Fort Wayne, Indiana, December 2, 2020
260.456.4534 ext. 344
AWS Foundation has awarded a grant of $48,000 to Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana for the implementation of a program for young adults with disabilities in Steuben County.
The grant funding will support the Transitions program of Easterseals RISE, the Angola operations of Easterseals Arc. The program helps teens and young adults develop skills for independence and workplace success.
Transitions was developed in Fort Wayne to provide fun activities and socialization for younger adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. While it still retains opportunities for fun and friends, Transitions has taken on an employment and educational focus.
The program uses skill-building curricula such as “Skills to Pay the Bills” in addition to curricula focusing on mental and emotional health. Participants also will be active in the community through tours of workplaces — virtually and in-person — and internships, and through volunteering and socializing. Enrichment activities such as art exploration and music instruction provide a well-rounded experience.
Easterseals RISE began offering Transitions in October at Cahoots Coffee Café in downtown Angola. The location provides access into the wider community for the participants and helps help further Cahoots’ mission of “providing a safe space for youth to thrive."