Heartspring’s residential program had a good year for the 2010-11 school year. We had 48 students living on campus and another three students living in our off-campus home, G7, which means all of our beds were full and our staff was kept busy.
We were pleased with the success of our off-campus home that opened last year. A couple of students had successful transitions to adult programs from G7, all due to the hard work of the staff and students in the off-campus home.
On campus, our paraeducators continued to serve the needs of our residential students. Our home coordinators, home coordinator assistants and paraeducators worked diligently to help our students gain as much independence in their lives as possible to prepare them for life after Heartspring.
Our group home staff follows the same programs and plans that are used in the school to ensure that our services are consistent and high quality. Our students work on self-care skills, do daily chores, work on their goals, programs and participate in many outings into the community on weeknights and weekends. Wichita has been supportive of our cause and our students enjoy the many resources it provides for us. It is important for our students to get out into the community in order for them to be able to generalize the skills and tools they learn at Heartspring.
Group home seven has been a successful addition to Heartspring’s residential services. With this off-campus house, students can better prepare for life after Heartspring. With hard work, students may eventually transition into adult programs.
The off-campus house, pictured below, includes a larger living space and bedrooms decorated by the students and their families.