Cen­tre aims to en­rich young adults’ lives

Open houses for new North Bay cen­tre sched­uled for Nov. 20 and 21

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - PJ Wil­son

Ev­ery­thing is set for the open­ing of the North Bay of­fice of the Adult En­rich­ment Cen­tre.

A lo­ca­tion has been found, two open houses are set and the of­fi­cial open­ing date has been sched­uled for Dec. 4.

“We are very ex­cited,” says Ashley Roberts, area man­ager of the cen­tre.

The cen­tre – it also has three lo­ca­tions in Sud­bury and one in Sault Ste. Marie – pro­vides pro­grams and ser­vices for those with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties “of all lev­els and needs.”

The cen­tre of­fers day pro­grams for young grad­u­ates who are no longer in the school sys­tem.

“When they grad­u­ate, there is not much avail­able for them,” Joanne Bouchard, the found­ing di­rec­tor, said in a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view.

“It al­lows young adults to take the next step in their lives.”

The Adult En­rich­ment Cen­tre was founded in Sud­bury in 2014. As well as North Bay, an­other lo­ca­tion is be­ing planned for Tim­mins.

Ni­cole Morin will op­er­ate the North Bay of­fice at 219 Main St. E., which will ini­tially em­ploy three to five peo­ple, all qual­i­fied DSWS, SSWS, phys­io­ther­a­pists or oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist as­sis­tants or re­lated fields.

The cen­tre of­fers ba­sic care, oneon-one care and com­plex care.

The pro­grams of­fer sup­port in de­vel­op­ing new skills, en­hanc­ing ex­ist­ing skills, build­ing in­de­pen­dence, build­ing job readi­ness skills and vol­un­teer­ing within the com­mu­nity.

The cen­tre also in­tends to pro­vide be­havioural sup­ports, speech pro­gram­ming and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and phys­io­ther­apy.

Home-based life skills pro­gram­ming also will be of­fered at the cen­tre, in­clud­ing life skills such as clean­ing, cook­ing and bud­get­ing.

Open houses will be held Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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