Supporting persons with Disabilities in Enhancing their Quality of LIfe

Choices Program

Senior Retirement Program

ORI’s Senior Retirement Support Services is a completely community-based leisure program in which typically 2 to 3 seniors with one support worker take part in a community event or activity. Schedules are varied and individualized; some participants attend five days per week and others attend only one day.

ORI’s Choices Program provides recreational, educational, and social activities for persons with developmental disabilities that enhance their quality of life. In this program, individuals learn to make better use of their downtime when they are not employed.

There are many in-house activities such as exercise class, arts and crafts, computer activities, and cooking class. Community groups visit and provide special classes such as Dog Therapy Class, African Drum Circle, Bible Class, and Friday Music Class with Mohan. We truly believe that community integration enhances the quality of life for our clients, and a partnership with Missoula community members is critical to this process of integration.

The Choices Program also promotes access to community events and activities whenever possible. Common day trips include outings to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Roxy Theater, Out To Lunch, swimming at Currents and workouts at the YMCA. In Summer, longer trips are planned to Flathead Lake, the Daly Mansion, the Sweet Palace in Phillipsburg, and Garnet Ghost Town.

The training supervisors and coordinators in this program provide support and encouragement in times of stress and during times when individuals might need assistance in problem solving. The Choices Program staff strives to create an area that is productive, fun and safe for all individuals served.

For more information, contact Jason Crouch, Associate Director of Organizational Services at jasonc@orimt.org

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