"Through The Extended Family Sean has increased his focus while he works, learned new skills, developed camaraderie with the group, and contributed to the community. I highly recommend The Extended Family!" -Diane Shand
The Extended Family meaningfully engages exceptional adults who rely on qualified support by providing a sanctuary for learning skills, community integration, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging where personal interests, passions, and unrecognized intellectual abilities are revealed.
Interns actively engage in ideation, decision making, and problem solving to create and develop micro-business enterprises. All interns are included in every aspect of the business. An adaptive work plan is created for each individual ensuring the full participation of everyone.
At the heart of Meaningful Engagement (ME) is an environment of inclusion, collaboration and teamwork within a no-pressure, non-hierarchical structure, resulting in a keen sense of ownership, responsibility, and pride.
And most of all, we have FUN!
....is that until every one of them has a job, a social life, and a home to call their own, they are powerless. It's unacceptable that these exceptional adults don't have the opportunity to create a life filled with purpose; a life of personal power.
Strolling along the edge of the sea, a man catches sight of a young woman who appears to be engaged in a ritual dance. She stoops down, then straightens to her full height, casting her arm out in an arc.
Drawing closer, he sees the beach around her is littered with starfish, and she is throwing them one by one into the sea.
He lightly mocks her: “There are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see, for miles up the beach. What difference can saving a few of them possibly make?”
Smiling, she bends down and once more tosses a starfish out over the water, saying serenely, "It certainly makes a difference to this one."