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Adult Services Division

Adult Client arranging retail spaceThe Adult Program offers adults age 18 and older opportunities to participate in vocational and pre-vocational training, supported employment, life skills training, and community integration in order to achieve greater independence. Many of these individuals, while unsuccessful in traditional work situations, are extremely gifted in other areas. The program is constantly evolving to meet the needs of each individual and to find outlets for his/her many talents.

Adult Clients buying groceriesLocated in Old Town Alexandria and North Bethesda, our program is different in that we combine work opportunities, enrichment activities and life skills training in ways that suit the individual. The main focus, as in all St. Coletta programs, is community integration. We reject the traditional "sheltered workshop" model in favor of opportunities that allow individuals to be part of the wider world and participate in all aspects of community life. Our individuals participate in a range of activities depending upon their interests and abilities. We have opportunities for competitive and volunteer employment for those who are capable of working with support, as well pre-vocational activities. Other activities include gardening, computer activities, sewing and weaving, home and self-care, grocery shopping, cooking and meal planning, community outings, physical activity and dance, swimming and creative arts.

St. Coletta Shops in Alexandria and North Bethesda sell jewelry, accessories and home décor products designed and manufactured by participants at those locations.  We offer training in weaving, fused glass, beading and other techniques to participants.  Manufacturing products teaches time on task, following directions, working with others and other vocational skills that are transferable to any work site.  In addition it is a source of pride for our participants to see their finished products and have the opportunity to sell them.

The Virginia residents from Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington Counties, the cities of Alexandria, and Falls Church we offer pre-vocational and day support programs. The Maryland program provides supported employment services for residents of Maryland. Resident of the District of Columbia can get pre-vocational or day support services at the Virginia location, depending on available space. Participants are referred to programs through their local Community Services Board (CSB) in Virginia, through The Department on Disability Services (DDS) in the District of Columbia and in Maryland through the Developmental Disabilities Administration. St. Coletta is licensed by the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services and accredited through CARF, Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and is a Medicaid provider in Virginia and D.C in Maryland through the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

For more information about the Adult Day Program in Virginia please call 571-438-6940. In Maryland, please contact us at 301-804-4360.