Residents of Dre’s Haven
GATHER *WORK*FLOURISH*& CONNECT TO THE COMMUNITY in a safe, inclusive, and supportive community of individuals of diverse abilities.
Supported living is an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to choose where, how and with whom they live. Persons in supported living receive personalized supports necessary to maintain their own private home. It is from our homes we greet the world, go to work, to shop and interact with others. It is in our home we show hospitality to our family, friends and neighbor.
·CHOICE * BELONGING * INCLUSION * HOME
At Dre’s Haven, these are not just abstract concepts. Through our services, our community participation, and our advocacy, we make these ideas a reality, each and every day.
Dre’s Haven, Inc.’s mission is to provide a permanent supportive housing model to “aged out” adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities that promotes education, advocacy, and providing supportive services in a residential environment.
The goal of this program is to integrate community-based residential support, comprehensive life skills development, and opportunities promoting community inclusion for adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
OUR INDEPENDENT-LIVING SKILLS ACADEMY: provides a diverse and comprehensive curriculum and schedule of meaningful, “age appropriate” activities utilizing our creatively-themed course topics :
“THERE’S AN AMAZING YOUNG LADY/MAN IN HERE!”
“EXERCISE IS ESSENTIAL”
“JUST GOT PAID”
“FUN WITH MY FRIENDS”
“TAKING CARE OF ME”
“I’M STILL LEARNING”
We aim to create a supportive environment where individuals with developmental disabilities can live as independently as possible. Dre’s Haven creates an environment where individuals with developmental disabilities can live as independently as possible, with their own customized living supports, funded by the Medicaid Mi Via Waiver program. Individuals who are not on the Waiver but have the capacity to pay with private funds are welcome/eligible to live on Dre’s Haven’s property in Ocoee – a small suburban rural community located approximately 10 miles west of Orlando.
Guardian/Advocates, and Family members are encouraged to work with their loved ones to set up supports/service model Dre’s Haven that help them function as independently and safely as possible. For residents who need constant care, family members and/or support staff have the opportunity to closely assist their loved ones opportunity.
Dre’s Haven offers families the security of knowing their loved one will be provided a well-rounded life experience, and Residents are provided with opportunities for success in the “real world”! The Dre’s Haven Life Enrichment Programs focus on personal choice while recognizing the strengths, skills, interests, abilities, and often complex needs of the individuals we serve. Our vision is for our residents to thrive. We encourage and fully support residents in living happier, healthier lifestyles by becoming personally involved and engaged in taking ownership of their own goals and well-being.
At Dre’s Haven, both individual and cultural differences are enthusiastically acknowledged in a positive manner. This positive identification creates the basis for the development of positive self-esteem, effective communication, and instructional strategies. Social skills such as respect and cross cultural understanding are modeled, taught, prompted, and reinforced.
Dre’s Haven promotes the development of meaningful life skills, access and integration of our residents as they interact in the community by attending sporting and other community events, “dine-arounds, shopping trips, banking and bill pay, explore potential careers, recreational and leisure activities.
We partner with other local businesses and organizations to provide additional opportunities for ongoing adult learning and recreation, to explore cultural interests, and receive training to advocate for themselves.
Our services are flexible and can be tailored to support each individual’s personal outcomes.
Dre’s Haven, Inc.’s Community Connections Program provides supports designed to help each individual the access to explore their unique place in the community. Our staff provides guidance and support that allows each participant to work towards maximizing their potential to become productive, contributing members of the community.
Community Connections reduces isolation while building social confidence and physical stamina. We provide opportunities for participants to learn and strengthen life and communication skills, build confidence through decision making, and explore their own likes and dislikes. Experiences range from community-based instruction to cooking classes to grocery shopping t0 social enterprises. The program operates seven days a week and with groups of 5 -10 people.
When we are not in the community, we provide activities in our facility designed to enhance each individual’s quality of life in a safe, caring, and stimulating environment. These activities include; Community Service Activities, weekly “mixers”, holiday parties, monthly birthday parties, Dinner & A Movie, Pizza and Game Night. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of natural supports, visits with family members and friends, and attending worship services.
Comfort, stability, social and community involvement, a home to call their own… and the list goes on. These are the aspirations of all young people facing the journey into adulthood. For adults with IDDs and their families, the path may be different, but the hopes and dreams are the same, and are within reach with the right support and assistance. Involvement with family, friends, and other natural supports are encouraged, and Dre’s Haven creates numerous opportunities for individuals to develop and maintain relationships and connections with organizations as they carve out their place in the community.
Envision at Dre’s Haven reduces isolation while building social confidence and physical stamina. We provide opportunities for participants to learn and strengthen life and communication skills, build confidence through decision making, and explore their own likes and dislikes. Experiences range from adventure trips to volunteering to cooking classes. Through the following creative center program, Dre’s Haven seeks to develop and increase learning, self-awareness, self-esteem, relationships, problem resolution and interpersonal skills, self-determination, self-advocacy, healthy life-styles, knowledge of human rights and responsibilities.