Join us as we officially launch our new program – The Venture Advancement Center. The new initiative provides supports to young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) This transitional program focuses on assisting with the training, education and social skills required to find meaningful employment. In general, engagement in meaningful work provides a host of benefits in addition to compensation and self-sufficiency.
We will also be unveiling our dedication to our longtime supporter, Dick Hoyt. His family will be assisting with the ribbon cutting.
Tours of the program will be available after the ribbon cutting.
Thursday, March 31st @ 10:30am
Venture Advancement Center | 1 Picker Road, Sturbridge, MA
Our community outreach programming has once again been funded by a generous donation by the Hoyt Foundation. Many thanks for making this program possible!
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused Venture to drastically change how services and activities are provided to the nearly 300 people receiving support. During one of the agency’s most challenging times, Venture has adapted its community outreach opportunities to include remote activities that people can join in from home on a weekly, including:
Made possible by donations from the Hoyt Foundation.
Venture is proud to report that the Community Outreach Program has grown tremendously over the 2019—2020 fiscal year. The goal of this unique program is provide free social and recreational opportunities to both adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During the past year, the program has provided:
Two free yoga classes monthly to children in the Blackstone Valley region
Six free yoga classes monthly to adult participants of our three day programs
Once-monthly therapeutic drum circles and live music for kids
Once-monthly therapeutic drum circles and live music for adult participants of our three day programs
Sensory-friendly Halloween Party and Spring Fling family fun events for kids and their families
Cooking classes and craft programs for kids and their families
An instructor-led Paint Night was enjoyed by more than 30 adults for each the spring and fall session
Herb gardening and Thanksgiving centerpiece creations hosted by Bemis Farms Nursery for more than 50 adults
Activities for day program participants such as projects with local artists, tai chi and more
More than 130 adults from our programs as well as the community at large attended both the Summer Luau and Winter Wonderland dances