Social Impact Programs
BI’s Life Skills and Inclusive Community Services programs offer a wide variety of targeted and customized opportunities for people to make a positive social impact in their community.
Community-based volunteer opportunities, recreational activities, classes and job readiness training are provided through our Life Skills program. Classes are designed to teach skills that are applicable in real-life situations such as budgeting, cooking, pedestrian safety, and health and wellness. Partner organizations for community volunteerism include Sonoma County Library, Meals on Wheels, Redwood Empire Food Bank, and St Vincent De Paul.
The Life Skills program strives to tailor each person’s day to his or her expressed preferences, interests and goals. The focus is on building daily living skills in areas including socialization and communication, self advocacy, rights and responsibilities, nutrition, and disaster preparedness.
Inclusive Community Services (ICS) offers the small staff to client ratio (1:2) that is necessary in order to effectively support individuals becoming active participants in their local communities. With a focus on each person’s right to direct their own services, this program pays particular attention to ensuring that individual choice is encouraged through the development of strong self-advocacy skills. Individuals may attend classes in independent living skills, job readiness, and career exploration as well as foster community partnerships through volunteer and/or employment opportunities and a myriad of recreational and social events.