The term “functional needs” covers a wide range of challenges, each with its own diagnostic origin, each with its own degree of involvement. While causes and care requirements differ, the single common goal is to treat each person with dignity, respect and compassion. And in serving these functional needs, Sunrise is committed to nothing less than Excellence. Check out our growing range of services below.
OUR MIX OF SERVICES OFFERED MAY DIFFER DEPENDING ON LOCATION.
Day Support Options
Day Support Options provides supports to individuals that lead to the acquisition, improvement, and/or retention of skills and abilities to prepare an individual for work and/or community participation, or support meaningful socialization, leisure, and recreational activities. Other supports include the development, maintenance or enhancement of independent functioning skills in the areas of sensory-motor, cognition, personal grooming, hygiene, toileting, etc.; assistance in developing and maintaining friendships of choice and skills to use in daily interactions; the development of work skills; opportunities to earn wages; opportunities to participate in community activities. Sunrise’s own Consignment Shop serves as an excellent example of an inclusive and supportive vocational opportunity. A computer lab adapted for people with disabilities has been developed at the Hartford and Coventry sites. Services are provided in Day Training Centers as well as through Community Experience Programs (CEPs) wherein the development, maintenance and enhancement of skills are based upon opportunities to actively participate in community activities. Each program has an accessible van to provide transportation for community inclusion activities.
Adult Day Options
Adult day option services are intended to support participation of individuals in their daily routines in the community, offering both mental and social stimulation to participants. Activities are individualized and designed to engage the individual while allowing participants to interact with their peers on a daily basis. In addition, participants may learn how to do contract work, be part of a mobile work crew, or work in an enclave doing various jobs while improving their employment skills. In many instances, the availability of day options allows the individual to remain at home and avoid the possibility of admission to a long-term care program. Day options offered by Sunrise includes activities such as: •Daily living skills, including money management •Behavioral and social skills •Health, safety and fitness •Self-advocacy •Computer skills •Work readiness Sunrise provides transportation to the individuals who live in Sunrise homes as well as in community homes who attend our Adult Day Training programs. Sunrise primarily uses vans for transporting individuals; many of these vans are adapted for individuals in wheelchairs or who require other types of assistance.
Day Program Services
Day Program Services include planning, training, coordination and support to enable and improve independent functioning, physical health and development, communication skills, cognitive training, socialization, community integration, domestic and economic management, behavior management, responsibility and self-direction. Staff may provide assistance/training in daily living activities and instruction in the skills necessary for independent pursuit of leisure time/recreational activities. Social and other adaptive skills-building activities such as expressive therapy, prescribed use of art, music, drama or movement may be used to modify ineffective learning patterns and/or influence change in behavior. Transportation services to day programs are included as well as transportation to social events or community activities when public transportation and/or alternate transportation is not available.
Wheely Amazing Art (Polk County)
This program allows individuals with disabilities the opportunities to create various types of artwork using specialized adaptive equipment. Wheely has been featured in prominent publications in Lakeland, Florida. Polk Voice, Lakeland Magazine, The Ledger, and Artifacts have written about Wheely Amazing Art’s success. The Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Florida, Arts on the Park Gallery, Mitchells Coffee House, Platform Florida, Polk Museum of Art’s Family Day, Girl’s Inc., Step-up Florida and the YMCA of Central Florida Teen Camp have featured “Wheely Amazing Art™” and its exceptional programs for people with disabilities. The artists’ work is currently exhibited at Beef O’Brady’s Lake Miriam, Michael Holley Chevrolet, The Therapy and Learning Center, and Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Sunrise Community of Polk County in Lakeland, Florida, also has a gallery display of seventeen signature pieces, twelve represent those commissioned by local businesses.
Community Learning Service
An alternative to traditional building-based day services, Community Learning Services (CLS), are designed for those who do not have the interest or the developed skills to join the workforce but want to be active in their community. CLS activities focus on developing the skills necessary to cultivate community connections, promote positive personal growth, meet and exceed educational goals, pursue employment options, and adjust socially for each individual.
Community Participation Day Services
Sunrise provides day services outside of the individual’s residence designed to help people be a true part of their communities. These are activities like finding work or joining clubs, and meaningful experiences directed at assisting an individual to experience being part of the community. These activities are designed to support an individual’s goals, which address both the needs an individual may have and their personal preferences.
