Choices Transitional Services teaches life skills |

Choices Transitional Services teaches life skills

“Ain’t got a home…I’m a lonely boy…Ain’t got a home.” As the song suggests, not having a place to call one’s own or being isolated from other people is a very sad thing.

Choices Transitional Services, a private, nonprofit organization serves the community of South Lake Tahoe with an Independent Living Transitional Program. This program serves adults over the age of 18 with developmental disabilities. They are provided the opportunity to learn skills that lead to independence and full community integration. Because this program includes a two-year contract, other family members have time to adjust and accept their child’s new-found level of competence and independence.

The program design is very simple. Participants spend 24 hours per week in an apartment. This time also includes two overnight stays. They arrive at approximately 2 p.m. and each is assigned a chore list. Activities could include stripping beds, loading a washing machine and dryer, folding clean linen and putting them away, planning meals for two days, preparing a shopping list, going shopping and learning the best value for their money, preparing the meals, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, dusting and making beds. Participants also are trained how to budget and manage money. They learn how to open a checking account, how to write checks, pay bills and balance their ledgers. Because they are living in groups of four, participants learn anger management, conflict resolution and communication skills, develop relationships and just have fun with each other.

The Independent Living Transitional Program provides valuable training and support to adults with developmental disabilities. Without this program successful independent living is greatly diminished. Anyone who could benefit or knows someone who would benefit from the program should call Geniene McClellan or John Frick at (530) 541-0167 or visit the office at 1950 Lake Tahoe Blvd., Suite 2. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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