Other Programs, Services, and Activities
Through involvement with Special Olympics, Rolling Hills participants have the opportunity to participate and compete in sports such as bowling, track and field, swimming, softball, and basketball. The many benefits of this program include improved physical health, social skills, and the chance to be part of a team …..maybe even a sports star.
Rolling Hills plans and coordinates a variety of field trips into the community. These range in scope and size from a small group visit to a local park, to a trip to a professional baseball game for the entire workshop. All activities are intended to provide the individual with the opportunity to enjoy the recreational activities and facilities available in our vicinity and part of the state as well as enable individuals to learn how to access the community in a particular and appropriate manner.
Open House and Pancake Breakfast
In order that the residents of our community have the opportunity to see our facility, we sponsor an open house pancake breakfast every other year.
Being a rural county with no public transportation resources, we find that providing transportation to and from the workshop a necessity. Rolling Hills operates six different bus and van routes throughout the county each morning and afternoon. Transportation is also provided to medical and similar appointments as needed for individuals who do not have access to their own transportation. However, no one is denied services due to inability to pay.
A lunch program, which offers a wide variety of nutritious and delicious meals, is available each work day. The food service is staffed by a professional cook and client/worker who serve as cook’s helpers and bus persons. There is a normal fee for the lunch and this may be paid daily or charged, then billed monthly or deducted through payroll deduction. Free lunches are available to individuals who are not able to afford a hot meal.
Being aware of the financial needs of an individual is essential to providing quality, comprehensive services. In order that participants receive full benefits to which they may be entitled we examine each individual’s financial situation on a regular basis to ensure that they receive entitlements for which they may be eligible. This may result in referral to the Social Security Administration, Department of Human Services, Tri-Counties Opportunities Council, and other similar agencies.
Rolling Hills operates a food pantry for the benefit of individuals who participate in our programs. A variety of canned meats and vegetables, cereals and snack foods are available to participants who indicate such need.
We frequently receive donations of quality, used clothing from individuals in the community. These items are made available to participants at no cost.
The holiday season is special at Rolling Hills. Each Thanksgiving and Christmas we hold a traditional turkey and ham dinner at no cost. A Christmas party, complete with dancing, gifts and refreshments, is held every December.
Community Resource-ADA and Employment
Rolling Hills is able to serve as a valuable resource for the Carroll County community in the area of accessibility, including the Americans with Disability Act, and employment with regard to hiring of individuals with disabilities. Questions and requests for information may be directed to staff members at Rolling Hills.