The Baddour Center is hosting its second YOUR Summer Program in 2016. You’re probably wondering what YOUR stands for: Your Opportunity for a Unique Respite. At The Baddour Center, we believe every person whom we serve should live a safe and fulfilling life, and that life includes the participants (ages 16-35) who join us for a week of respite in the sweet summertime!
Week 1…June 5-10, 2016 (female participants)
Week 2…June 19-24, 2016 (male participants)
Week 3… July 10-15, 2016 (male participants)
Week 4... July 24-29, 2016 (female participants)
I try to keep my ear tuned for fun things to do, especially if it’s a themed gathering. During my high school days and later when I became a teacher, Homecoming Week was my favorite time of the year because my creative flag could fly. Now, I act silly and dress for Homecoming Week or talent shows at The Baddour Center, where I’m in congenial competition with some pretty impressive co-workers. I’ve also been in a ladies’ bunco group that held monthly themed bunco nights at members’ houses. I honestly cannot pinpoint why I like themed parties and dressing up to match the theme, so I concede it’s just one of my many quirks.
In my opinion, a theme kicks up the fun meter of any party a notch, so it’s only natural that the week of YOUR Summer Program will have themed activities. For instance, our lunches represent countries around the world, such as China, Mexico, and Italy. Likewise, our evening gatherings will also be themed. Who doesn’t love a King of Rock and Roll dance party with an Elvis impersonator?!
Most importantly, the entire week’s theme will be FUN. YOUR Summer Program is actually beneficial in more than one way from my point of view. First, participants take a break from their daily routines. They enjoy time spent creating music, dabbling in art, playing in the outdoor pool, and socializing with new friends. They also have an opportunity to showcase their abilities at the talent show.
Similarly, participants’ families or guardians also experience a respite from their daily caregiving duties. Personal time and rest is important for all of us, and knowing that your loved one is in a safe environment will hopefully allow caregivers to relax and enjoy their time away. Finally, The Baddour Center’s employees – and current residents – feel energized by meeting and interacting with the 10 participants each week.
Trust me, I’m not making a sales pitch here. The many on-campus activities are a change of pace from employees’ typical job duties. Plus, seeing 10 smiling faces and getting to know each of their personalities is like spotting a double rainbow on a day you didn’t think could get any better. Thankfully, summer is just around the corner. I look forward to meeting the participants, dressing up, acting silly, and having a (or in my case, four) week of fun! Send in your application so you don’t miss out. Hope to see you this summer!