Community access programs are often designed in conjunction with our supported independent living. A majority of the people supported by BRANCHES LIFESTYLE SUPPOR use us for Supported Independent Living (SIL) services, but everyone we support uses the community access arm of the service. It’s something we really value and we try hard to get it right.

Sometimes people don’t fit in to traditional “day program” structures, or don’t find that that sort of thing interests them. We like to think there needs to be some lateral thinking involved when helping people to get engaged and out and about. We work very hard to determine what our people genuinely want to do with their community access. Then we work with them to tailor individual programs that account for those interests, no matter how unique. We’ve had a lot of success in this area, coming up with some pretty inventive solutions to help people get to do the things they want to, both recreationally and vocationally. We like to test the usual ideas of what can be accomplished.

We encourage people to become a part of the community and stay a part of it. This may mean different things for different people. Clients may be members of more than one community, be it geographic, social or cultural and we do our best to facilitate active participation.

We also like to offer the people we support help to maintain an existing social network, the staff will work with you to ensure this.