At the Mille Lacs Co. Area DAC we support individuals in all aspects of their lives. In our work program we assist our clients with building and maintaining the skills needed to work, either in our program, or in the community. Similarly, our clients receive assistance to build and maintain the skills needed to support themselves in the community and in the home.
In Life Skills, we focus on the skills an individual would need to be independent in their own home. Each client is on a rotating meal schedule, which gives him or her the opportunity to plan a complete meal from beginning to end. They choose the content, invite their choice of guests, shop for the meal at a local grocery, prepare the meal, and clean up after the meal. In addition to meal prep, we focus on choosing healthy habits through discussions and exercise. Clients that enjoy gardening can participate with their peers and staff in maintaining the flower and vegetable gardens that exist at both of our locations. We process all of the fruit and vegetables in our kitchens and all clients are able to enjoy the benefits of the garden regardless of ability.
Community Skills places a focus on functional academics and community integrations. In this area, we teach skills needed to access the community. From banking, to the post office, learning to drive, assistance with form completion, or written communications with family and friends, our staff provides excellent training and supervision required for each of our clients to gain new strengths. Some attendees are able to access the community independently, but for those that are unable, our staff accompanies them into the community on a variety of integrations. Currently, we visit many local businesses on a daily basis; we enjoy garage sales in the summer; we visit the library; and sometimes we even take educational field trips.
It is this and so much more that makes the Mille Lacs Co. Area DAC a great place to be, for both clients and staff. We are truly a community of people committed to improving the lives of the disabled and we look forward to meeting you soon!