Christmas shoppers in search of unique local handmade goods may want to visit the Sunrise Adult Training Centre in West Bay.
Homemade glycerine soaps, hand-painted coasters, Christmas wreaths and much more are on sale. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the centre and its training facilities, which benefit adults with disabilities.
From the beginning of the year, clients of Sunrise Adult Centre have been enjoying the therapeutic benefits and entertainment of making these Christmas items, the center’s representatives said in a press release.
At the center, employees share a special friendship with the adult trainees, who look forward to the many activities that are coordinated throughout the year. Julie Kandler and Twyla Rogers, assist residents during the classes by offering support and praise of their art. “We have fun trying to look something for the clients to do and enjoy the challenge. It also helps the clients develop social skills,” Ms. Kandler said.
Apart from working on Christmas decorations, clients also enjoy activities such as dancing and singing contests, movie days and trips to the Prospect playhouse.
Sunrise is currently home to about 37 clients who range in age from 19 to 50-plus. Some clients go out to work but return to attend the day programs.
“Because we are doing something and see it offer them a skill they can take home or in the workforce, it is very relaxing …the clients enjoy themselves very much creating the items. Something as simple as making a wreath offers laughter and helps with hand coordination to tie things,” Ms. Kandler said.
The public is invited to visit the centre from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. to view handmade items and meet with clients.
For more information about available products, call the center at 949-3330.