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The Main Street Connection Celebrates Three Years

The excitement was abounding on January 8, 2021 when RISE’s day program, The Main Street Connection, celebrated their third anniversary. The Main Street Connection has grown significantly since its start in January of 2018. The program began with 2 individuals and now has grown to 35 participating! The program has become a vital part of the community.  Although many adjustments were made during 2020 due to COVID-19, given the many safety protocols in place, the Director, Coordinator and staff continue to...

Why

In every story, there is a ‘Why.’ Why do we do what we do to help others each day? Why would you want to learn more about those reasons? Why should anyone want to become involved or help us? Being a part of RISE Life Services means more than being an employee, a resident, a volunteer, a sponsor or a donor. When you join our community, you join our family. You are a caregiver, an individual with whom we are elevating...

Holiday Traditions

Shared by The Main Street Connection Day Program group: Peter, Jesse, Ronald, Lillian, Khiry, Donna, Eric, Kevin, Robert, Gabe, Michael, James and Jimmy The Holiday Season is upon us. Decorations glisten throughout the RISE Main Office building at 901 East Main Street. The day program area there is donned with sparkling, colorful trimmings, as are the rafters at the Northville Sensory Garden day program barn. It seemed very appropriate to talk to the group of individuals attending day program about their...

Thankful

This year has been more than a little challenging. COVID-19 has changed the way we do everything. However, we’ve found opportunities amidst the difficulty to rise to a new level – a higher standard for the individuals in our program and our entire team. We also have many reasons to be thankful this year. First, we are thankful for those supporters, companies and friends who came to our aid when we put out a call for masks and PPE supplies. When...

Connect with Main Street Connection Bloggers

Last week, we shared more about the Main Street Connection, RISE’s innovative day program. (Read more about this program by clicking here.) Recently, we also saw the return of the blog written and published by our day program group of writers. Today, we want to begin sharing more about each of the bloggers involved in writing and publishing. They each bring unique assets to the table and are eager to share more about who they are with you. Today’s...

The Main Street Connection at the Sensory Gardens

The Main Street Connection is a unique day program at RISE Life Services. 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 for the day vary. (

Tips for a Safe Halloween

Written by: Jimmy, Khiry, Michael, Peter and Robert The writers from the Main Street Connection Day Program would like to share some very important tips with parents on how to keep kids safe this Halloween. This year is very different than before, and many parents have been hesitant about what to do for this particular holiday. It is safest and most cautious to stay in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The group recommends putting on a Halloween special or movie, like the...

A Kind Exchange Makes A Difference

There are many days where we all have so much to do and are focused on getting our work done as soon as possible, then move to the next thing on our list. This story is quite the opposite. One our maintenance staff members, Greg Fedun, showed great kindness and concern for an individual in our day program and it made a huge difference. Although Mr. Fedun had a long list of work to do,  he stopped when he noticed Ryan,...

In The News: Wine Fairy’s 100th ‘Dusting’ On North Fork Spotlights 1 Winner

One of the individuals from our day program is featured in this recent article on North Fork Patch.com. Jesse Springer and his mom are doing great things for people! “Wine Fairy’s 100th ‘Dusting’ On North Fork Spotlights 1 Winner” As he celebrates his 100th “dusting,” mom says the joy of sharing kindness has helped her son Jesse navigate the coronavirus pandemic, too. By Lisa Finn, Patch Staff August 10, 2020 NORTH FORK, NY — One member of the North Fork Wine/Treats Dust Fairies Facebook page...

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...

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