Summer is the season for sun-filled days, warm nights, and time spent with family and friends. We enjoyed parties and BBQ’s, mini-vacations, and volunteering throughout our community. Here are a few highlights about what our LSA family experienced this year…a little slice of LSA summer.
CITP- Making an Impact in Our Community
LSA’s CITP participants had the honor of visiting and working at Costanoa Commons in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains.
The urban farm was established by a group of families and friends to create a community where people of all abilities could share in everyday life, foster friendships, and create opportunities for people with disabilities.
Volunteers were able to help harvest fresh vegetables and flowers, and assist with various tasks around the farm including compositing and laying ground covers. It was an incredible experience for everyone! For more photos of the day and information on the farm, check out our blog post.
CITP began a partnership with the Triton Museum of Art & Jamison Brown House where they will be volunteering weekly to assist with maintaining the grounds, museum and historical buildings.
Parties, Birthdays and Summer Trips!
The last two months have been packed with festivities and our residents have been busy soaking in all that summer has to offer. From multiple birthday celebrations and parties – including CITP’s annual BBQ, 4th of July, and Hot August Nights – to day trips to Coyote Point Beach, San Francisco, the Fair Grounds, Emma Prusch Farms, and more!
Councilmember Visits McKendrie
Councilmember Sergio Jimenez visited our McKendrie home with Executive Director Dana Hooper to meet a few of our amazing residents, and learn more about LSA. Jimenez, a vocal supporter of organizations serving people with DD/ID throughout our community, was able to speak with staff and learn a little more about residential housing models, and the operational side of running an LSA home.
LSA welcomed five young men into our Ramita home over the summer. Starting their journey with a meet-and-greet with their families to the final move, bonds with fellow roommates and current LSA residents presented opportunities for new friendships and kindred support.