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Game-Changer! Funding secured for life-changing JCC programs for disabled community

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From Tai Chi sessions for adults with autism to summer camps for teens with developmental disabilities, the St. Louis Jewish Community Center (the J) is dedicated to offering life-enriching programs for all ages. But to make these programs a reality, the J relies on significant community support

This is where the St. Louis County Productive Living Board (PLB) plays a crucial role. Last week, the J announced it received new funding from PLB, enabling it to continue serving hundreds of children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in St. Louis County. This funding supports their participation in various fitness, youth, adult, and camp programs.

“Their contributions help us create an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and empowered. The J is a more inclusive and welcoming place because of their generosity,” said Rabbi Brad Horwitz, chief Jewish engagement officer at the J.

Life Enrichment services

The J’s Life Enrichment program tailors activities specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities. Highlights include J Day Camps, Teen Skills Summer Camp, Theatre Unlimited, Sunday Friendship and personalized fitness training.

J Day Camps welcome all children, including those with disabilities. Each year, Life Enrichment counselors are hired to support eligible children with developmental disabilities at no extra cost to their families, thanks to the PLB grants. The Teen Skills Camp is another standout, guiding young adults with developmental disabilities towards living more independently.

Additionally, the J offers fitness classes led by certified trainers, such as adaptive aquatics in the therapy pool, Zumba and customized personal training sessions. All of these classes are funded by the PLB.

For more information about the Life Enrichment department at the J, contact Kristen Conard, associate director of Life Enrichment & Adult Day Services at [email protected], or visit them online.

 

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