For some people supported at DakotAbilities, work is not important or not possible due to the person’s physical limitations. DakotAbilities staff provide meaningful day activities as part of the overall Day Program and as a specialized Alternative Services Program. Both programs work hand in hand to provide activities such as participation in Horse Power, Swimming, Feeding SD, Fishing, Trent River Farm, Gardening, interacting with day cares, and several other community based activities.
Day Program staff also engage individuals throughout the day by providing sensory stimulation through music, dance, music therapy, massage, as well as physical activities in the gym here at the Longfellow Center. Meaningful days are very individualized and DakotAbilities strives to determine what makes it a meaningful day to each of the people that are supported at the Longfellow Center and to those who are participating in Alternative Services.
These programs have made obvious differences in people’s lives. Through observation we can see that people are doing things that are enjoyable and meaningful for them. They are also making new acquaintances and friends in the community.