Day Services exists to empower adults with developmental disabilities.
First Christian Day Services is a program for adults with developmental disabilities. It’s our mission to enrich and empower the lives of our individuals through person centered planning, community integration and employment.
Programming is available Monday through Friday for adults with developmental disabilities who have graduated high school and are eligible for county board services. It is not a requirement that potential program participants be enrolled on a Medicaid “IO” (Individual Options), Level 1, or SELF Waiver. Private pay options are also available. For questions about program eligibility, enrollment, or to schedule a tour of our campus, contact us below!
Day Services Hours
Church Office Hours
Adult Day Support
We offer programming Monday through Friday. Each day is structured like a school schedule. We start at 9am and dismiss at 2pm. Each session lasts approximately 45-50 minutes with a short break in between, so individuals can transition to the next activity. Every day at FCDS offers components of our five programming areas—faith, fitness, arts, outings, and employment–so no one is ever sitting around waiting for something to do!
All individuals are paired with highly skilled, trained, and caring personnel as they attend enriching classes, activities, and experiences throughout the day. It’s our priority that each person in the program is valued and that his or her unique needs are met with exceptional care.
Focuses of Day Support
Our program focuses on six key areas of growth and development: Personal care, skill reinforcement, self-determination, recreation and leisure, and path to community employment, which introduces individuals to opportunities in hospitality, food service, retail, housekeeping, and clerical work.
Day Support Rooms
The Day Support program rooms are laid out according to the differing needs of individuals:
- Tools to Transition: Specialized training for individuals with mild to moderate disabilities, to bridge the gap between graduating high school and gaining employment. This environment teaches the Skills to Pay The Bills curriculum and focuses on the soft skills that are helpful in landing their desired job.
- Community Pathways: Equipped for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities who are looking to expand their knowledge of jobs in their community.
- Main Day Program: Designed for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities.
- Retirement: Intended for individuals who no longer desire to work and consider themselves retired.
- Wheelchair/Medically Fragile: Specialized for individuals with moderate to intense intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and medical diagnoses.
FCDS employs adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities in three main work groups: Clerical, Housekeeping and Maintenance, and Food Service. Individuals in our vocational habilitation program gain real-world experience and skills. While similar programs offer experience with sub-minimum wage, our individuals start the program at minimum wage.
Our program focuses on responsibility, attendance, task completion, problem solving, social interaction, motor skill development, and safety. Work groups also participate in FCDS outings and special events each month.
All of our teams are directed by skilled, caring leaders who coach individuals in social skills, communication, and practical work skills. The FCDS work group program provides opportunities that enrich and empower the lives of our individuals and they are viewed as a valued part of the First Christian Church staff.
About Work Groups
Our work groups are designed to be a path to community employment in the following areas:
- Clerical: Handles mailings, printing, copies, mail distribution, typing, document shredding, and light computer work for First Christian Church as well as outside work from the community.
- Housekeeping & Maintenance: This team takes pride in maintaining offices and restrooms, event set-up, janitorial work, and sanitization throughout the church campus. They also handle Edgewood Field upkeep, mulching, mowing, minor repairs, interior painting, and various projects.
- Food Services: Assist with menu planning, grocery lists, shopping for the First Christian Church Cafe (open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for lunch).
We provide non-medical transportation to and from our program. Our current fleet employs eight vehicles, including three accessible buses with wheelchair lifts. All our vehicles are inspected daily. Every individual is picked up directly at his or her door—which means no waiting outside at a designated stop. We prioritize safety and accessibility.
First Christian Day Services complies with all civil rights laws, including Title VI and ADA. For comments, complaints (including Title VI and ADA complaints), and suggestions, please contact the FCDS Program Director at 330-456-2600.
Job and Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in a fun, fulfilling job working with adults with disabilities, you might make a great fit! We are often looking for capable, caring staff to join our team.
Or maybe you’d love to volunteer on a part-time basis with activities, outings, and faith initiatives. First Christian Day Services relies on the help of our amazing volunteers. We know you’ll love how rewarding it is to work alongside our staff and individuals. FCDS volunteers truly make an impact! Want to make a difference with us? Use the form below to get started.
Contact First Christian Day Services
FCDS Program Assistant
FCDS Transportation Coordinator
FCDS Staff Assistant
FCDS Transportation Assistant
First Christian Day Services Director
FCDS Work Group Coordinator