Residents Prepare for Farmer’s Market
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) often face challenges when it comes to finding meaningful work and opportunities for community engagement. However, a new initiative that involves making homemade items to sell at a local farmer’s market is helping to change that.
The program, developed by Haylie Moran and the St. Louis Center Day Program staff, provides individuals with I/DD the opportunity to learn new skills, earn an income, and connect with their community. Participants work together to make and package homemade campfire starters using shredded paper. They will also be baking homemade dog treats.
This initiative provide goods and services to those in the community and helps people with I/DD become an integral part of it. By showcasing the talents and abilities of individuals with I/DD, the program promotes a more inclusive and diverse community.
Furthermore, the program provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment to participants, helping to boost their self-esteem and confidence. By being part of a meaningful project, they can feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in their work.
The market initiative is a win-win for everyone involved. It provides a valuable service to the community, helps to break down stereotypes, and provides individuals with I/DD the opportunity to learn new skills and connect with their community in a meaningful way.
This article appears in the Spring 2023 issue of St. Louis Spirit newsletter.