Social experiences in the community are great ways to practice independent living skills while having fun. It’s also an opportunity to go out with friends and to make new ones. Our “Night Out” offers groups of men and women choices of what they’d like to do, usually on a weekend evening. Their choices typically include eating out, the movies, shopping, sporting events, concerts, festivals, cookouts, or get-togethers at each other’s homes. Participating in “Night Out” gives individuals a reason to budget their money so they have enough when the evening arrives; it also provides opportunities to practice and become more confident using money, practicing good pedestrian skills, ordering independently, making choices, and applying appropriate social interactions. But the most important thing about “Night Out” is the time shared with friends.
Vision Mentors hands-on approach with family, friends, and community helps us better understand the needs, concerns, and questions that families may have. This is why we began the Parents Educational Moments, to bring guest speakers into a non-judgmental environment where these questions can be addressed openly and honestly and where relationships can be built. These meetings are held several times throughout the year. If you would like to be included on our mailing list to receive updates and meeting notices, please fill out this form.
This program began in 2010 to fill a need for young ladies looking for a safe environment to meet other ladies, to learn how to develop healthy relationships and to gain new, lifelong friends. A combination of classroom learning, application, and accountability has contributed to the success of HEART. The curriculum begins with the importance of self esteem – and progresses through various stages including healthy self, healthy friendships, and healthy dating.