POINT (Pursuing Our Independence Together) Community
POINT supports young adults, ages 21 and older, with developmental and learning disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, to live independently in apartments located throughout downtown White Plains. Participants engage in a variety of vocational, life skills training, and social activities and enjoy the camaraderie of others and the oversight of specialists provided by WJCS and JCCA. View a video about the community here.
- Crisis intervention and 24-hour emergency coverage
- Counseling and social skills training
- Social and recreational opportunities
- Community activities
- Volunteer opportunities
- Exercise and sports
- Travel training and local and regional trips
- Wellness programs
- Service coordination and benefits management
- Life skills training in housekeeping, cooking and money and time management
- Vocational specialists who provide counseling, job development and job coaching.
Staffing is provided through a collaborative arrangement between WJCS and the JCCA and includes:
- A full-time director
- Program specialists who support participants and help them coordinate their programs
- Life skills trainers
- Dedicated service coordinator
- Vocational specialists who provide counseling, job development and job coaching
- Instructors in wellness activities.
Participants receive a weekly visit from their program specialists to help them to achieve their personal goals and assist with any problem-solving needs. A calendar of activities is available to participants each month and includes a variety of social activities. All POINT participants are expected to be actively engaged in employment, education or volunteer opportunities. More than 50% of POINT participants are in paid employment, with the others engaged in paid and unpaid internships, training programs or volunteer situations.
Families, an integral part of POINT, participate in committees to enhance program offerings, advise on program management and assist with accessing needed services for participants. Parents raise funds and volunteer their talents to provide increased opportunities for the young adults.
POINT seeks young adults who have experienced living away from home, such as sleep-away camp, college or a post-secondary residential program. They must be able to take medications independently and must demonstrate emotional stability prior to admission.