daily life.

Some community activities our participants are involved in are;

  • Special Olympics
  • Heart & Stroke Canvassing Campaign
  • Fundraising activities
  • Food Recovery Program – participants pick up and distribute food to individuals in need

The R.E.A.C.H. program is a “community inclusion” program that is funded through Community Living BC. Helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve their goals and live the life they want is the objective.   R.E.A.C.H. is a community based service that is designed to provide on-going support in order for individuals to participate in community in a meaningful way.

REFERRALS:

Referrals are done through CLBC (Community Living British Columbia). Services are available to developmentally disabled adults and their families in B.C.

HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES:

LDCSS Contact Info:

Phone: 250 692 7577

Fax: 250 692 3935

Mail: PO Box 970, Burns Lake, BC   VOJ IEO

 

This service is funded by Community Living British Columbia (CLBC)