LEAP program helping adults with disabilities

FARMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We've covered plenty of stories at 207 that feature organizations helping youth with disabilities, but there are others that are dedicated to helping adults facing similar challenges. LEAP, which stands for Life Enrichment Advancing People, has been advocating for adults living with disabilities since 1980.

LEAP supports the adults in it's programs through small groups, individualized apartments, community supports and through a small community respite program. All of those work to give the individual the best care based on their unique personality, interests, abilities and needs. LEAP's Anson Street Group Home in Farmington has several adults working to become more independent. Kyla Wheeler is an administrator with the home.

"We work on budgeting, we talk about what you're going to spend that day, plan what you're going to spend for the rest of the week and the choices you're going to make to make sure you're resources last," said Wheeler.

A stand out at Anson Street is it's resident, Caitlin Turner. She's known all throughout the community because of the work she does in the area including volunteering at Franklin Memorial Hospital. She's been volunteering there for the past 10 years and is appreciated by several staff members including Kristen Grondin.

"Our volunteers here do a lot of work for us and they're extremely helpful and we appreciate what they do. Especially little Caitlin, she's great," said Grondin.

LEAP will be holding their 8th Annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction at the Sandy River Golf Club August 9th starting at 1PM. Money raised will benefit it's non-medicaid funded programs. To find out more about LEAP and the tournament visit leapcommunity.org.


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