Toledo-based Community Residential Services (CRS) has opened an adult day services center in Oregon.
CRS, which has been in business since 1979, is known primarily for its in-home service to adults with developmental disabilities. The company has four licensed group homes, two in Oregon and two on the west side of Toledo as well as several apartments where it supports a total of 39 individuals.
“We have been in business for more than 30 years,” said Tom Musto, the company’s executive director. “We know how to interact with people, we’re very good at meeting their needs, giving them what they need.”
|Joyce Carnovale, a dayhab worker at Community
Residential Services, works with one of the center's
The 2,500 square-foot facility, which is located at 3973 Navarre Ave. in Oregon near Heartland, is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The multi-room facility includes a general area that is segregated into two sections – a lounging section that includes a television and video games, and an area containing arts and crafts materials. Other rooms include a music room, an office and a sheltered, quite area.
“We’re probably about half-full right now,” said Musto. “We’re looking for people in order to bring us up to capacity — we want to get the word out to people in the community. We are (currently) serving seven clients with a capacity for about 12.”
In addition to arts and crafts, the clients engage in a variety of activities, ranging from cornhole and other simple board games as bingo.
“We’re serving people who are looking for a slower pace of life in a day program,” said Musto. “We’re doing social recreational, crafts, games, arts, dealing with things that just bring enjoyment to people – social recreational as opposed to a more vocational or work-type setting – people who want a slower pace; very low pressure, just people (who) want to socialize and be with friends.”
The center’s staff includes one full-time and three part-time employees. “We have a very imaginative staff,” said Musto. “The staff does a job of interacting well with one another and with our clients. What they try to do is get an idea of what people might be interested in. We’ve built up a stock of different things along with the arts and crafts. They’re always looking to do something different.”
Musto noted the gratitude that he and his fellow employees get from helping their clients.
“Gratitude is an every day thing,” he said. “You’re working on the same things every day, the little things, the little incremental improvements, the happiness that you bring to people. The quality services are shown with how people feel about their life — that’s what makes a difference. (It’s about) making people happy and making their lives better.”