Day Support Activities

THE WHAT AND WHY

DSA supports adults experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive in their communities by promoting social inclusion and individual growth.

DSA aims to support individuals in:

  • Developing self-esteem and self-worth
  • Increasing social, recreational, and leisure activity levels
  • Increasing integration into the community
  • Teaching individuals effective ways to interact in their environment
  • Providing opportunities to enhance positive community impact and involvement through volunteering and/or service projects

DSA provides customized supports specific to individual interests and abilities. Activities and projects could look like:

  • Painting, sculpture, and other art classes
  • Independent living skill instruction
  • Personal fitness and hygiene activities
  • Relationship-building activities
  • Social events and celebrations
  • Gardening and landscaping projects in local parks
  • Participating in a club at the local library or senior center
  • Volunteering at local churches and elementary schools
  • Tours and visits to local museums and historical sites
  • Technology and social media use

THE WHO AND WHERE

MVA operates DSA programs in Yamhill and Polk counties. Services are provided both at the provider site and community locations. Individuals, along with their families and advocates, are consulted to develop a person-centered plan for service delivery including their schedule, goals, and preferred activities. Any combination of services delivered at the provider-site, community sites, in groups, or one-on-one is available.

Our clients enjoy a sense of participation, accomplishment, personal reward and contribution to their communities thanks to these activities, from volunteering for Operation Backpack to weekly learning opportunities with a reading coach. Individuals maintain or expand their adaptive skills, independence, integration and participation in the community by being part of this program.

The best part of working with our clients is the way you feel when you come to work. Seeing the clients light up when they see you and genuinely are so happy you are there. It makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself, you’re making someone’s life better, making someone happy just being there that day and that makes this job like no other.

Randy McCallister, MVA Employee