Evening/ Weekend Community Engagement

Diversity Evening Services

The Community Engagement Program assists individuals 18 and older to participate entirely in the community in groups of 1 – 3 individuals between 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

This program is designed to support and foster the ability of the individual to acquire, retain, or improve skills necessary to build positive social behavior, preparation for employment, interpersonal skills, greater independence and personal choice necessary to access typical activities and functions of community life, using the community as the natural learning environment.

This program also focuses on building relationships with people who are not paid to work with the individuals and it may include volunteer work, continuing education, accessing community facilities such as a local library, gym, or recreation center, participation in retirement or senior activities, bowling, the mall to shop, movies, festivals, ballet, and anything else people with and without disabilities do in their time off from work.
Participants can talk to staff any time they are unhappy with their services, and DIVERSITY will try to improve the issue. DIVERSITY staff will help the participant contact their guardian or their case manager if needed. Please refer to the Program Manager for the entire Policy. If things still aren’t okay, participants or guardians can file a verbal or written grievance. A grievance is a concrete way of telling DIVERSITY that you are unhappy about something and asking for someone to help you with it. Grievances should be submitted to Michelle Whittingham, Program Director at mcwhittingham@onedivesity.org or 804-276-1600. This information is also located in each program. DIVERSITY will respond to a formal grievance within 7 days. If the issue cannot be fixed, a team meeting will be called for additional help in strategizing potential solutions. If the participant or Legal Guardian does not feel they are receiving necessary assistance to resolve their complaint from DIVERSITY, they can contact Regional Human Rights Advocate, Sharae Henderson at 804-524-7479 at any time for additional assistance.
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