With the weather starting to get cooler and the leaves starting to change color, the individuals who participate in the Supported Living program reflected on all the things they did in the community over the past summer. BCFR staff work with individuals to find local events and activities that are of interest to them. From spending time with friends and family, celebrating birthdays, going to summer camps, attending concerts and ballgames, seeing plays and musicals, and experiencing a total solar eclipse—there was no shortage of fun at Supported Living. Here are just a few of the many activities:
Grea invited everyone from the Supported Living program to a dance party at her apartment to celebrate her birthday. She helped create the invitations and assisted with baking the cake and picking out decorations. Grea also is participating in Special Olympics golf and traveled to a family reunion in her home town and the St. Louis Zoo.
Doug and Clinton went to the Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland with their families.
Robert traveled to St. Louis a couple of times—once to attend a Cardinal’s baseball game and again to go to the St. Louis Zoo. He also attended Wonderland Camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. Robert went the “Wingstock” fundraiser to benefit the Central Missouri Honor Flight in June. Robert also enjoyed some live music at the Roots N’ Blues N’ BBQ festival in September and is participating with Grea on the Special Olympics golf team.
Donna celebrated her 60th birthday with a party at her apartment building.
Mike attended a family reunion in Arkansas. He participated in horseback riding at Cedar Creek and also attended Wonderland Camp at the Lake of the Ozarks. Mike also attended the “Wingstock” fundraising event with Robert and went to the St. Louis Zoo. He is also enjoying golf with Special Olympics.
Janice went on vacation to California to visit her sister.
Barb, Betty, Jane, and Shaina attended the Real Voices Real Choices self-advocacy conference at Tan-Tar-A resort at the Lake of the Ozarks in August. They stayed at the resort and went to various classes and presentations about self-advocacy. There were also social hours and dance parties at the conference.
Joyce, Katie, Daniel, Ryan, Barb, Shaina, Betty, and Jane all went to Access Day at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Several individuals attended the showing of Beauty and the Beast at the Maplewood Barn Theatre. A few others attended Mamma Mia at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus.
Daniel, Ryan, Betty, and Shaina have all been participating in Special Olympics sports throughout the summer. Daniel says he likes playing softball the most and is looking forward to basketball season.