CYO Recreational Respite Program
Saturday nights are best known for fun, recreation and friends. Whether itrsquos a trip to a bowling alley or staying in to plays cards with a few close friends, Saturday nights are a welcomed break from a busy week. For persons with developmental disabilities, therersquos no better way to spend a Saturday night than with Recreational Respite at Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County. Designed specifically for persons with developmental disabilities, Recreational Respite offers participants a wide variety of activities, field trips and socialization with their peers. Participants thrive as they make new friends, increase their self-esteem and enhance their social skills.
Experience That Keeps Getting Better
Recreational Respite (formerly named CYO) began 1989 at the request of families who needed a break from the 24-hour a day care they provided to their family member with a disability. Over the years, the program has continued to evolve, grow and change to best meet the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Using Northeast Ohio as a playground, Recreational Respite continues to add new adventures and locations each year.
Variety and Choices Keeps Our Participants Coming Back
Recreational Respite offers a wide variety of activities and social interaction. Frequent field trips throughout the year are the most popular activities among participants. Participants have enjoyed visiting places like Cedar Point, The Wilds, Cleveland Zoo, Lake Farm Park, Put-In-Bay and Hartville Flea Market and Restaurant to name a few. They have enjoyed train rides through Sugarcreek and voyages on the Atwood Queen.
When not on a field trip, the program is held at a local site where participants enjoy activities like dancing, games, arts, crafts, cooking, music appreciation and social interaction. All activities are ldquoby choicerdquo allowing participants to exercise decision making and practice self-determination.
Educated, Compassionate Staff That Knows Each Participant
The staff at Recreational Respite is committed to providing the highest level of service to our participants. With a ratio of not more than four participants per staff member, the program is able to provide supervision at a level that is appropriate for most participants. Throughout the year, the staff learns about each participantrsquos likes and dislikes, and is able to customize the program to fit the needs of most individuals.
Recreational Respite has a reputation for retaining long-time employees which provides a greater level of comfort and familiarity to our participants. Many of the staff have earned degrees in areas such as education, special education, and psychology. Additionally, each staff member must, be fingerprinted and pass a criminal background check.
Who Can Attend: Participants are individuals who are eligible for services through their county board of developmental disabilities and range in age from 13 ndash 80 years of age. At the program, individuals are grouped according to age to maintain appropriate peer interaction during sessions. Staff will assist participants in meeting and cementing friendships with same age peers with similar interests.
Due to the programrsquos active schedule, participants must have basic personal care skills and be capable of demonstrating appropriate behavior, especially in public places. Assistance is available to dispense medications and minor medical treatments throughout the session.
Recreational Respite welcomes persons of all religions.