The Next Stop encourages and supports individual personal growth in the areas of self confidence, social skills, maturity, life skills/abilities and awareness, through planned activities and interaction.
Who is The Next Stop program designed for?
Those who are developmentally disabled, are high functioning, and meet these guidelines:
- Members must be
- 18 years or older
- Able to communicate
- Able to use the bathroom without assistance
- Cooperative, compliant, and able to engage in group activities
- Members must not have aggressive or violent behaviors.
What do members do at The Next Stop?
The Next Stop’s program provides opportunities for social interactions, recreational activities, and life skill learning. At the Suwanee Sports Academy we have our own two rooms for social activities and learning, complete with a residential kitchen. We also have access to gym space for recreational fun and a walking path outside. A typical afternoon might include:
- The first hour is “free social time” that is facilitated by volunteers. Basic options for members are games, puzzles, gym activities, talking with your friends, and/or craft corner activities. This time supports social interactions with other members and/or volunteers.
- Cooking and food preparation is a big part of most afternoons. Besides learning to prepare different foods and follow a recipe, our goals are to support familiarity with kitchen tasks and tools and introduce new foods.
- Each day we spend time in the gym enjoying some kind of recreation. Examples are kickball, volleyball, floor hockey, square dancing, fitness, tennis, relays, etc. Several times a year we walk on the Suwanee trail that passes in front of the Suwanee Sports Academy.
- The end of the day is usually spent all together playing a group game, having discussions, learning a new concept, etc. This time is sometimes used for guests who come to share their skill or knowledge with us.
Who Staffs the Program?
Vicki and Stu LaRoche, founders of The Next Stop, lead the program. Currently The Next Stop has two part-time employees–a Program Planning Assistant and a Volunteer/Member Coordinator. Our staff and volunteers have all been screened with criminal background check and fingerprinting. Because volunteers facilitate activities, support social interactions, lead groups, and encourage members, their role at The Next Stop is an integral part of this program.
How Do We Sign-up?
Contact The Next Stop at 404-932-3953 or email Vicki LaRoche at firstname.lastname@example.org. A visit to the program will be arranged.