Community-based Day Programs

Our community-based day programs give individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to be part of the community through employment, volunteering, attending college classes, and taking part in recreational activities.  We use a range of supports to help each person grow, achieve goals and gain a sense of accomplishment.

Support for Employment

Many of the individuals in our community-based day programs strive to find and maintain meaningful employment and earn money.  We’re with them every step of the way, offering a range of support services to help them succeed at work.  We also provide support to employers to ensure that we create successful employment experiences for both the individual and the employer.  Among the businesses that have employed individuals served by Cole Vocational Services are:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Del Taco
  • Taco Bell
  • Carl’s Jr

Activities to Increase Independence

California MENTOR, community-based day programs, men at workWe also encourage our program participants to volunteer with community organizations that can assist them in learning new skills and may lead to employment opportunities.  Accompanied by our staff to all volunteer activities, individuals have done work to benefit organizations such as Meals on Wheels, as well as thrift stores, food banks and churches.

Additionally, our day programs offer opportunities to take part in engaging recreational activities and community outings involving:

  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Movies
  • Amusement parks
  • Museums
  • Farmers markets

Individualized Services in the Community

Our experienced staff establishes positive relationships with every individual we support.  We get to know the individuals' unique needs and interests in order to help them identify community activities or employment opportunities that they will enjoy.  Through a comprehensive referral process, we work with our Regional Center partners to ensure that individuals are matched with a community-based day program that suits their wants and needs.

Contact your local office for more information on our day programs.