Excentia Human Services’ Life Enrichment Services offers a wide variety of opportunities for people to seek employment opportunities, gain awareness of their community, contribute to their community, and develop skills to lead an independent life. Individuals are able to receive one or multiple of the below services.
Employment First Services
We believe all people have the right to work in a stimulating and healthy environment which enhances their quality of life. Excentia Human Services provides people with disabilities employment training and opportunities to assist people in achieving their employment goals.
Excentia Human Services assists with the following to assist in achieving your employment goals:
- Discovering a person’s strengths, preferences, and possible contributions in community-based settings
- Assessing a person’s skills and interests through community based work assessments
- Assists with finding or developing a job
- Provides on the job coaching and supports once employment has been obtained
- Benefits Counseling to determine how to maximize your financial gain and maximize your SSI/SSDI benefits
Excentia Human Services recognizes not everyone has the desire or ability to work a 40 hour/wk job. We encourage job seekers to pursue opportunities for employment whether it’s a job for 2 hours/wk or 40 hours/wk. We believe any degree of competitive employment will enhance your life.
While it is our goal to help people achieve the greatest freedom to maximize their contributions to their communities and to experience the benefits of community participation, we also recognize that most organizations and communities are not yet sufficiently developed to fully support people with more complex support needs. For people with complex support needs we will do our best to provide the professional ongoing community-based employment supports according to individual need and funding authorization.
Independent U is a licensed Community Participation Support service designed to help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities become connected with their community. The goal of this program is to give participants the tools they need to gain personal and professional independence through volunteer work.
Participants explore various locations based on their skills, interests and needs. With the help of support staff, participants make contacts throughout Lancaster County, set up daily volunteer schedules, work toward desired outcomes, and build interpersonal skills.
Community volunteer locations can include
- Animal shelters
- Nursing homes
- Meals on Wheels
- Other local nonprofits
Adult Day Services
Adult Day Services (ADS) provides opportunities for people to integrate themselves into their community while also providing opportunities for facility based activities. Community experiences provide opportunities for people to explore their community and possibilities for employment. They also encourage social readiness and skill development, while growing one’s independence and confidence. Individuals learn to self-advocate and take responsibility of oneself while being provided choice and control.
Excentia understands not everyone is ready for employment and not everyone wants to spend the majority of their time in the community. ADS provides supports that are individualized, flexible and tailored to fit specific participant needs. Individuals learn about themselves and the world around them through structured and enriching opportunities in the community and the facility.
Community experiences focus on:
- Arts and creative expression
- Development of social skills
- Advocacy and self-advocacy
- Health and wellness
- Community exploration
Home and Community Supports
The Home and Community Supports program integrates people into their community and teaches individuals to live as independently as possible in their homes and their community. Individuals are supported in community locations of their choosing while participating in activities alongside people without disabilities.
The following are common skills people learn to increase their independence:
- Money management
- Learning public transportation
- Making healthy life decisions
- Home skills (cooking, cleaning, laundry, yardwork, etc.)
- Learning community resources
- Developing leisure activity preferences
- Choice and decision making
- Developing social skills
- Developing communication skills
Skills acquired and maintained through Home and Community Supports are essential to the overall success for someone seeking competitive employment.
If you have a question and would like to speak with someone at Excentia, please direct your inquiry to one of our Program Champions. Our Program Champions can be reached by phone during their office hours or you can send them an email.
We know that life is complicated. We can figure it out - together.
- Name: Jeff Kepeck
- Phone: 717.519.6740 x233
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hours: 8-4PM
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