Independent Living Retreat

NOTICE: Covid-19 Update

Sunshine Social Club’s first priority above anything else is making sure our members are happy and healthy.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have reluctantly decided to cancel all in-person events for the remainder of 2020. We truly are disappointed that the regular opportunities will not be continued for this season. This said, we definitely want to continue to meet the needs of our bright community here at Sunshine Social Club. Please make sure to check our Events page for updates on our plan to return to our regular schedule.

When it comes to fun group events, Sunshine Social is the “it” place in central Indiana for adults with disabilities. We have a robust schedule of classes, outings, and activities.

And our crowning event each year – the Super Bowl of Sunshine Social – is our annual Independant Living Retreat.

An Opportunity FOR a Lifetime

Each July, Sunshine Social counselors accompany 24 young adults with disabilities to Butler University, where they stay from Friday to Sunday. They live in the dorm and spend the weekend getting a taste of independant living away from home.

An Opportunity FOR a Lifetime

Each July, Sunshine Social counselors accompany 24 young adults with disabilities to Butler University, where they stay from Friday to Sunday. They live in the dorm and spend the weekend getting a taste of independant living away from home.

A Taste of Independence

During this retreat, participants learn how to share a space with others, and follow rules for a daily routine: rising at a certain time, taking medications, brushing teeth, getting dressed, attending activities, and having meals.

It’s a chance to try living in an apartment-style setting and have a roomate for a weekend.

Developing Skills

Our annual retreat is a good opportunity for these adults to be away from home and get a feel for what they may or may not be ready to tackle. It’s also a great time for workshops that teach life skills, such as:
  • Personal Safety – Knowing and understanding what is socially safe; looking for the right person if you get lost or need help; self-defense
  • Financial Responsibility – Learning how to balance a checkbook; understanding how to prioritize paying bills
  • Responsible Shopping – Knowing where to shop for items you need; being mindful of your purse/wallet

Activities Big and Small

During the course of the weekend retreat, the adults look forward to exercising with yoga, walking, or dance practice.

There’s always a big event, like attending an Indians game, and a Saturday evening meal event with friends – and everyone looks forward to the performance which rounds out the weekend fun.

Evaluations

The entire weekend is coordinated and led by a Sunshine Board Member, along with background-checked staff. While we provide verbal prompts and reminders, the participants are allowed to manage themselves as independently as possible.

At the end of the retreat, we evaluate the participants and provide constructive feedback. We note the changes we saw, situations in which people did well, and others where they still might need more assistance.

By going over the activities and learning of the weekend, we’re able to help the participants get the most benefit from their weekend.

When:

July 23 at noon to July 25.

*Time and date are not finalized

Where:

Location TBD

Everyone should have a chance to experience life to the fullest. Giving these adults an opportunity like the Independent Living Retreat opens the door for growth on multiple levels, from social interaction to personal health and wellness. Whether you know someone who would like to be involved, or if you would like to play a part in investing in the lives of these people, let us know. We would love to have you on our team!

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