An activity center for adults with special needs who have completed high school is now open in New Braunfels.
The Camp Cummins Activity Center opened this week, providing daily activities for adults with special needs and offering assistance with potential employment in the community.
Susie Cummins, the center’s financial director, said she and her husband, Tom, saw the need for such a place about “some three years ago” because offers for people with special needs once they have graduated from high school are limited.
“What we’re doing here for our clients is if they can and want to, we’ll work with the Texas Workforce Commission to help them find jobs in the community,” Cummins said. “We have a place here in the building where TWC can come and practice if they want. If it’s anything like washing up, we have a commercial kitchen, and we’ll teach them that stuff.
Plans also call for customers to learn how to bake cookies and cupcakes as well as crafts to sell in the store’s retail area.
“They will learn about retail,” she said. “The crafts they will be making are wind chimes – a single strand wind chime in most cases with a bell on the end which is made of beads. They are very attractive. We will also be making crafts of the yard. You take pieces of glass, decorative items that have been in your house that you are fed up with and want to throw away. We glue them together to make a bird bath or a bird feeder, and you you can place them in your garden.
Cummins said customers would earn a percentage of the items they make and sell.
The center also includes separate rooms for music and exercise.
“He has a piano, a guitar and, if I can find it, a xylophone,” she said. “They can play and relax if they want. We purchased exercise equipment like what you would find at a gym. Many of these clients, due to COVID, have gained a lot of weight and they need to exercise. We will make them exercise 10 or 15 minutes a day.
Tamera Strange, who is not an employee of the center but a carer for two of her clients, said the two men she cared for missed getting out and enjoying different activities.
“When COVID hit, they couldn’t go out as much — they were home a lot,” Strange said. “Now I think it will build confidence, and I believe they will be more active and happy to be in the community. For me, it frees up time for shopping or whatever I need to do in the community. home while they are away.
The center is now accepting applications from new clients. Parents and caregivers can pick up an application at 241 South Business IH 35.
The center also needs volunteers, Cummins said.
“It will be up to the volunteers to determine what time they want to come and help out,” she said. “We can always use volunteers in the kitchen or with crafts – whatever they want to do. We would love for volunteers to come and help us. »
For more information, contact the center’s director, Marta Yanez, at 830-387-4567.