The Importance of Community Engagement

Community Engagement is very important to our clients and to us. We know that being an active community member is essential to achieving independence, which is why we encourage our Direct Support Professionals and staff members to engage in community outings. Being an active community member brings opportunities to strengthen different skills, etiquette, and proper behavior.

Unfortunately, we saw a rise in behavior issues with some of our clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to many of our clients being high risk, they were unable to engage in community activities and outings. Since the vaccine became available, we have been working on safely getting our clients back out in the community and participating in things they enjoy (and us too!) so they can continue to work on and strengthen skills that are needed to achieve independence.

LIFEDesigns receives so much support from local organizations, and we love when we can return the favor! Recently, some of our clients visited Morgansterns, a new bookstore in town and they absolutely loved it, especially their snacks! Our mission, vision, and values highlight the importance of people being able to access their community and engagements like this provide meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities.