Participants of our Saratoga County Day Community Opportunities Program (DCOP) have been enjoying their community and beyond!

They went to the Berkshire Museum where they explored an interactive exhibition showcasing regional innovators and innovations, checked out dioramas of model plants and animals in their native habitats,  said hello to Berkshire Museum’s resident mummy, Pahat, and visited the many species of fish, insects, reptiles, and amphibians in the aquarium and reptile room. It was so fun, they couldn’t leave without purchasing something from the gift shop to remember the excursion!

At St. Edwards in Clifton Park, they put on some fun music and got their blood pumping at their weekly boxing/ kickboxing class, taught by Saratoga County DCOP Manager Kristina Shafer. The classes are great exercise, allowing all who participate to increase their power, fitness, and agility, working on coordination and balance, while toning and strengthening their entire body. Plus, it’s a great stress reliever! The class is such a knockout. Kristina even posed for a dramatic photo!

After all that activity, they decided to treat themselves to something sweet at the grand opening of Crumbl Cookie in Latham Farms! They patiently waited in a long line for their turn to purchase some delectable delights. How do they taste? Check out the big thumbs up!

We can’t wait to see what next month brings!

The DCOP is a “without walls” program offered throughout the Capital/Saratoga Region, as well as Taconic and Hudson Valley, for adults 18 years and older. Individuals in the program participate in a wide variety of activities including cultural and artistic pursuits, volunteer opportunities, recreational activities, and skill-building classes. Skill-building classes include but are not limited to art, computer instruction, cooking, money management, reading, and travel training.

The DCOP has created an environment that fosters community inclusion, self-sufficiency, and self-advocacy for its participants.