REACH Centre

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I had the opportunity to visit the REACH Centre Grey Bruce in Owen Sound, Ontario. I was welcomed by a staff member who gave me a tour of their new home that they moved into on March 15, 2021. REACH Centre Grey Bruce is a centre for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities that provides a stimulating and fun program that is both educational and recreational.

REACH Centre has a social enterprise program. The individuals involved gave me a presentation about this program. Their main purpose is providing a skill acquisition for independence, meaningful contribution community and friendships for youth and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities. REACH Centre connects to the UN Sustainable goals by providing reduced inequalities, quality education and good health and well-being through their shredding program and cleaning crew to local businesses. They also showed me their Caring Crafts program, where the individuals sell the crafts they make, such as cards, ceramic coasters and wooden bookmarks. The proceeds from their social enterprise go directly to the youth and adults that participate in the program.

The work that REACH Centre provides reduces inequality on a local level by offering opportunities for social engagement, providing a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the community and a great source of accomplishments to the participants. As a student in the Social Service Worker program, it provided an insight for me of a program that helps individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities not only for them to benefit from but also the local community. Going forward in my career, I would love to work with more organizations to support Social Enterprises for the people, the environment and the community to benefit from. While spending the afternoon with the participants, I was able to experience the community that they have built while learning how to support each other in their day-to-day activities. This experience that I had will stay with me throughout my career. If I lived in Owen Sound, I would volunteer with this organization every day. Check out the wonderful work that REACH Centre Grey Bruce is providing at reachcentre.org.

The participants received new REACH Centre t-shirts for the wonderful work they put into their presentation and to celebrate their new home.