Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Out & About With . . . Flatirons Community Church

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 Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette for its support of Out & About. Eagle-eyed readers of my blog may remember that I have given them a shout out before, but I want to thank them again, this time for opening up their church so Out & About could host their Summer Camp orientation there.

Elena Ciaravino, Out & About’s Children’s Services Coordinator, said, “They were very warm and welcoming! They accommodated us in many ways, allowing us to come early in the mornings, providing us all the information we need for our orientation week to go smoothly, and Out & About as well as Imagine!’s Human Resource Department benefited from their kindness. Our Summer Camp program started off on a wonderful foot thanks to Flatirons Community Church!”

Thank you, Flatirons Community Church, for your continued support of Imagine!, Out & About, and the people we serve.

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