Combines classroom instruction with community integration and vocational development.
- Adult Development Center
- Community Inclusion Services
- Seniors Program
Offers people with disabilities the opportunity to learn essential work skills while earning a paycheck in a friendly and supportive environment.
About The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center
The Sol and Ruth Gerber Family Center has four day programs that assist 171 individuals acquire the skills to enable increased independence. These programs help them achieve their personal goals including maximum participation in the community and in various work environments. Two programs are site-based: the Adult Development Center (ADC) with a ratio of one instructor to four participants (1:4) and the Activity Center (AC) with a ratio of 1:8. Two programs are based in the community and spend more than half of the day off-site. These programs are Community Inclusion Services (CIS) and the Seniors Program, and have a ratio of 1:3. The Arc of San Diego's Early Intervention Servics also has on-site services here.
In addition to life skills, functional academics, social skills, vocational skills, and physical wellness training, site-based activities for all programs include: cooking classes, gardening activities, art classes, music therapy sessions, and computer skills. Off-site activities for CIS include training on how to use public transportation and other community resources, developing shopping skills, volunteering at other non-profits, and paid work at restaurants and other establishments. The Seniors Program focuses less on vocational skills and more on recreational and health & wellness events such as visiting museums, parks, senior and nutrition centers, and special trips to go bowling or see movies.
The production center offers Food Services Training, Computer Literacy, Self Advocacy, the Stepping Out Program, and a Men's & Women's Club to 81 clients. The program recently created The Job Club, a client-driven group that meets once a month to share and discuss tips on getting a job in the local community.