Day Program: The Main Street Connection

//Day Program: The Main Street Connection
Day Program: The Main Street Connection 2018-06-29T19:21:54+00:00


The Main Street Connection Day Habilitation Program without Walls

Participants of this innovative program are afforded the opportunity to use their current skill and build upon their skill set to integrate into the community.  The day program without walls is a program offering choice of day activity with more flexibility than a traditional certified site-based program.  Social, academic and life skills training are the centerpiece at Main Street Connection Day Program.

The new program, Main Street Connection already has several participants. They meet at the new day program space located at 901 East Main Street, Suite 500 in Riverhead, then head out to various sessions, workshops, outreach projects and community outings. The program schedule is three days per week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am until 2:30 pm. The group works on individual goals and a daily routine, even though the activities for the day vary all of the time. The residents involved in Main Street Connections decide what their day or week will be like at the start.

According to JoAnn Vitale and Kaitlin Fibkins, day program coordinators, there are required goals for program participants. We integrate those into community activities. For example, they work on safety goals while out in Riverhead or the educational component during Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Lunch and Learn Series. Some special activities include volunteering with Riverhead Town Parks & Recreation at Stotzky Park to help clean up for Earth Day, and also helping at Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

A typical day may be comprised of all tasks involved in cooking a healthy lunch. The day will start by creating a menu with health-conscious options, writing up a grocery list, then heading out to go shopping. The group returns to the day program space to prepare and cook lunch. That may be followed by an afternoon walk for exercise. Another weekly activity the group has been a part of is working out at the YMCA in Patchogue during one of the classes such as Zumba or Silver Sneakers aerobics, or swimming in the pool at the Y. Other examples of day program activities include: bowling, going to the library, academics sessions, baking and more.

“It has been a very rewarding and fun program since its recent start. Those participating truly enjoy it,” JoAnn and Kaitlin claim, “We are hoping to increase our enrollment and reach out to let other organizations know we have availability.” We are currently accepting applications for our new day program, The Main Street Connection.

RISE is currently accepting applications for our new day program, The Main Street Connection. To learn more, please contact JoAnn Vitale at (631) 727-6220 ext. 224 or email; or contact Kaitlin Fibkins at (631) 727-6220 ext. 209 or email

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