In Home

Wingspan Life Resources operates an In-Home Program which provides personalized assistance and recreation to adults with developmental disabilities who do not live in a Wingspan home but with family, in foster care or on their own. Because these individuals are often cut off from a supportive community outside their families, many have few opportunities to make friends, socialize or nurture a talent or skill.

While providing a respite for family caregivers, the In-Home Program enriches the lives of consumers through these program components:

    • Personalized Assistance: An In-Home Program staff member works one-on-one with the client at his/her home on everyday tasks such as money management, housekeeping, personal care, cooking and the development of other life skills depending on each consumer’s needs.
    • Recreation Participants: Individuals can select from a wide range of social and recreational activities that offer enjoyment, stimulation and connection to other people.
    • For more information about Wingspan’s In-Home Program, please contact Maureen Merrill, Program Coordinator at mmerrill@wingspanlife.org, 651-242-5843.

Three Directions

Three Directions is an innovative program that offers individually designed services for adults of all ages who are seeking retirement activity, volunteerism and/or paid employment. Working in partnership with Walker Methodist Residences, we provide persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to meet and share with elderly residents in Walker’s long-term care and assisted living programs in ways that can enrich the lives of both.

Who may be interested?

Wingspan’s Three Directions Program is designed to serve adults with developmental disabilities who are headed in one of three directions:

      • Retirement age, but interested in occasional or regular activities and socializing in small groups of compatible people;
      • Working age and interested in a mixture of social activities and volunteer work; or
      • Working age and interested in volunteer work that will build skills and develop into paid employment.

Relationships are foremost in our priorities and can be developed in three directions:

      • Persons with developmental disabilities may serve as volunteers for elders at Walker Methodist Residences through one-on-one visits and support, assisting people in wheelchairs to events such as church or activities, working in the dining room, walking pets, or helping with laundry.
      • Elders at Walker Methodist Residences may serve as volunteers in the Three Directions program. For example, a woman who once ran a school kitchen in her working years may have a lot to teach Three Directions participants who want to learn kitchen and dining room skills as volunteers or potential employees.
      • Peer friendships can develop between members of the two groups when shared activities such as ceramics, poker, baking or karaoke are enjoyed together.

Additional relationship support may include visiting friends or relatives, spending time in the community at a neighborhood coffee house, library or grocery store. All of these activities create opportunities to form new relationships in the neighborhood.

If interested in exploring possibilities with Wingspan’s Three Directions Program, please contact Maureen Merrill, Program Coordinator, at mmerrill@wingspanlife.org or 651-242-5843.