SOAR365’s Adult Programs are important for adults with severe and/or complex disabilities, and they are just as important for the people who care for them.
• Research shows that quality of life for adults with disabilities improves when they participate in regular physical, mental and social activities. (They are happier, healthier, and less likely to be isolated, neglected or abused.)
• The people who care for them can continue with normal day-to-day routines, like working or caring for other family members.
We’ve been in the business of helping adults with disabilities for many years. We opened our first adult day program in the early 1970s and now operate five locations in Richmond, Henrico and Chesterfield.
We have a well-trained team of professionals who are committed to knowing what each person likes to do, what they can do, and what supports they will need.
After we develop an Individual Service Plan for each person, our clients choose from a wide variety of activities:
o Our clients work on life skills, such as personal hygiene, safety, shopping, cooking, and money management.
o They learn to explore and express themselves creatively through art, music and other interest-inspired classes.
o They are encouraged to interact and socialize with others – often through community activities like volunteering and cultural and sports-related experiences. (Meals on Wheels, the SPCA and the YMCA are favorite places to volunteer.)
o They receive support to maintain health and wellness through regular exercise, nutrition counseling and medication management.
o For those who have dementia or Alzheimer’s, a special memory support component includes activities that stimulate cognitive skills such as “This Day in History”, puzzles and games, music, art and more.
o In 2018, 175 adults were enrolled in our Adult Programs.
Why we need your help: Medicaid Waiver reimbursement rates for Adult Programs have not increased in over a decade. We must find additional resources to cover a $500 annual deficit for every person who is enrolled in these programs.
3600 Saunders Ave Richmond Virginia 23227
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Primary Population Served
Adults with Disabilities
Although the ground is still frozen, Bobby, 43, is already talking about summer, and how he’ll canoe, horseback ride, and swim at Camp Baker. His mom Claudette looks forward to his overnight stay there as well, saying Bobby has a lot of support and counselors with a “strong interest” in his well-being. Bobby is busy in the meantime at SOAR365. Twice a week, he is employed at the production facility, performing work-related tasks and earning a paycheck, which Claudette says he loves and often wants to spend at yard sales, “where unfortunately he gets too many things.” The other weekdays are spent in SOAR365's Adult Programs, where Bobby socializes with his peers and goes on community outings that are both fun and meaningful, such as attending a movie or sporting event or delivering Meals on Wheels. These programs are the best of both worlds, since “he’s learning on the job” in production, and also in Day Support “can try a variety of different things… like gardening,” Claudette says as an example. “Just knowing he is in a good program provides peace of mind. I am delighted Richmond has this.”