FRIENDS of Broomfield, Inc

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FRIENDS At Work Supported Employment

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Description

Providing Prevocational assessments, skills training, job preparation and development, interviewing and ongoing job support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The goal is to acquire gainful and meaningful employment of their choice, and achieve independence, self-sufficiency and to contribute to their community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Success happens when both employee and employer are satisfied and a long term relationship is established. The desire is for the individual to continue to grow on the job, contribute with positive performance and become self sufficient.

FRIENDS Residential Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Description

Residential Services is a comprehensive service encompassing 24 hour residential support, employment, day services and transportation. It is an all inclusive program designed to ensure that all identified needs are met. FRIENDS offers residential support through several models. The design of these programs help to bridge the gap between living a dependent lifestyle in their family home and being as self-sufficient as possible.

On My Own - I a unique apartment living program for more independent folks. Services can also include support in the area of Personal Care, Mentorship and Home Management Skills. Individuals live on their own with minimal support (5-7 hours per week) with higher level skills such as paying bills, menu planning, shopping, taxes, and employment issues etc.

Companion Model - Is a unique model designed to serve one or more individuals who live with a non-disabled person who acts as a roommate, but provides approximately 20 hours per week of focused support in specific skill areas.

Personal Care Alternatives (PCA) - This is a model where support is provided for up to three individuals in a home with drop-in staff that provide support according to their needs. We may not always provide overnight supervision, but individuals have access to 24/7 emergency support.

Host Homes - Traditional residential services that are delivered to one or two people who live in another family's home under the care and supervision of a contracted provider.

Family Caregiver - Provides the option for the parent or a family member to continue providing custodial care for an individual as a paid employee with agency oversight. The option works well when the individual has extensive needs or no other options are available.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Financial stability, increased enrollment, participant achievement and program growth.

More individuals with developmental disabilities living independently in the community.

FRIENDS Social and Travel Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
At-Risk Populations
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Description

Our Social Program offers monthly activities for adults from the surrounding area, as well as for teens aging out of the education system and transitioning into adulthood. Many participants are enrolled in one or more of our other programs, but some participants may attend other day or work programs. The goal of this program is to provide opportunities that increase social networks, foster friendships and allow for regular participation in leisure activities such as going to the movies, concerts, restaurants, dances and other recreational activities.
We offer gender specific activities through Women's and Men's Night Out, as well as monthly large group activities through FRIENDS Night Out. We try to keep costs low for participants and their families. It is usually the participants' first exposure to the services we offer.
We expanded our Social Program to included Travel opportunities to provide weekend, week long and international trips.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Increased enrollment in programs.

Friendship networks develop independent from program.

Increased participation in integrated community activity

Improvement in skills for everyday living, including social interactions.

FRIENDS Unlimited Day Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities

Description

Day program services are designed to assist with acquisition, retention or improvement in self-help, socialization and adaptive skills that takes place in a non-residential setting. Activities and environments are designed to foster the acquisition of skills, appropriate behavior, greater independence and personal choice. Each participant selects from a variety of classes they are interested in to create a personalized schedule for the month. A goal of the program is to involve the participant as much as possible in setting their desired goals so they achieve mental and physical health, acquire skills for independence, and build social networks.



Specialized Habilitation focuses on enabling the participant to attain his or her maximum functional level to gain an increased level of self-sufficiency. The purpose is to reinforce skills/lessons taught in school, therapy, or other settings. These services may be coordinated with physical, occupational or speech therapies. They are generally delivered at the base site.

Supported Community Connections supports the abilities and skills necessary to enable the participant to access typical activities and functions of community life. This provides the opportunity to utilize the community as a learning environment which helps facilitate and build relationships, as well as natural supports. These services may include socialization, adaptive skills and personnel to support the participant, resources for participation in activities, and supplies related to skill acquisition, retention or improvement.

Recreational activities include, but are not limited to swimming, bowling, adaptive gymnastics, adaptive weight training, hiking and yoga. Arts activities include painting, pottery, dance, music, photography and card making. Academic/Life Skills activities include cooking, computers, money management, communication, journaling, safety training, health and sign language class.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Financial stability, increased enrollment, participant achievement and program growth.

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