Quincea believes that every individual finds self-worth, purpose and happiness when they are engaged as active and contributing members of their community.
Quincea is committed to building quality programs for developmentally disabled adults. We studied the successes and failures of more than 200 operating programs in the United States and Canada looking for innovative ideas. In the summer of 2016 Quincea completed the licensing process with the State of Arizona and established an adult day training program. We are located on the campus of Mary’s Ministries at 5025 South Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85040.
Our program includes daily activities that are designed to increase independent life skills, explore individual interests and prepare participants for volunteer and vocational options within their community. Activities are selected that foster the development of multiple skill sets. Planning a healthy lunch menu, purchasing the needed ingredients, and preparing a group meal encourages the development of healthy habits, successful group interactions, money handling and other critical life and work skills. We insure our program participants’ interest by having them assist us in planning the activity calendars. Arts and crafts, games, physical fitness and community outings are all included in the options.
What makes Quincea’s program unique?
In researching social service programs for developmentally disabled adults many agencies reported that significant therapeutic benefits were observed in individuals working in agriculturally based programs. Agencies consistently reported documenting increases in participants’ physical activity levels and social interaction as well as reductions in their body weight and negative behaviors. The ability to act as a caregiver, whether it is for plants and/or animals, seems to provide multiple benefits for many individuals. For this reason we have chosen to develop a day program that includes horticulture and animal husbandry opportunities.
Quincea is partnering with Green On Purpose to construct “Pueblo Viejo Fields” as a demonstration agricultural project on a two acre site which is attached to our day program. This includes 900 square feet of raised herb beds. A “controlled environmental agricultural” growing container which will produce vegetables for sale to the general public is being planned for placement on the site. In addition, relationships with small local growers will allow us to assist them with the transportation and distribution of their crops. These agricultural opportunities and “social enterprise” efforts are directed towards the creation of “job and volunteer opportunities” for our program participants within the surrounding community.
We are currently accepting new participants and would be happy to show you our facility and discuss our program. To make an appointment please call Scott Verfurth, DDD Programs Director, at 480-888-5837.
Many adults with special needs have never had the opportunity to consider the idea of employment. To these adults schedule, responsibility and focus are completely foreign concepts. Quincea is committed to providing volunteer programs that address these concepts and are the first step in employment.
Center Based Work
This happens in a sheltered environment and practices specific tasks of production or assembly. Each step in the process contributes to the whole. Each individual within this type of employment will have direct supervision, standards of equitable measure, learn essential base skills and receive compensation for their work.
Group Supported Employment
Real-world contract jobs coupled with staff support, allow for the maximum level of training, monitoring and mentoring needed by each individual. These are paid positions, where the hourly rates are determined by skill level and where regular evaluations show specific rates of progression.
Quincea develops avenues for ‘Apprenticeship to Placement’ jobs within the community, where 100% immersion and full employment benefits are earned.