Since the onset of the pandemic we have put in place careful and strict safety guidelines for our DSPs to follow with their clients (and help their clients understand!). If gathering in groups, we do so outdoors and socially distanced. We make sure all DSPs are stocked on hand sanitizer and supplies to keep their cars and hands clean. We wear masks around our clients, particularly indoors and in the car. And we adhere to each clients' caution levels as far as where they feel comfortable going, whether they're ready to see other people, and what they need to feel safe.
Besides offering standard support and community inclusion from our wonderful DSPs, some of our staff has now undergone state training to do supported employment. This can include job development and searching, job coaching/training, and mentorship. Please see our services page or reach out to learn more.
"Blooms provides Kristina a network of people who help Kristina do things and explore things that we, her parents, could not do or she wouldn't want to do with her parents. She goes to art museums and community gardens, coffee houses to socialize and plays games. With groups of providers and customers (friends), Kristina has gone to the beach or to eastern Oregon for rafting trips, or to the gorge for a night at Skamania Lodge or a day trip to Multnomah Falls.
Parenting a child with developmental disabilities is parenting that person for all your life. It is a constant worry as you begin to realize that your "child" will outlive you without achieving total independence. Having the supports that Blooms provides, especially the companionship and the outings is a great comfort for us as we get old. I shudder to think of the life she would have if she did not have Blooms."