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Virtual programs keep villagers connected

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 Staying connected virtually, High Point Village is providing services to villagers with special needs in Lubbock and outside the city limits.

"We feel like it's broadened our perspective, it's made us able to do what we do and celebrate villagers and celebrate people with intellectual disabilities and empower and educate them maybe not face to face, but have a cool way to do it online," High Point Village Program Director Jaimie Havens said.

Trying to keep the same components and schedule, The Reach High at Home and Dream Big at Home programs offer paper materials and virtual interactions to about 35 villagers.

"We're still really involved in community, we still do life skills and social skills, money management, bible, all of those fun things and we also get to be on zoom calls twice a day, we eat lunch together on zoom, so we just have a lot of fun," Havens said.

Havens believes it's important to keep the interaction between program teachers and villagers during this time.

"We're just really trying to be intentional to keep relationships the forefront in this time so that our villagers that are so used to having community don't feel isolated," Havens said.

With villagers now at home, it's brought some new challenges for parents. High Point Village hopes to make it easier with a structured schedule.

"This programming has really provided an opportunity for them to get to connect with their villager in a new way and help them navigate online services," Havens said.

The methods have changed, but the meaning has not.

"Our purposed remained the same though, to offer incredible programming, to engage villagers and educate them and empower them," Havens said.

To keep the community involved, some special guests have made appearances.

"We've invited the Texas Tech baseball team and volleyball team and some of the athletic departments to come join us on zoom calls and so they've done virtual dance parties," Havens said.

Giving back at the same time, the villagers and volunteers have made cookies and bagged rice for Lubbock Impact and made cards for hospice patients in Lubbock.

For more information on High Point Village: click here.

 

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