FARMINGTON – LEAP Inc. has announced its spring calendar of respite activities for youths and adults in the greater Farmington area. DREAM stands for Diversified Respite Enrichment Activities program, which is run by LEAP staff and local volunteers.

The respite program supports participants with cognitive and developmental disabilities to gain independence, new skills and have fun learning about their community. The program is designed to support adults who receive minimal supports and youth who are living at home with family members.

The program is primarily funded through donations from the Tri-Valley United Way and local volunteer support. The respite supports are free and there is a small fee to cover participant expenses, such as supplies or lunch. Contact Rick Dorian at LEAP, 778-3443, ext. 104, to request an application or brochure.

The schedule is as follows: Saturday, March 10, youth program, making crafts and pizza and movie watching at LEAP’s office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, adult program, visit the Franklin County Home and Leisure Show and lunch in Wilton from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, April 7, adult program, in town shopping, lunch and movie in Farmington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, youth program, Kora Shrine Circus at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, May 12, youth program, movie-making, building tacos and a movie at LEAP’s office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, adult program, McLaughlin Gardens in South Paris and lunch or movie from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Interested participants and family members should contact LEAP to complete a basic referral application. LEAP, a private nonprofit agency, has been providing community and residential supports in western and central Maine since 1980.

For more information about the LEAP’s DREAM Respite Program, contact Dorian at 778-3443, ext. 104, or email [email protected] or log on to www.leapcommunity.org.


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