ERC offers two day programs for adults – Life Skills and Richardson Industries. There are many options for adults with disabilities at ERC. Whether they choose to work or take part in the leisure activities, ERC staff will tailor the program to the specific needs of each individual.
Life Skills is designed to teach participants how to live independent lives. Skills such as money management, personal hygiene, math and reading skills are taught individually and in small groups.
A computer lab is available and leisure activities including drama classes, arts and crafts and a shop class are offered regularly.
An exercise room equipped with weights, a treadmill, exercise bicycle, Nintendo Wii and an Xbox Kinect assists in keeping Life Skills participants fit and active.
Delivering Meals on Wheels in Springdale and being part of the Kiwanis Aktion Club are just two of the many options for community involvement. ERC also participates in a Special Olympics program which includes volleyball, basketball, track and field, bocce, power lifting, bowling, swimming and unified softball teams.
GREENHOUSE AND GARDEN:
The ERC Greenhouse and Gardens project is an ongoing venture that is aimed at providing recreational opportunities, teaching moments, and a local, organic, and healthful food source for adults with disabilities.
With the help of wonderful volunteers from the UA Master Gardeners program, participants are involved in all phases of gardening - from propagation to consumption - as a means of bringing about improvement in their lives. They learn about soil preparation, nutrients necessary for growth, the planting process, nurturing healthy plants, identification of weeds, control of pests and other barriers to growth and the harvesting process. Gardening can be linked to improvements in a person’s physical, mental and social well-being.
In our first year of production, the food generated from this gardening project was utilized by the individuals we serve in our three Intermediate Care Facilities. Tangible results have been seen in lowered food bills and the clients' overall health. We know that this project is progressing successfully by the willingness and participation of the clients themselves. We see it in their attitudes, their willingness to help out in the gardens, and their excitement of eating meals based on things they have grown themselves.
It is our hope that this project will develop into a full scale program that offers different educational components. We expect that we will be able to grow excess food which we would then encourage our clients to sell through a farmer's market. Ideally, our clients will be able to develop a seasonal business which will provide employment for people with developmental disabilities.
Richardson Industries specializes in contract services to businesses of all sizes. If you have work to be done that may not be cost-effective or is beyond your current staffing levels, consider letting us handle the job.
From simple procedures to those requiring special skills, we meet the needs of the industry, whatever the task - and at a reasonable cost.
No job is too large or too small for consideration. We employ individuals with disabilities who, under skilled guidance, are capable of performing even the most intricate tasks. So, when you choose Richardson Industries, you’re not only choosing the best people for the job but you’re also offering adults with disabilities the chance to maintain long-term, fulfilling employment.