Day Habilitation is offered Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily fees are assessed based upon the level of need. The following activities give participants the opportunity to develop practical and social skills that help them live enriched and purposeful lives.
Wrangler Day Habilitation Services
AG Life (Animal Care/Therapy)
Participants learn a variety of skills that teach individual responsibility and accountability. Participants work as a team to maintain the health and welfare of New Danville’s animals. Daily instruction includes the feeding of the chickens, pigmy goats, miniature horses, and donkeys, cats, and dogs. Participants have the opportunity to hone their golf cart driving skills as they transport feed and hay to one of 5 pastures. During their daily routine, the participants receive physical exercise while maintaining and cleaning the stalls, goat pens, and chicken coops. Frequent visits to the local feed store are included in this popular activity.
American Sign Language
Participants learn signing techniques to enable them to communicate and have non-verbal conversations with others. It is especially beneficial for those who have a speech impairment or difficulty communicating verbally with others.
And the Beat Goes On!
Participants will learn a variety of music and dance genres including Classic Country, Malt Shop Oldies, Latino, and seasonal favorites. This fun and exhilarating activity will have them singing, dancing, and/or keeping time and rhythm with their bodies, hands and feet. All instructional staff and clients will participate in this daily physical and lively activity.
Participants will learn to plan healthy but satisfying meals. Included with instruction are shopping for ingredients, comparing brands, costs, and nutritional facts, and developing safe cooking skills while preparing meals. Instruction includes measuring, proper cooking and storage temperatures, proper storage of ingredients, checking for expiration dates, and cleanup of cooking area, utensils, and cookware. Participants will enjoy having their culinary creation for lunch.
* $5 additional fee for meal ingredients; no need to bring lunch when participating in this daily option
Participants will explore New Danville’s 42 acres and surrounding historic areas. Each season brings new wonders to discover while exploring our land and wildlife. Participants go on scavenger hunts while exploring our creeks, pastures, cedar, oak and pecan trees, birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.
Sow it. Grow it. Eat it. Know It.
This highly acclaimed activity will connect participants with the land and the seasons, and help them discover where food really comes from. They will learn about decomposition, plant life cycles, insects, weather, and erosion, as well as grow seasonal vegetables. Participants will prepare the soil, grow, weed, water, and harvest their crops. They receive the benefit of physical exercise and the great outdoors, in addition to cooking and eating their bounty.
Golf Cart Driving
Participants will receive hands-on instruction to learn how to drive a golf cart safely by following standardized driving rules. They will learn to control speed, stay on the right side of the road, and avoid dangerous road hazards while ensuring the safety of pedestrians, animals, trees, and equipment. Participants who successfully complete the driving instruction will earn a New Danville Driving License. Those who abuse the driving privilege by speeding or driving recklessly are subject to losing their golf cart driving privileges.
Hand Bell Choir
New Danville’s Performing Arts activities include the “Ringing Wranglers,” our hand bell choir. Participants learn to play hand bells and perform in front of live audiences. Auditions are required to determine musical and focus ability and whether the client can take direction and constructive criticism. Accountability and taking personal responsibility are essential to a successful choir. “Practice Makes Perfect” – selected participants must enroll in both weekly classes to ensure enough rehearsal time to master this performing art. Three unexcused absences during a season (Christmas or spring performances) may result in termination from further participation.
Recommended for 1st year wranglers; participants will receive classroom instruction, discussions and activities to acquire and improve life readiness skills including self reliance, personal hygiene, and awareness and understanding of appropriate behavior in a variety of environments. Upon successful completion of this six-month curriculum, participants will earn a certificate and then transfer to another activity. Other clients are welcome to take a refresher course if needed.
Participants will learn the proper use of a digital camera while improving their photography skills. They will be guided on techniques for good lighting and avoiding background clutter. Creative expression, eye/hand coordination, fine motor skills, listening, self-help skills and team building are just a few of the benefits of this class. Photos that capture life at New Danville will be used in our marketing materials such as the website, newsletters, brochures, and annual calendar. Digital cameras will be furnished.
Resource Management (Facilities and Grounds Maintenance)
Vital to New Danville’s beauty and day-to-day operations is the ongoing upkeep of its buildings, grounds, equipment, and vehicles. Participants will benefit from the development of useful skills and physical exercise, much of which takes place outdoors (weather permitting), while learning the importance of maintaining our facilities, equipment, and grounds. Participants will enjoy community outings to the hardware store for materials and supplies and to our retail stores to assist with minor maintenance such as replacing air filters and light bulbs.
Sewing and Crocheting
Participants learn in a classroom setting how to use sewing machines and looms to create beautiful and useful items such as washcloths, quilts, throws, baby blankets, and more. Items are donated to those in need at nursing homes and homeless shelters using materials purchased by New Danville. For personal projects, participants will need to furnish their own materials.
Silver Star Singers
New Danville’s Performing Arts activities include the “Silver Star Singers,” who will perform live at a variety of New Danville holiday events and fundraisers, including Tea on the Lawn. Participants will be coached to improve stage presence and perform from memory. Auditions are required to determine musical and focus ability and whether the client can take direction and constructive criticism. Accountability and taking personal responsibility are essential to a successful choir performance. “Practice Makes Perfect” – selected participants must enroll in two of the three weekly classes to ensure enough rehearsal time to master this performing art. Three unexcused absences during a season will result in termination from further participation.
Participants receive classroom instruction to acquire and improve their artistic abilities including creative expression, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor and dexterity skills. An emphasis is placed on listening and following directions. A variety of projects will be made including producing paper pulp from recycled paper, collages, mosaics, drawing, and painting. Many of the art projects are placed in competitive exhibits at the annual Montgomery County Fair for prizes.
Participants receive classroom instruction to acquire and improve their woodworking skills including creative expression, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor and dexterity skills. They will learn to trace, sand, glue, nail, paint, or stain a variety of items. An emphasis is placed on listening and following directions. A variety of projects will be made including seasonal items, such as pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees. In addition to tables, cabinets and shelving for New Danville’s commercial enterprises.