Special Announcement Area

Community Day Programs

As you walk the halls at Helping Hand, you’ll notice a positive, indescribable atmosphere. It comes from the liveliness of our team members and clients as they engage in various activities throughout the day. This energy is ever-present and is something staff, clients and guests notice immediately. We have a holistic approach to all the adults we serve and equally value ALL that walk through our doors.

Community Day Programs

We provide onsite, offsite, and virtual day programs for our adult clients. Other support services are provided to adults, such as case management, behavior and counseling services, as well as nursing.

  • Onsite Programs
    • Community Day Services
    • High School Transition
    • Aging
  • Offsite
    • Outings to local businesses
    • Employment visits
    • Volunteering opportunities

Community Day Services

Community Day Services focuses on the overall wellness of adults with I/DD.  Adults in the day program receive individualized care in a group setting. Each activity is adapted to the ability of the adult to ensure all are involved. Day program activities help clients:

  • Gain independence
  • Become physically and emotionally stronger
  • Build social skills
  • Learn new skills
  • Go out in the community
  • Have new experiences

High School Transition

Transitioning from high school to adult programs can be stressful, but not at Helping Hand. Beginning their final year of high school, students may attend the day program as part of their transition plan. Students attend the day program with a school aid who assists them in getting acclimated to the program. Once at the day program, students are assigned to groups and participate in group activities. 

This transition helps students acclimate to adult programming by the time they graduate high school. We have strong partnerships with many different school districts and are mutually committed to the specific goals of each individual. Where one transition plan might take 6 months, another might take a whole year.


The HH aging program provides comprehensive programming, support, activity, socialization, and substance to the daily lives of adult individuals with disabilities as they age or experience dementia and/or Alzheimer’s. We meet the needs of our aging population and use components of the GRACE curriculum in a relaxed, laid-back environment. Adults in this program participate in the same activities as their peers, in groups, at their own pace.

Our Successes

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While in the community, Diana would depend on staff to order her food.  It was important to Diana to become less reliant on staff when completing this task.  By engaging Diana in different activities such as mock purchases and menu research, Diana is currently able to verbally place her own food order. 

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Maggie is a client in our Community Day Programs that has been working on improving her communication.  This client sometimes has difficulties with her verbal skills therefore staff has been working with her on sign language.  This has improved Maggie’s confidence when communicating with her peers. 

Community Day Programs Leadership

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Associate Director of Day Programming

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