Thursday, February 5, 2015

Out & About With . . . Growing Gardens

Imagine!’s Out & About department was created in 1997 in response to the requests of community members with disabilities and family members who care for those with disabilities to have more options for community-based recreation services.

That “community-based” element is key - rather than scheduling activities in a segregated setting, you will find Out & About participants (both adults and children) utilizing recreation centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums, and even amusement parks.

 Of course, Out & About wouldn’t be able to provide those services without the support of the many, many community organizations that collaborate with Out & About to ensure that participants are able to receive positive instruction, within a therapeutic framework, to encourage growth, learning, community participation, socialization, health, safety, and the achievement of individual goals.

 Today, I’d like to acknowledge Growing Gardens for its support of Out & About. Out & About has been partnering with Growing Gardens for many years to host a facilitated gardening class. Participants learn about all things gardening, including composting, bugs, planting, and eating fresh veggies. Participants always seem to be smiling at Growing Gardens, and they have fun while learning.

Thank you, Growing Gardens, for your support of your community and all of its members.

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