Creative Enterprises Day Training Client Celebrates One Year of Independence

PADUCAH,KY:

Four Rivers Behavioral Health offers an Adult Day Training Program for clients with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities. The Creative Enterprises Program is designed to provide job training and daily living skills along with recreational activities. The ultimate goal for those participating in Day Training is to become more independent and self-sufficient in daily life and the community.

Clients participating in the program range in diagnosis from Down Syndrome, to Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other disorders that occur during the developmental period of birth to age 18.

As part of Four Rivers Behavioral Health’s efforts to create and foster independence, the company operates “Fourth and Deli” in the lobby of the US Bank Building in downtown Paducah. Clients from the Creative Enterprises Day Training Program work at Fourth and Deli and continue to learn skills that can help them reach their personal goals. In early 2015, when the bank began looking for a new partner to operate the snack counter and deli in their lobby, Four Rivers Behavioral Health decided it was something that the company could be a part of and it would provide an opportunity for clients to be in a ‘real world’ environment.

Recently, Kim Robinson, a Creative Enterprises Client celebrated one year of working at Fourth and Deli. Her enthusiasm and excitement about coming to work everyday is infectious. She said, “I love it here. I have so much fun. I get to help make sandwiches and I do inventory and cut up vegetables and love being here.”

She continued, “I just had my Super Bowl Special that I came up with. I dressed like a referee and whenever someone ordered the special I blew my ref’s whistle.”

Janice Jones, is a Creative Day Program staff member and also works as the supervisor for the deli. Jones said, “I am so thrilled to come to work every day and see Kim’s smiling face. I know she is happy and enjoys working at the deli.”

Jones continued, “What truly moves me is that we have given Kim an opportunity that she might not have otherwise had. She has responsibilities and earns a paycheck and that’s something that might have been difficult for another employer to offer Kim. Because the deli is just across the street from Four Rivers Behavioral Health, Kim has a comfort level on that first day. She was familiar with the area which was an important part of Kim begin successful.”

The Creative Enterprises Program works to provide job training and daily living skills along with recreational activities. The ultimate goal for those participating in Day Training is to become independent and self-sufficient in daily life and the community.

 

Four Rivers Behavioral Health is a private, not-for-profit agency that for more than 50 years has provided comprehensive mental health, substance abuse and developmental/intellectual disability services to clients in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, McCracken, and Marshall Counties.

For more information about Creative Enterprises Day Training Program or other services available for those with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability, contact Four Rivers Behavioral Health at 270.442.7121 or visit the company’s website at www.4RBH.org.

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