Creating Innovative and Genuine Opportunities for People with Disabilities or Disadvantages to Support Their Community Participation
Employment and Social Enrichment Program
MRCI offers a structured day program at its Mankato location for aging people who have disabilities that are seeking an alternative to a full day of work. The Employment and Social Enrichment (EASE) program provides the option of a combined work and leisure day program or one of only leisure activities. Most individuals referred to the program have a desire or need to reduce their involvement in work. This may be due to decreasing physical stamina for work, health and safety issues or just a desire to retire and stay socially active with their peers.
Each participant in the E.A.S.E. program has an individually designed program that takes into account his or her interests and level of desired activity. Full day programs are available but not required. Some individuals continue to work part-time at the center or in the community and some only participate in the social/leisure activities.
Activities are provided at the center and in the community with the primary purpose of helping participants maintain functional independence and social contact. A variety of activities are available including center based arts, crafts and educational activities, as well as community outings to take in sporting events, shows, fairs or just going out to lunch or coffee. The local adult basic education program also provides classes or workshops in various activities. Transportation for all community outings is provided.
The program staff monitors the physical well being of the participant and sees that the nutritional needs of the individual are met including special diets. Regular exercise and nutrition education is a regular part of E.A.S.E. programming.
For more information about the E.A.S.E. program, please call Kathy Sturm at (507) 386-5633.
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