Quietly integrating, empowering, and enriching the lives of individuals we serve, through community involvement.
Available in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties, Living Resources Day Services is made up of two programs, the Day Community Opportunities Program and Site-Based Day Habilitation.
Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP)
The Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP) began in 1998 when a number of participants in Living Resources day habilitation program expressed a desire to get involved with and experience the communities around them - not just for an hour or two - but for the entire day. From the dreams of those participants, The Day Community Opportunities Program was created.
The DCOP is a “without walls” program offered throughout the Capital/Saratoga Region for adults 18 years and older. Individuals participate in a wide variety of community experiences, including life skills development, volunteer opportunities, recreational activities and cultural and artistic pursuits.
Participants may also take advantage of small group skill-building classes that focus on areas that the participant and support team identify as areas of need or interest. Classes include, but are not limited to: travel training, computer instruction, cooking, money management, reading, and a variety of art classes.
Through volunteerism, education, and enrichment activities, DCOP participants develop essential and practical life skills that promote independence. By utilizing these aspects and “quiet integration,” in the community, the DCOP has created an environment that fosters community inclusion, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy for its participants.
Site-Based Day Habilitation
The Site-Based Day Habilitation program, with sites in Schenectady, Albany and East Greenbush, supports individuals who tend to need a more support than those in the DCOP. Site-Based provides more staff per participant, and can always offer a quiet space within the site if someone is having a tough day.
At their sites, individuals participate in activities such as art classes, craft projects, movie days, games, and cooking/baking classes. They also work on skill-building for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) like housekeeping, reading and writing.
Additionally, participants go out in the community on a regular basis - some daily, others not as often - based on their desires and interests as well as their abilities, challenges, and goals.
Community activities include volunteering for Meals on Wheels, visiting museums, fire houses, farms, parks, malls, going out to lunch, having picnics, playing basketball, and hiking.