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Community-Based Disability Services

Programs meet at various sites throughout our community.


The Therapeutic Recreation programs at St. David’s Center are person-centered, community-based programs that focus on modeling, teaching, and promoting positive-peer relationships, growing independence and adaptive skills, improving or maintaining overall wellbeing, and increasing community involvement. Participants work on the enhancement of physical, cognitive, social, and affective development through personalized Therapeutic Recreation goals.

Our programs work alongside the participant’s family and team to empower and transform their lives through a structured group environment, providing skills to build friendships, participate in group activities, become an active member of the community, and embrace health and wellness.

Payment/Funding: The Therapeutic Recreation Programs at St. David’s Center can be funded through DD/CADI Waivered Services, grants, and private pay options such as:

  • Traditional Waivered Funding – ILS Therapies – Therapeutic Recreation
  • Consumer Directed Community Support (CDCS)
  • Consumer Support Grant (CSG)
  • Private Pay
  • Community First Services and Supports (CFSS)

Adventure Program

Program participants must be 11 years of age or older and be able to safely engage in a group program staffed at a 1:2 ratio.

After School

After School Adventure is located at partner sites throughout the west metro. Program runs from the time school gets out (*varies by site) until 6:00 PM.

Activities include:

  • Life Skills (cooking, counting money)
  • Social skills (taking turns, conversation skills, participation)
  • Theme days of the week: Cooking, Arts, Physical Activity, Sensory, Science

Release Day Programming

Full-day therapeutic recreation programming during school release days (i.e., MEA break, winter break, spring break, occasional Saturday’s)

Summer Adventure Program

Summer Adventure is a 10-week program that runs 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Locations are throughout the west metro at our partner sites.

Full Program Day Activities include:

  • Science Museum
  • Nickelodeon Universe
  • Galewoods Farm
  • Nature Centers
  • On-site therapeutic recreation programming

Destination Anywhere

Program participants must be 18 year of age or older and be able to safely engage in a group program staffed at a 1:3 ratio.

Destination Anywhere is a full day program that takes place two Saturdays a month. Program hours are 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM and include a day filled with outings, field trips, and other therapeutic recreation activities.

Types of Activities include:

  • Life Skills (counting money/change, safety skills, self-advocacy)
  • Social Skills (conversation skills, participation, community social skill building)
  • Types of field trips include bowling, museums, sporting events, archery, onsite therapeutic recreation programming

Venture Forward

Participants must be 22 years of age or older and be able to safely engage in a group program staffed at a 1:2 or 1:3 ratio.

Venture Forward is a year-round afternoon Therapeutic Recreation program for our young adult participants ages 22 and up. Venture Forward was developed to create an age-appropriate space for our participants to enhance and continue to grow their independence, adaptive skills, overall well-being, and community involvement.

Types of Activities Include:

  • Life skills (cooking, counting money, community safety)
  • Volunteering (Feed My Starving Children, Humane Society, making cards for nursing homes, Community Garden)
  • Social Skills (conversation skills, participation, community social skill building)
  • Leisure Education (learning about one’s own community, how to plan and participate in activities of your own choice)

Therapeutic Recreation interns are a critical part of our TR team and are actively involved in all programing. Working alongside Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, interns learn to support, then plan and facilitate therapeutic interventions that target social and emotional development. Interns learn to create individualized goals and plan of cares. Interns also assist in refining program procedures and administrative duties to enhance the quality of services for clients, families, and staff.

Successful interns are proactive learners, poses the ability to take direction and work as a team member. Interns must be able to thrive in a fast-paced, physically active community setting. This Internship is developed to meet the standards and expectations of Therapeutic Recreation Majors and the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). Therapeutic Recreation majors are preferred; however, we will consider other degrees pending availability (I.e. Psychology, Special Education, etc.).

See more information and apply to our internship here.

Required Materials: Resume and Cover Letter

*2 letters of recommendation are required upon interview.

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