"I love that I get to do activities of my choice" ~Day Program Participant
Be Our Friend
FRIENDS Day Program is guided by a person-centered philosophy and is designed to promote community inclusion and independence. We believe that when adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are given the opportunity and support to participate and contribute to the community, all of our lives are enriched. Since success will look different to each individual we serve, FRIENDS staff takes the time to learn about a person’s needs, interests, and goals. This approach allows our team to provide services that will align with what the person wants for their life.
Since every person is unique,FRIENDS believes in using an individualized approach to providing services and programs that lead to success. Our guiding principles include:
All people will be treated with dignity and respect
The health, well being and safety of the people we serve is non-negotiable
We believe in the value of community presence and participation
We believe in every individual's desire to contribute
People need opportunities for self expression and to develop their unique interests and talents
We support an individual’s right to make choices that affect their services
We are committed to continuous quality improvement
We provide lifelong learning opportunities
We believe in learning and having fun!
Classes and Activities
FRIENDS Day Program schedule includes a variety of classes and community activities that focus on independence, community access, and continuous learning. The classes go beyond the basics and offer individuals life enrichment opportunities. Every person receives supports tailored around their areas of strengths and helps to empower adults to become independent members of the community.
In order to maximize opportunities for success, we solicit Ideas and feedback from people who attend the day program about the classes and activities they want to be part of. Day program staff develop lesson plans that take into account different learning needs and outcomes.
Individuals choose the classes they want to attend and develop their schedule at the beginning of each semester. Class sizes are small so that individualized attention can be given, people remain engaged and learning is optimized.
Snap Shot of Day Program
Each day at FRIENDS Day Program is different, just like everyday life. Enrolled participants arrive daily anticipating scheduled recreational, educational and cultural activities such as cooking, computers, weight training, art, music and dance classes, gymnastics and volunteering to name a few.
Participants may attend two to five days a week from 10 am to 3 pm. There are morning and afternoon classes, and transportation is providedas needed. Program services are paid through Medicaid waivers or with private funds.
FRIENDS Unlimited day Program
FRIENDS Unlimited Day Program is a dynamic program for adults with developmental disabilities18 and older.
Enrolled participants arrive at the FRIENDS facility anticipating an active day consisting of scheduled recreational, educational or cultural activities; water aerobics, gymnastics, weight training, arts and dance classes and guided open space tours to name a few. Some of the activities are modified to accommodate the population’s needs and we are out in the fresh air as often as possible.
About the Program
Participants arrive at FRIENDS either by Access-A-Ride, private transportation or in some circumstances FRIENDS will provide the transportation to and from program within a 10 mile radius.
The program ratio of support staff to participant is 1:4.
Program costs are either through Comprehensive Service, Supported Living Services or private pay.
Participation to the FRIENDS is not limited to Broomfield County
Day Program is conducted Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Please contact FRIENDS at 303-404-0123 or Email FRIENDS if you have questions, or need additional information about the Day Program.
Guidelines for the FRIENDS Unlimited Day Program
Attendance If a participant is not able to attend the program, 24 hours advance notice is requested. In unforeseen circumstances, please call us by 8 a.m.
Transportation Any modifications to transportation (such as change of location or leaving program early) must be made by 8 a.m. to assure adjustments can be made.
If the participant will be arriving late it is necessary to call the program to determine if it is possible to join the activity and arrange to meet the group.
Lunch Time We are on the go and will be out in the community. Please note that on many days we may not be returning to the facility for lunch. We ask that you send something that is ready-to-eat, not something that needs cooking or heating up. Participants must have this to be portable (include all necessary utensils, drinks, napkins, etc.)
Dress We are on the go and will be out in the community. Please be sure that the participant is dressed appropriately for the weather. Coats, hats and gloves for the cold wintery days are a must! Also appropriate clothes for the day’s activity, such as swimming and gymnastics.
Snow Days/Inclement Weather FRIENDS will close during severe inclement weather, especially when roads are dangerous. We will make every attempt to contact the participants as soon as we know the conditions. Check your local TV channels 7, 9, or 13. Notice of closure will also be posted on FRIENDS Facebook page.
We are going to try something new this winter related to transportation. We know that it is inconvenient when we do not provide transportation so we have come up with a solution! During the winter when the roads are rough and it is difficult for our vehicles to get through the neighborhoods, we will be picking up at our new Transportation HUBS. Families and Caregivers will be notified of a HUB Transportation Day as early as 7 AM.
HUB LOCATIONS AND TIMES
HUB #1: Vehicle: StarCraft-720-409-8967 Pick Up time: 9:00AM-9:20AM Drop Off Time: 3:40PM-4:00PM Location: 3602 W 144th Ave. Broomfield, CO 80020 This HUB is in Safeway parking lot; the bus will be located toward the back of the parking lot near the corner of 144th Ave. and Lowell.
HUB #2: Vehicle: StarCraft-720-409-8967 Pick Up Time: 9:30AM-9:50AM Drop Off Time: 3:10PM-3:30PM Location: 13201 Lowell Blvd. Broomfield, CO This HUB is at the Paul Derda Rec Center; the bus will be located in the parking lot by the front of the building in one of the handicap spaces.
Hub #3: Vehicle: Diamond Bus-720-391-8942 Pick Up Time: 9:00AM-9:20AM Drop Off Time: 3:10PM-3:30PM Location: 1150 US-287, Broomfield, CO 80020 This HUB is at the King Soopers on 287 and Miramonte; the bus will be located in the Handicap spaces up front next to the front door.
Hub #4: Vehicle: Diamond Bus-720-391-8942 Pick Up Time: 9:30AM-9:50AM Drop Off Time: 3:40PM-4:00PM Location: 9983 Wadsworth Parkway Standley Shores Shopping Center Westminster, CO 80021 This Hub is at the King Soopers in the Standley Shores shopping center on the South West Corner of Wadsworth Parkway and 100th/Church Ranch BLVD; the bus will be located in the back of the parking lot.