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Southside Services Inc

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: The mission of southside services is to enhance the capacity of adults and youth with cognitive and other developmental disabilities to become increasingly active, contributing members of their communities.

Programs: Community connections-to help adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities achieve "my life, my way", we provide one-on-one support. We help where help is needed - and only where help is needed - so our "community connections" program looks different for every person we serve. It can mean helping a client navigate the health care system or assisting with phone calls to the bank or the social security office. Our staff provide whatever individuals need to meet goals of independence. Sometimes those are formal goals, but more often they are informal. When someone needs to move, we help. When someone is anxious about going to a medical appointment, we go along. We get to know our clients and we learn what is hard for each of them. That's why community connections looks different for every person we serve. It's all about helping adults live out our motto, "my life, my way. "

therapeutic recreation-fills a significant gap by providing consistent, low-cost recreation activities that are available to socially isolated adults with disabilities living in minneapolis. The group recreation outings reinforce physical activity, healthy lifestyles and healthy social behaviors for the clients. Much more than just "social outings", recreational activities are a critically important vehicle for building social skills and confidence, reducing social isolation, building a family of support, promoting community integration and creating numerous "teachable moments" that support healthy behaviors and independent living.

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