SPecially Adapted Resource Clubs (SPARC) is an innovative clubhouse model supporting young adults with life-long physical and/or developmental disabilities. SPARC supports club members as they continue life-skills development with an added component of entrepreneurial projects and enrichment activities such as music and art therapies.
Life-skill development is accomplished through the guided activities presented by staff. Vocational skill development is accomplished through dynamic entrepreneurial projects. SPARC participants learn what it is like to operate a small business in direct support of their club. We currently produce note cards and calendars showcasing our own artwork and photography.
SPARC has created a model of accessible stations to support independent learning through engaging activities that appeal to a wide range of interests. Each station supports a participant’s individual goals of communication, literacy, life skills development, sensory integration, vocational skills development and active-learning leisure interests. Members are encouraged to select activities that enhance independent learning and to explore subjects of interest just as peers without disabilities enjoy.
Popular accessibility adapted and/or staff supported activities include:
Staff and volunteers also facilitate nutritional and personal care for each participant according to their needs and preferences. Peers will have the opportunity to help one another in an adapted and accessible environment. Families living with adults with life-long disabilities benefit from an accessible, flexible, daily option for respite. Club participants may choose the length of time they attend the club during any of our operating hours around their own schedules. This encourages participants to engage in part-time work or volunteer opportunities knowing they are welcome to participate in the club when they are available. In fact, our innovative programs allow them to develop the skills to expand their world outside the confines of our clubhouse and actively become members of the greater community.
Any adult over the age of 22 with a life-long disability is eligible to participate in SPARC.
SPARC has established a $200 monthly activity fee for new members. Scholarships are available. Please contact us for details. Club participants will also have the opportunity to contribute financially and fundraise in support of their club voluntarily.
SPARC relies on partnerships with local county government, faith-based organizations, public contributions, private-sector sponsors, foundation grants and fundraising special events for financial sustainability.