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Activity center open to adults with special needs | Community alert

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, offering daily activities for adults with special needs and offering help with potential employment in the community.

Susie Cummins, the centre’s financial director, said she and her husband, Tom, saw the need for such a place “about three years ago,” as offers for people with special needs after graduation. secondary completed are limited.

JD Cummins sings and plays the piano in the Music Room at Camp Cummins on Thursday, July 1, 2021. MIKALA COMPTON | Herald-Zeitung

“What we’re doing here for our clients is that if they can and want to, we’ll work with the Texas Workforce Commission to help them find employment in the community,” Cummins said. “We have a place here in the building where TWC can come and train if they want to. If it’s like washing the dishes, we’ve got a commercial kitchen and we’re going to teach them that sort of thing.

The plans also call for customers to learn how to bake cookies and cupcakes as well as crafts for sale in the store’s retail area.

“They will learn retail,” she says. “The crafts they will make are wind chimes – a single-stranded wind chime in most cases with a bell at the end made of beads. They are very attractive. We will also be doing yard art. 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 birdbath or bird feeder, and you can arrange them in your garden.

Cummins said customers will earn a percentage of the items they manufacture and sell.

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Client Jeff Morris plays drums in the Music Room as Principal Marta Yanez watches at Camp Cummins on Thursday, July 1, 2021. MIKALA COMPTON | Herald-Zeitung

The center also has separate rooms for making music and exercising.

“He’s got a piano, a guitar, and if I can find it, a xylophone,” she said. “They can play and relax if they want to. We bought exercise equipment like the one you find in a gym. Many of these clients, due to COVID, have gained a lot of weight and need to exercise. We will make them exercise for 10 or 15 minutes a day.

Tamera Strange, who is not an employee at the center but a caregiver for two of her clients, said the two men she was caring for missed getting out and enjoying different activities.

“When COVID hit, they couldn’t get out that much – they were often at home,” Strange said. “Now I think it will build confidence, and I think they will be more active and happy to be in the community. For me, it frees up time for shopping or whatever else I need to do around the community. house while they’re away.

The center is now accepting requests from new clients. Parents and guardians can withdraw a request 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,” she said. “We can always use volunteers in the kitchen or with crafts – whatever they want to do. We would like volunteers to come and help us.

For more information, contact the director of the center, Marta Yanez, at 830-387-4567.

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