To encourage social inclusion and individual growth, DePaul offers day support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our OPTIONS (Opening People to Individual Opportunities in a Network of Support) day support centers.
Our Goals & Philosophies
Each center shares common program goals and philosophies to assist participants 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
OPTIONS Programs & Activities
Our OPTIONS centers provide an array of programs, activities, and projects that are tailored to the abilities and interests of the participants. Activities are both center- and community-based, offering unique and/or individualized opportunities including:
- 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
- Delivering meals for Meals-on-Wheels
- Building for Habitat for Humanity
- Reading to children at local daycare centers
- Volunteering at local churches and elementary schools
- Tours and visits to local museums and historical sites
DePaul’s day support centers share a common philosophy that places great value on the individual worth of each participant. Individuals have a right, within the scope of their ability to participate, to be an integral and valued participant in the plan of services they wish to receive. This includes identifying their schedule of attendance as well as the activities and projects in which they want to be involved. The participation of the individuals (as well as their families and/or advocates) in developing a person-centered plan and schedule is vital to the individual being able to access opportunities for personal and educational growth, skill building and mastery, responsibility, independence, and community integration. Within this philosophy of involvement is also the right to be treated with dignity and respect as individuals as well as for their personal choices and decisions about the services they receive.
DePaul operates four day support centers, located in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Madison Heights, and Waynesboro. Individuals must be 18 or older to enroll in the OPTIONS program. For more information about our day support services, please contact your nearest DePaul Community Resources office.