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Day Services

Day Services PhotoFrom volunteering and learning new skills to exploring one’s community, Day Services offers individuals with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a full day!

Getting More from Each Day

At Benchmark Human Services, we believe that every person should be encouraged to be productive, inspired to learn, and be involved in his or her community. We bring this principle to life in our Day Services program through social and educational opportunities and regular community participation—which includes volunteering and “giving back.”

Day Services participants explore their communities by visiting and volunteering at venues such as parks, zoos, and museums. Though most services are community-based, many programs have a “home base” where individuals learn life skills that may include cooking and money management. Individuals can also participate in sports, arts, and personal hobbies including music and recreational therapies.

In addition to giving each person a more meaningful, well-rounded day, participants often:

  • Improve physical abilities, including fine motor skills
  • Develop social skills
  • Build healthy relationships with peers and community members
  • Increase independence
  • Enhance self-esteem

Day Services is designed for individuals of all abilities, including those with extensive medical and behavioral needs.  No matter the activity, participants meet new people, make friendships, and enjoy their community.

During fiscal year 2013, at least 85% of the individuals Benchmark serves through Days Services had a minimum of one volunteer opportunity each quarter. The broad range of volunteering activities includes helping at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the Senior Center, Pueblo of Pojaque School, and San Juan Pueblo (Santa Fe, NM); Humane Society, dog shelter, pet stores, and helping renovate and clean parks (Cincinnati, OH); Harvest Food Bank, Franciscan Center, Nature Abounds, and Bingo at a local nursing facility (Fort Wayne, IN).