Community Connections

It is essential for people with disabilities to be part of the communities in which they live.  Via helps people gain access to different volunteer, educational and recreation opportunities – and helps them learn how to access them independently.   Individuals explore interests and learn preferences while working on vocational, socialization, and communication skills.

 Who Is Eligible to Receive Services Through Community Connections?

Community Connections supports adults at all different stages of their lives, from recent high school graduates transitioning into adulthood, to people of retirement age staying active and continuing to access the network of friends and they’ve built over the years.  These services are funded by the PA Department of Human Services and private grants and donations.

What Does Community Connections Provide?

Via helps people discover and identify their preferences and choose community activities in which they can participate as independently as possible. These experiences facilitate interpersonal relationships and allow people to explore vocational options. Via staff coaches people individually or in small groups on vocational skills, volunteerism, public transportation, socialization, communication skills and recreation.

Community Connections offers:

  • Individualized volunteer opportunities at more than 20 local organizations.
  • Life skills development for students transitioning from high school to adulthood.
  • Recreational activities tailored to individual preferences.
  • Opportunities to participate in continuing education and enrichment courses.
  • Independent living opportunities through supported living in the community.

 

For more information, contact:
Chelsea Hamm, Community Connections Manager
C.Hamm@vianet.org| 610-317-8000 x473

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COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE:

To comply with Governor Wolf’s mandate that non-essential businesses be closed and with guidance from the PA Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), that funds many of our programs, Small Group Employment, many Community Employment Services, Creative Expressions Adult Training Facility and Prevocational Workshop are closed for participants until the mandate is lifted. 

However, ODP has determined that home and community-based services are considered life-sustaining and are exempt from the Governor’s directive asking for the closure of all non-essential businesses.  Therefore, Via will provide limited Community Participation supports, In-Home services and Behavioral Support services.  As we learn more from ODP, coordinators will reach out to participants about services that are available.  We are reaching out to Via staff now to determine who can provide these services. 

Coordinators are working remotely and are available by email or phone to answer your questions.  Please contact your coordinator by email or phone if you need anything or email Via@ViaNet.org.