Self Development focuses on promoting self-advocacy, building essential life skills, and participating in recreational activities. Regular outings in the community are prioritized as well. The Self Development Department regularly create items to sell at our Social Enterprise "ReFind". Several of the participants take part in work experience at both of our Social Enterprises part time as well. Some of the daily programming includes: Basic meal prep and baking, art therapy, yoga and meditation, social skills group, sign language, and various daily domestic skills.
Life Enhancement is a leisure focused department that promotes independence with daily tasks as well as incorporating communication. The environment in Life Enhancement is very comfortable and set up with reclining chairs and seating options to accommodate our Pre-Retirement participants. Some of the programming in this department includes: baking, enjoying music, games, and creating art, as well as hosting a weekly Coffee House for all of our participants.
Our Life Skills Department focuses on building communication skills as well as promoting independence with daily living. Many of the participants in this department use non-traditional forms of communication so the use of PECS (picture exchange communication system) is prominent. With most individuals in Life Skills requiring 1 to 1 support, the day is very carefully structured and provides a predictable schedule and routine customized for each of our participants. Some of the programming in Life Skills includes: art therapy, gardening, outdoor time on our newly built deck, sensory activities, and a dining program.
Haley Street is very fortunate to have a fully functioning Woodworking Department here on site. Our Wood Shop is very productive and provides a vital source of income for the organization. The Shop boasts a close knit group of peers and has an excellent sense of team work. This department has been involved in many community projects in recent years including partnerships with Sobeys, The CBRM, Cape Breton University, Rona, and many more. Some of the many products made in the Shop include: Picnic tables, garbage bins, recycle bins, indoor and outdoor home decor, industrial style custom tables, kindling, firewood, and survey stakes. Participants of the Woodworking Department have the opportunity to learn to use basic tools, sanding, painting, assembling, and packaging products, as well as interacting with the public.
"Coming here is my job" - Brian MacIntyre