Stay Warm this Winter by Getting Connected!

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Stay warm this winter by staying Connected! Register for IMAGE Connect for Teens and Young Adults today! 
 
Join IMAGE in Harford County this winter for session activities designed to build opportunities for increased money management skills, social and communication skills and time management skills. This includes special holiday events that will take place in December and service projects happening in the community through out the winter. Register today!
Wednesday, December 7th 6-8pm 
Money Budgeting and Time Management Holiday Shopping event
The Harford Mall, Bel Air
Wednesday, December 21st 6-8pm
Social Skills Building Holiday Party and Wrapping Event
Location TBD
Wednesday, January 4th 6-8pm
New Year, New You! Goal setting activities & dinner
Bel Air Library & Buontempo Brothers Pizza, Bel Air
Wednesday, January 25th 6-8pm 
Eat and Achieve! Goal setting continued with Guest Speaker
Steelfish Restaurant, Bel Air
Wednesday, February 1st 6-8pm
Hearts for Happy Seniors Valentine Day Service Event
Location TBD
Wednesday, February 22nd 6-8pm
Making Connections & Maintaining Relationships
Bel Air Library & Buontempo Brothers Pizza, Bel Air
*Program fee $90.00
*There may be additional cost for social hour including food, drink or any other additional outing fee.
The IMAGE Center | 443-275-9396 |  jleone@imagemd.org |www.imagemd.org
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IMAGE Teens volunteer at The Baltimore Zoo

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Recently IMAGE Connect/LOL participants had the opportunity to participate in a volunteer service project at The Baltimore Zoo alongside the Occupational Therapy Students at Towson University. Not only did participants gain insight into the benefits of volunteering, they gained invaluable recreational experiences throughout the day and engaged in job seeking and employment skills as well. We are thankful to the students of Towson University and The Baltimore Zoo for helping to provide such a meaningful experience for our participants! img_1296

New Programs start in Baltimore County October 12th!

862Upcoming Events:

Join The IMAGE Center in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department of Towson University for the Connect program for teens and young adults. The Connect program is designed to empower young adults to achieve skills of self advocacy, build opportunities for self exploration and increase skills for increased independence.

Connect will kick off for 6 total weeks beginning on October 12th and ending on November 16th and will take place at The IMAGE Center on two Wednesday’s of each month from 6-8 pm. Dates include October 12th, 26th and November 2nd and 16th. All lessons will center around critical skills for independent living including safety awareness and community mobility, meal preparation, money management, and learning to advocate future aspirations.
Additionally this session, registered Connect participants will also have the opportunity to participate in Living Out Loud (LOL) which will meet in conjunction with the Connect program (on the off weeks that the Connect program does not meet). Living Out Loud works to promote opportunities for participants to informally meet alongside Towson students to participate in inclusive events and happenings in and around the community. The optional Living Out Loud meetups will be open to Connect program registrants on the weeks of October 17th and November 7th. Days and times for those meet up sessions will be announced after each Connect program session based on community events and happenings.
*Please note that both programs are covered under the registration fee.
Register now and empower your child to get Connected and begin Living Out Loud!

Athletes Serving Athletes by Karissa Phillips

ASA is a non-profit organization that helpspeople with disabilities participate in  main stream running events from 5k’s to triathlons. Each county meets differently Baltimore County meets every other Thursday usually biweekly meets. Janice trains with Baltimore County on the NCR trial. Janice found out about ASA through a friend. It’s a relationship building between Mom and son. Matthew gets to meet others and able to make friendships with the participants and others who help in the race. It has encouraged Jancie to become more active like biking and swimming. The people who run are the most positive and giving people Jancie has ever met.  You can find out about ASA through Facebook page athletes serving athletes or Google ASA.org. People without a disability can volunteer to be a wigman, man tents and tell people about ASA. Janice’s most memorable experience was seeing Matthew cross the finish line at his first half marathon they put up the finish tape for Matthew to break as he came across. Seeing Matthew excitment and the dance that he does when he starts to train floods Jancie with excitment and happiness for him.FB_IMG_1465516053114FB_IMG_1465515999912FB_IMG_1465515987754