The Supported Living staff love coming up with creative and productive activities to stimulate and support residents. Direct Support Specialist (DSS) Shelton provided the idea of tie-dying t-shirts to create a unifying experience and give each individual an opportunity to express themselves — and get messy outdoors.
Shelton recently moved to Columbia and joined BCFR as a DSS. They had a great time planning the event and loved seeing everyone’s enthusiasm for this new project.
Shelton said, “Ryan especially seemed to be having a good time as his spot on the table was absolutely soaked in dye afterwards. Some individuals went with a more structured look, but Ryan thrived in the chaos that can be art.”
Director of Supported Living Natasha Sigoloff is encouraged to see newer staff’s creativity and excitement about engaging the individuals served in fun activities, she said, “The energy that our staff group is bringing to work is remarkable and truly improving our service delivery.”
Shelton looks forward to more team collaborations between sites and feels this activity is the stepping stone to do so.
“When I first got here, I wanted to shake things up in terms of activities,” said Shelton. “Now everyone at the site has a shirt that we all made together. I’m planning on getting a group picture with the shirts. My hope is that when they wear the shirt, they think of the community that we have.”