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Home Away from Home Program

Home Away from Home Program

Transitioning into adulthood is daunting. Changes within expectations, lifestyle, and interpersonal connections are difficult for people to conceptualize, navigate, and accomplish. Having a physical disability adds an extra mountain of obstacles that young adults must also overcome.

 


The Home Away from Home (HAFH) program was born out of my own experiences, growing up as a full-time wheelchair user with endless aspirations. The goal of the HAFH program is to give young adults the community, support, and life-skills that they need as they transition into adulthood.

-Kiara Esteves, Camp Coordinator at Southampton Fresh Air Home

 

Elements encompassing the Home Away from Home Programs:

  • Public Transportation Mentoring

  • HAFH Overnight Weekends - Life Skill Labs sessions for young adults

  • ‘After Campfire’ Podcast

  • Campers Give Back

Public Transportation

Navigating the neighborhood while using a wheelchair can be difficult. This mentorship program teaches SFAH alumni to navigate their community utilizing public transportation and para-transit services.

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H.A.F.H. Overnight Sessions

The Home Away from Home overnight weekends give participants the opportunity to learn personal care independence and setting  clear, focused, and practical goals. During these overnight weekends, SFAH alumni practice these goals in a familiar setting. 

Summer Leadership Program

During the summer camp sessions, recent SFAH alumni become a mentor for new and current campers. Alumni gain hands-on experience with running special programs in their area of interest while also helping other areas around camp to run smoothly and efficiently. 

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Campers Give Back

Allows SFAH alumni the opportunity to assist with the various fundraising events hosted throughout the year. This allows for the alumni to gain work experience and socialization opportunities with large crowds of people.

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'After Campfire' Podcast

This podcast contains insights and perspectives from campers, staff, and parents of participants of the summer program. This allows the audience the opportunity to listen to the voices of people with disabilities who are also navigating the world and community around them. 

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