“Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting any new participants but feel free to send in referrals as we will add it to our waitlist for when we are able to fully open.  For the time being we are following public health regulations as we are restricted to the number of individuals allowed in each program.”

Adult Day Services

Adult Day Services are a set of services that work to improve the quality of life of people who are living with disabilities and mental health issues. At New Directions we have 6 different programs that offer a balance between work experience opportunities, recreational activities, and educational programming at 4 different locations in Winnipeg from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All programs use a person-centered approach meaning we take the time to build relationships with people and follow their direction in reaching their goals and interests, making them central to the supports they receive.

Each of our program locations offer up to date amenities; gym/exercise rooms, large classrooms featuring advanced technology (Smartboards and iPads), lounge areas with comfortable seating, multi-sensory rooms (small spaces with minimal lighting), and large kitchen spaces for cooking classes and meal prepping. All locations have wide open spaces and are completely accessible.

 

Referrals are forwarded to Program Coordinators who make arrangements for a meeting/tour of the Program, and then for interested persons, a two-week trial period.

After the trial period, if an individual is interested in attending the Program full-time, the Coordinator will forward a Funding Proposal to the funding agency.  Upon approval of funding, an intake meeting will be scheduled to pass-on all relevant information and an official start date for Program attendance will be scheduled.

Programs

Resource Department

The Adult Day Services Resource Department encompasses direct and consultative services to address the needs and goals of the people we support within the 6 different programs. The following positions are included:

  • 2 Life and Social Skills Instructors
  • 1 Literacy and Communication Instructor
  • 1 Sensory Programming Facilitator

Development and Facilitation of each curriculum is continuously modified and adapted to meet the individuals’ needs, and information is presented through a variety of methods to accommodate different abilities and learning styles such as:

  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Interactive white board activities
  • Visual materials (flashcards, charts, graphs)
  • Hands on activities (worksheets, crafts, games)
  • iPAD activities and personal communication apps

Every resource staff offers both structured group activities and individualized learning opportunities on a weekly basis. Examples of topics and activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Understanding feelings and practicing conflict management skills
  • Healthy relationships, sexuality and gender identity awareness
  • Practicing life skills and appropriate social interactions
  • Word recognition and guided reading
  • Spelling and typing development
  • Novel study and creative writing
  • Tactile activities and sensorimotor exercises
  • Yoga and self-regulation techniques
  • Cultural awareness activities and outings

Referrals/Intake Process

Submit the referral package with a cover letter outlining your needs and request to:

Adult Day Services
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families
717 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8
Phone: (204)786-7051 ext. 2131
Fax: (204)774-6468 Attention: Adult Day Services
Email: asds@newdirections.mb.ca

Milestones focuses on promoting physical and mental health.  Individuals are encouraged to work on their independent living skills and self-determination, while engaging in many different learning opportunities taking place at the day program and out in the community.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location: 574 Erin 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to:

  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Health and Cooking Classes
  • Work Experience & Classes
  • Life-Skills Training
  • Multi-Sensory Environments
  • Computer Programs
  • Community Exposure & Participation
  • Literacy Classes
  • Relationship/Social Skills Training/Anger Management
  • American Sign Language Classes
  • Art Expression/Music Appreciation
  • Current Events
  • Individual Physical Therapy Treatment Plans
  • Driver’s Education
  • Choir
  • Music Recording Studio
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Interactive White Board

Social & Interactive Development (S.A.I.D) builds on social relationships and interactions with people in their daily lives. Similar to the Milestones program, S.A.I.D. program supports individuals living with cognitive disabilities and mental health issues. The focus is on developing social group opportunities and promoting community interaction through outings and activities.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to:

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location: 10-1680 Ellice Avenue

  • Physical Activity
  • Music/Choir
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Nutrition and Cooking Classes
  • Work Experience & Classes
  • Life-Skills Training
  • Computer Programs
  • Community Exposure & Participation
  • Pre-Literacy/Literacy Classes
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship/Social Skills Training
  • American Sign Language Classes
  • Art Expression
  • Current Affairs
  • Multi-Sensory Environments
  • Interactive White Board