In 2012 the Sunrise Institute of Fine Arts was created in Miami, Florida to provide an outlet for artistic expression through professional development and artistic skills training to individuals with varying abilities and disabilities. Sunrise Community’s philosophy of 50 years is rooted in the belief that all people have the ability to be creative. The program provides an outlet for visionary artists and an insight into the exceptional talents our participants possessed in the continuum of Fine Arts. By fostering a supportive environment for artists to express their creativity, attitudes about abilities, not disabilities emerged. The goals of the Sunrise Institute of Fine Arts are to help each person reach their highest level of artistic achievement and to encourage personal growth, self-reliance and self-esteem through the creative process. We provide a supportive and stimulating environment where our actors and artists can express themselves using a variety of media. The participant’s s receive constant feedback from the staff who consult collaboratively on their projects. In Tampa both day programs have opportunities for those we serve to express their creativity with an art program and the creation of all occasion greeting cards. All of our artists had no formal training at all. Some have lived their entire lives with their families, and some live in group homes or on their own. Others have spent large parts of their lives in institutions.
Becoming a fully-integrated member of a community is often achieved by participating in some type of meaningful work. Supported Employment provides training and assistance in a variety of activities to support an individual in obtaining and retaining paid employment. Supported Employment provides the on-going level of assistance needed; it is tailored to each person to ensure they remain successful in their work environment over time. Assistance with assessment, interviewing and obtaining a job • Teaching appropriate social skills • Acquiring work clothing • Money management • Engaging and supporting potential employers • Self-Advocacy • Job Coaching
Adult Day Training Services
The Sunrise Group provides Adult Day Training services to ensure a quality experience and a meaningful day for those we serve. Day services provide training in daily living, social skills, community inclusion, self-advocacy and job exploration. Training activities are individualized and designed to engage the individual while allowing participants to interact with their peers on a daily basis. In some locations, participants may learn how to do contract work, be part of a mobile work crew, or work in an enclave doing various jobs while improving their employment skills. In many instances, the availability of day training allows the individual to remain at home and avoid the possibility of admission to a long-term care program. In some areas, the Sunrise Group can provide transportation to individuals living in community group homes, who attend our Adult Day Training services.
Performing Arts – Building Resiliency and Self Esteem
In 2012 the Sunrise Institute of Fine Arts was created in Miami, Florida to provide an outlet for artistic expression through professional development and artistic skills training to individuals with varying abilities and disabilities. Sunrise Community’s philosophy of 50 years is rooted in the belief that all people have the ability to be creative. The program provides an outlet for visionary artists and an insight into the exceptional talents our participants possessed in the continuum of Fine Arts. By fostering a supportive environment for artists to express their creativity, attitudes about abilities, not disabilities emerged. One of the first endeavors of the Sunrise Institute of Fine Art started with Performing Arts. The first projects were two short films; Runaway Rudolf and the Four Corners of Love that showcased dramatic abilities. The films led participants to gain insight into their feelings and to demonstrate psychologically true and physically realized performances. The films proved to be very successful in creating a positive outlook on life, an improved work ethic, communication skills, and inspired our actors to continue to improve their craft. The actors take ownership of their performances and add the title “actor” to their description of themselves. The transformations in personalities and increased self-esteem occur by providing a creative environment, allowing their abilities to emerge as their artistic expressions are revealed. One actor said it felt amazing to have fans; another enjoyed being recognized for something he did on screen. KW, lead actor in both films said, “I feel great when people ask me about my part in the movie, it makes me feel like a whole person, like I matter”, and KB said, “When I am on film, it makes me feel like I can overcome those things in life that my disability has held me back on, my disability does not matter anymore on film. People appreciate me for the work I am able to do on camera, I have fans.” All actors felt respected for their talents and their ability to entertain through film, and are enthusiastically working on the third film.
National Headquarter for Sunrise Community, Inc., and the Sunrise Group Adminstration
Our mission is to provide people with developmental and intellectual disabilities the assistance and support necessary to enable them to live valued lives in the community.
Sunrise Northeast, Inc. offers a unique community opportunity to its participants to earn wages through employment with Sunrise’s Consignment Shop, located in Vernon. Everlasting Design is located at 435 Hartford Turnpike in Vernon, CT 06066. Open to the public, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities assisted by Sunrise operate the shop and enjoy daily experiences with others of varying abilities.
In Home Day Services
In-home Day Services are provided in a supported living environment if there is a health, behavioral, or other medical reason or if the person has chosen retirement or is unable to participate in services outside the home: such as community-based and supported employment.