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  1. Home & Community Services
  2. Health & Wellness
  3. Cooking & Menu Planing
  4. Mobility Training
  5. Safety Awareness
  6. Money and Budgeting
  7. Daily Living Skills
  8. Community Involvement/Volunteers
  9. Development of Hobbies
  10. Social Interaction & Self Esteem
  11. Prevention of Victimization
  12. Academic Skill Development


Home & Community Services

  • Mobility Training
  • Cooking and Menu planning
  • Health and Wellness
  • Safety Awareness
  • Money and Budgeting
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Community Involvement through Volunteer Work Opportunities
  • Development of Hobbies
  • Fine/Gross Motor Development
  • Development of Appropriate Social Interaction Skills
  • Opportunities for development of Positive Self Esteem
  • Stranger Awareness and Prevention of Victimization
  • Improvement of Physical Stamina
  • Opportunities for Improvement of Academic Skills
  • Development of safe practices with today’s technology
  • Continued development of Independence
  • Increased awareness of Community Resources


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Health & Wellness


  • Encourage healthy eating and living choices
  • Educate on Food Pyramid and balanced diet
  • Allow for regular physical activity varying from walking, jogging, playing sports, utilizing the Wii/Kinex, visiting county and state parks
  • Educate on appropriate hygiene at all times
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Cooking & Menu Planing

  • Assist in creating weekly meal menus
  • Research various recipes for healthy meal options
  • Learn how to read and follow a written recipe
  • Prepare for daily meals •Cook daily meals for group
  • Count how many people are eating to know how much food to prepare
  • Know when the food is done cooking and ready to be served
  • Being able to safely operate the appliances and utensils in the kitchen 
  • Clean up after cooking meals
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Mobility Training

  • BCTA Bus Training
  • Choosing Routes and Understanding Schedule
  • Requesting Transfers
  • Purchasing bus tickets
  • Assistance in getting and using Half Fare Cards
  • Walks throughout the community
  • Utilizing maps, GPS systems, internet directions
  • Scavenger Hunts throughout the community
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Safety Awareness

  • Promoting safety awareness and following the correct traffic signals throughout the community
  • Being aware of surroundings in all situations
  • Understanding Pennsylvania Driving Laws that pertain to individuals such as seatbelt usage
  • Being aware kitchen safety, fire prevention, internet safety and stranger danger
  • Training in Disaster Preparedness
  • Participating in regular Fire Alarms to grasp appropriate safety protocol
  • Participate in BCRC’s annual Safety Carnival
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Money and Budgeting

  • Planning weekly shopping list of various items as to not replace unnecessary products
  • Educating about how to buy the cheaper item instead of name brand products (price comparison)
  • Shopping at discount priced stores
  • Educating about balancing a check book/ ledger book and sticking to proposed budgets
  • Working on understanding the value of money
  • Encouraging appropriate and affordable purchases

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Daily Living Skills

Provides opportunity to learn how to adequately:
  • Cook
  • Clean
  • Do laundry
  • Make beds
  • Do dishes
  • Sew
Continued development of Independence through practical skills

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Community Involvement/Volunteers

  • Provide transportation and support to various locations throughout the community to volunteer and serve others
  • Volunteering opportunities at locations such as:
  • Public Library
  • Medical Center
  • Red Cross
  • Daycare Centers
  • Humane Society of Beaver County and Pittsburgh

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Development of Hobbies

Encourage opportunities to develop and enhance interests and hobbies through active participation in:
  • Sports (improvement of physical stamina)
  • Crafts
  • Music/Movies
  • Art (Photography)
  • Gaming
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Exercise
  • Reading/Internet Research
Provide activities and resources that work on and develop fine/gross motor skill development


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Social Interaction & Self Esteem

  • Promote healthy and appropriate relationships between peers and staff
  • Allow regular opportunity for social interaction and engaging in healthy conversations
  • Trips into the Community
  • Social Events (dances, holiday festivities, cultural night, bake sale)
  • Daily activities
  • Provide information and support on ways to improve low self-esteem and self-image
  • Educate on social interaction skills such as proper social boundaries and basic communication skills

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Prevention of Victimization

  • Assist in learning proper internet usage and safety guidelines when accessing social networking sites
  • Educate on proper personal information to share and not to share
  • Development of safe practices with today’s technology
  • Increased awareness of Community Resources
  • Allow for opportunity to exhibit appropriate stranger awareness in the community
  • Bus Training
  • Pirates’ Baseball Games
  • Kennywood Trip
  • Pittsburgh Trips
  • Steeler’s Training Camp

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Academic Skill Development

  • Utilize resources such as the internet, worksheets, IPAD, library, and community trips to improve academic skills
  • Telling Time Money Usage
  • Reading/Research
  • Following Directions/Multiple Steps
  • Communication Skills
  • Safety Worksheets
  • Computer Usage/Typing-Mavis Beacon
  • Practical Math Skills Worksheets

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