Designed for individuals wanting to build upon their basic life and social skills. Individuals are offered a variety of work experience opportunities, leisure activities, as well as recreational outings.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to:

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location: 100-1700 Ellice  

  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Music Therapy
  • Cooking/Nutrition Classes
  • Work Experience and Classes
  • Life skills classes
  • Pre Literacy/Literacy skills classes
  • ASL classes
  • Sensory Processing and Treatments
  • Computer class and Interactive whiteboard
  • Anger management
  • Relationship and social skills classes
  • Multi sensory environments
  • Art expression
  • Individual physical therapy treatment plans

Diversity, Respect, Empowerment, Achievement and More (D.R.E.A.M) is a specialized program for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.  The program offers a variety of vocational and recreational activities and supports involvement in both the hearing and Deaf communities. The program provides an ASL interpreter on location.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to:

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location: 100-1700 Ellice

  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Drama and Music Therapy
  • Cooking/Nutrition Classes
  • Work Experience and Classes
  • Life skills classes
  • Functional English skills development
  • Literacy Program with focus on ASL
  • Sensory Processing and Treatments
  • Computer class and Interactive whiteboard
  • Community Exposure and Participation in Deaf community
  • Technology communications, skype, facetime, etc

Designed for individuals who have demonstrated difficulty coping with traditional day programs, due to feeling overwhelmed by the environment such as noise, light, and activity. We have addressed these sensory needs by modifying the environment, offering numerous smaller rooms, lower lighting, and sound proofed walls.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to:

CONTACT INFORMATION

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location:  400-1615 Regent 

  • Sensory Programming
  • Social Skill Development/Maintenance
  • Physical Activity
  • Recreation/Leisure
  • Cooking Classes
  • Work Experience
  • Life-Skills Classes
  • Multi-Sensory Environments
  • Computer Programs
  • Community Exposure & Participation
  • Pre-Literacy/Literacy Activities
  • Arts Expression (Visual, Musical and Dramatic)

This is a group-based program that provides a safe environment for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Individuals require support in all day to day activities. We promote choice making, and appropriate social interactions.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE:

Components of the program include but are not limited to

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468

Location: 400-1615 Regent

  • Multi-Sensory Environments
  • Social Skill Development/Maintenance
  • Physical Activity
  • Arts Expression (Visual, Musical and Dramatic)
  • Cooking Class
  • Life Skill Development/Maintenance
  • Computers
  • Work Experience
  • Computer Programs
  • Community Exposure & Participation
  • Pre-Literacy/Literacy Activities
  • Arts Expression (Visual, Musical and Dramatic)

The Adult Day Services’ Work Experience Program offers employment opportunities in a variety of locations to suit individuals’ needs.  Our employment coordinator, along with program staff, provide training and guidance to individuals at their own pace, and we are constantly evolving to meet their abilities and interests.

We have established and maintained positive working relationships with renowned corporations such as:

  • City of Winnipeg (Brady Landfill)
  • Health Science Center (newspaper delivery and clothing depot)
  • The Forks Market and Human Rights Museum (grounds maintenance)

We also offer small business ventures such as all-season yard care services and a residential moving business.

Individuals participating in the employment readiness program will take part in structured classes facilitated by our Employment Coordinator involving the following:

  • Personality and Skills Assessment
  • Resume Building
  • Interview Preparation
  • Job-specific Skills/Hands-on training

Individuals involved in both our work experience opportunities and employment readiness program will gain many valuable skills such as:

  • Responsibility and Commitment
  • Effective Communication and Problem-Solving Skills
  • Personal Motivation
  • Confidence and Validation

Adult Day Services:

500 – 717 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0M8.

Ph: 204-786-7051,

Fax: 204-774-6468