Main Street Connection

The Main Street Connection is making connections on Zoom

RISE’s day program without walls, The Main Street Connection, has had a bit of a makeover in their program day since the COVID-19 pandemic affected our way of life. Typically, participants of this innovative program would gather Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm. During this time they are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to participate in the life of the community. The group works on individual goals and a daily routine, even...

RISE Life Times: Fishing 101

Fishing 101 A RISE Life Times Series Blog   Do you want to go fishing?  One of our editors, Michael Baumann, loves to go fishing. It’s his favorite thing to do. Today, he’s sharing his tips on preparing to go, along with where to head out with your equipment. Michael is from Center Moriches. He enjoys fishing on his dad’s boat, which is kept at a marina in Eastport. His dad’s boat named, The Other Woman, is equipped with a cabin, a bedroom and...

RISE Life Times: Silent Disabilities

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover A RISE Life Times Series Blog One of our editors, Rachel, shared her concern over recent events out shopping one day with her fellow housemates. She noted the behaviors of the people around them as they walked through the mall. One of the women in Rachel’s group has Down Syndrome and people were staring at her. Rachel watched carefully at the way they responded. She also realized that most times people don’t treat her fairly,...

The Main Street Connection Celebrates Two Years

RISE Life Services’ Day Program Without Walls, The Main Street Connection, celebrated its two-year anniversary on January 8. The program began with two individuals, Michael and Donna (pictured right). Now, this innovative day program has reached 30 people as of January 2020. Participants of this program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to participate in the Life of the Community.  “The Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activities that the participants...

Resident Spotlight: Richard Barros-Sierra’s Progress

Richard Barros-Sierra, a resident at RISE’s Calverton ICF. He is also one of the first participants to join RISE’s day program without walls called, The Main Street Connection.  Richard has shown incredible growth in his interests and participation since he began at day program. Megan Kolsch, Quality Improvement Director at RISE, shared her observations and updates about Richard with us because his story is definitely one of success. She shared that back in 2016 when she first met Richard, he was...

The Main Street Connection: Continued Growth

RISE Life Services would like to update you on our Day Program Without Walls, The Main Street Connection.  Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to participate in the Life of the Community.  “The Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activities that the participants of the program decide upon at regular meetings.  The group works on individual goals and a daily routine, even though the activities...

More About Our Main Street Connection Day Program

RISE Life Services (an Aid to the Developmentally Disabled Company) would like to introduce to you our Day Program Without Walls, The Main Street Connection.  Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to participate in the Life of the Community.  “The Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activities that the participants of the program decide upon at regular meetings.  The group works on individual goals and...

RISE Life Services Partnering with Hampton Bays High School at the Sensory Gardens

  RISE Life Services is about to embark on a new partnership with Hampton Bays High School and the special education class. RISE’s Main Street Connection Day Program will be welcoming students from Hampton Bays at the Northville Sensory Gardens for volunteer activities. On May 1, the group of students met up with JoAnn Vitale, day program coordinator, and the day program participants to tour the gardens and farm. They walked paths, met the animals and enjoyed lunch. The Hampton Bays class...

Open house for The Main Street Connection

Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use and build upon their current skill set to integrate into the community.  The “Day Program Without Walls” offers a choice of daily activity with more flexibility than a traditional certified site-based program. The focus of this program is: • Social Skills • Academic Training • Life Skills Development The program schedule is three days per week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm. The group works on establishing productive routines...

Next Chapter Book Club

The Main Street Connection Day Program, also known as the day program without walls, participates in various activities in the community every week. One of those recent activities has been a book club at the Comsewogue Public Library. Individuals of The Main Street Connection have been taking part in a reading program at the Comsewogue Public Library hosted by Literacy Nassau, called the Next Chapter Book Club. They gather weekly and read a book of their choice together as a group. The...

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