Community Access Services

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Alpha’s Community Access program provides one-on-one services for participants to actively engage in their community and to build relationships around common interests.

The values of our Community Access program come from the heart of Alpha’s formation over 40 years ago – that all individuals have unique interests and want to feel valued by their community. We started the Community Access Program as a contracted service with King County to support full inclusion for our clients in the community.

Through a process of discovery, we connect our clients to people of all walks of life who share similar interests, such as music, the outdoors, and animals. The personal growth that comes from exploring new opportunities and developing relationships builds confidence while having fun.

Participants are supported by Alpha’s Community Access staff.  All services are guided by an individualized Community Access plan created in collaboration with the client, guardians, family members, and other people close to the Community Access participant.

Some examples of our clients’ activities include volunteering at animal shelters and the Hunger Intervention Program, singing with a choir, visiting local coffee shops, and spending time at neighborhood community centers.

To qualify for Community Access Services, an individual must fall into either of these two eligibility categories:

  1. Individuals with developmental disabilities ages 62 and older who:
    1. have retired
    2. have never worked and do not want a job
  1. Individuals who have opted out of employment services after 9 months or more in an employment program or have received an Exception to Policy (ETP) from their DDA Case Manager to forego employment services.

For more information about Alpha’s Community Access Services, view the Orientation Information Packet here.

 

Contact the Community Access Team:

Jill Gruber  –  Quality Assurance Manager  –  jgruber@alphasls.org

Laura Pretto  –  Community Access Supervisor  –  lpretto@alphasls.org