Community Development Services

Community Development Services (CDS) is a program that is designed to assist our supported individuals in becoming more integrated, independent, and engaged in the community through meaningful and purposeful activities. CDS, a DDA funded program, is separate and distinct from residential services, personal supports and day habilitation programs, in that CDS is completely community based.

CDS supports the individual's growth and development through participation in local community events, volunteer opportunities, and a virtually unlimited number of community-based activities. CDS is provided in small groups of up to four individuals, with similar likes and interests, who explore their community up to 5 days a week, for approximately 6 hours per day.

This program is designed to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities familiarize themselves with and accomplish basic community-based tasks, allowing them to become more independent and successful. We follow each individual's Person Centered Plan and focus on their strengths, needs, goals, and desires, to help them become active and valued members of their community.

Skills and Activities include:

  • Life Skills Development
  • Community Safety
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Travel Training
  • Positive Recreation and Leisure Choices
  • Technology
  • Money Management
  • Relationship Building
  • Fitness/Wellness
  • Creative Arts
  • Mindfulness
  • Social Interaction/Soft Skills
  • Communication
  • Volunteering

Read more about our new CDS Services here.

For questions or more information about how to register, please contact our Director of Day Services, Rachel Kollasch at  410-316-9574 or email