After a two-year hiatus, Living Resources’ Day Program is planning its Award Ceremony, which is slated to be held this spring, pending COVID policies.

For those in Living Resources Day Programs, one of the most heartbreaking effects of the COVID shutdown in 2020 was the loss of the Day Program Award Ceremony. Twice a year, we celebrated the many varied achievements of our program participants and recognized staff for their compassionate work. These celebrations were greatly anticipated by all involved as an opportunity to catch up with friends and raucously cheer for all who won an award. Featured musical entertainment had always been provided by the Day Community Opportunity Program (DCOP) chorus and Brain Injury Services rock band, called “Brain Waves.” In 2020, large gatherings of people were halted in efforts to abate the spread of the virus and the ceremony was postponed and later cancelled.

Now that there is a glimmer of hope that we will once again be able to gather, the participants desire a triumphant return. Our DCOP staff and participants across all counties we serve were united last week in holding a bake sale. The proceeds will be used towards making the ceremony amazing.

Program participants assisted in the baking of delectable sweet treats, dog biscuits, and even making candles for sale. They stated that they loved being part of the process of creating and then selling their wares because it gave them an opportunity to meet people in the community and explain what the Day Community Opportunities program is and the kinds of activities they do.