Updated: April 30, 2021 05:43 PM
Created: April 30, 2021 10:41 AM
The pandemic lead to quite the pivot for CHOICE, unlimited. The organization that supports people with disabilities moved much of their programming online, with great success. And they're calling it Together, A Part, as in everyone is playing a part.
Kristie Buchman, executive director, shared, "People felt very isolated. So these remote services are connecting people, and helping them learn new skills. They get to see their friends, too."
Pete Barnett is from Two Harbors. "I'm an artist, and have my own business, Crafted by Pete," he said. "I've been doing visual arts and art studio. And it's really opened my world back up."
CHOICE had upwards of 60 remote classes going at one point. More people are coming to in-person programs lately, so now the virtual component is more like 45.
Buchman is concerned about proposed cuts for the funding for these online services. But she said there are continued conversations about the reimbursement rate.
You can take the classes too, for a nominal fee. Some of the options include 1) Dance 2) Music 3) Studio Art, 4) Cooking 5) Coffee Talk 6) Tai Chi 7) Mindfulness through Zentangle-Inspired Art 8) Acting 9) Kickboxing 10) Social Skills 11) Journaling
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