Harbor House Programs
As each participant arrives for his/her day at Harbor House, they can choose from a wide variety of opportunities to enhance their personal productivity and enjoyment. Two areas of particular interest among the participants are our on-site Automated Bulk-Mailing Employment department and our on-site Program Services department.
Many participants earn a paycheck by working in our mail/fulfillment area. Each participant takes great pride in being a tremendous help with our inserting, tabbing, sorting and packaging needs.
In Harbor House's on-site Program Services department, our professional staff works with each participant to sharpen their understanding of fundamental money skills, basic home cleaning techniques and the importance of personal hygiene. Regularly scheduled interactive cooking classes provide both nutrition/health education and enjoyment for all those interested.
Other educational classes such as reading, writing, typing, and interview skills are also provided on a daily or weekly basis. We are able to use our interactive SMART board and other interactive technoloy in our computer lab for continuing education and leisure activities with each participant.
Several times each year, Harbor House partners with other community organizations such as Sun Valley Community Center and Kentucky Center for the Arts to provide activities ranging from adapted recreation and special events to art activities. Harbor House participants and staff also volunteer daily delivering Senior Care Meals. The program's ultimate goal is enhancement of social skills through peer interaction.
Located on approximately 15 acres of land belonging to Incarnation Church, Harbor House is generously offored the use of a gymnasium, playground and ball fields. Other recreation and physical fitness activities–such as swimming and exercising–take place during trips to the YMCA. The participants regularly take part in exercise videos, walking, team sport activities and dancing. To enjoy the outdoors participants and staff in the "Sunshine Club," have daily nature walks on the grounds surrounding Harbor House. When weather does not permit, participants gain excercise through games such as Wii bowling and Wii golf.
Greater social awareness also plays a vital role in our programs as participants are introduced to a variety of civic, educational, arts and craft activities. Each season is celebrated with theme projects and everyone enjoys taking part in monthly birthday parties. Bellarmine nursing students recently organized a health fair for the participants. Many participants volunteer with other community programs such as Meals on Wheels and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.
Activities are not limited to Harbor House's on-site programs. One of our fundamental goals is to increasingly improve our participants' interaction with the greater community. Weekly trips to the bank, the Louisville Zoo, Louisville Slugger Museum, the Kentucky State Fair, shopping excursions and visits to the library are among the many scheduled field trips every year. For the first time, this year the participants submitted an entry in the Kentucky State Fair. Their entry came in 3rd Place!
In addition to being involved in the local community, we also try to bring the community to us. Every month a band called the Musik Makers comes to Harbor House to perform and sing with our participants. We also have music with Abigail once a month where participants learn lyrics to their favorite songs! Earlier this year, YouthBuild Louisville visited Harbor House and helped our participants plant vegetables, fruits and flowers in our therapy garden beds in the backyard. The therapy garden beds invite a full sensory experience, and give us the oppportunity to have lessons on nutrition, health, and wellness. Plants are a hands-on way to cover a number of topics such as measurements, weather, seasons, nutrition, etc.
Harbor House's services qualify for the Medicaid certified Supports for Community Living (SCL) waiver and we provide professional staffing for Supports for Community Living (SCL) case management. This case management service helps the person with a disability and/or their family to develop a plan that meets their specific needs and wants of the participant. This is to ensure that each individual is happy with the services they are receiving and that their overall health, safety, and welfare are taken care of in the appropriate manner.