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Location

Delta Community Living Society
Resource Centre
#1 – 3800 72 Street
Delta, BC
V4K 3N2
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Tel: 604.946.9508
Fax: 604.940.9683
Email: dcls@dcls.ca

Community Services

This service segment supports a wide range of ‘day services’ made up of Employment, Life Skills training, a Recreation Program, the Studio 19 Art Program and a Self Advocates group. All day services are offered from one of our community-based Connections centres, staffed and operated by DCLS.

Employment Services: DCLS is committed to helping the people it supports secure meaningful and sustainable paid employment. In addition to breaking down barriers to employment for persons with developmental disabilities, the services and supports offered by DCLS increase the confidence, self-sufficiency and self-worth of all those who participate. For more information on Employment Services click here.

Recreation Program: Provides opportunities for the people we serve to participate in a variety of leisure, sport and cultural activities. Organized around an annual calendar of events, the program builds self-esteem and provides the people DCLS supports with companionship and the opportunity to experience life in their community. For more information on the Recreation program click here.

Studio 19 Art Program: This program provides the people we support with an opportunity to express their artistic talents through various mediums. The program includes a fully-equipped art studio, where persons served engage in a wide variety of art projects two days a week. The program teaches about different local, national and international artists and styles, cultural traditions and important holidays through the exploration of different forms of art.

Completed art projects are displayed at the DCLS Resource Centre, its Solutions Employment Services location in Ladner and at the Ladner Library Coffee Café, alongside the artwork of the Delta Arts Council. Individuals who create items for sale receive 100% of the funds for all items sold.

Life Skills Program: This program delivers a night school-based education that helps participants build practical new skills and raise their knowledge of important topics. Night school classes are held twice a week at two DCLS Community Support Centres.

DCLS employs two dedicated instructors, who skillfully blend academics and life skills education into their curriculum. All classroom activities are taught in a variety of ways to ensure concepts are understood by students. There is role modeling, game playing, textbook work and conversation around each of the components that are reviewed at each class.

Self Advocates: Self Advocacy is a civil rights movement for people with developmental disabilities. Self Advocates seek to reduce the isolation of people with a developmental disability and help them take greater control over their lives. DCLS provides ongoing support to the Delta Advocates, a Self Advocates Group led by 10 community-minded people. For more information on Self Advocates click here.

For more information about the Community Services offered by DCLS, contact Lanette Vawter, Residential & Community Services Manager, at 604.952.6495 (lvawter@dcls.ca).