Langhorne, PA— Woods Services, a non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has received two grants totaling $20,187 from Foundations Community Partnership (FCP) to support training and other initiatives. FCP is a nonprofit foundation formed to improve the quality of life for special needs children, youth and families in Bucks County. Here are the details of the two grants:
-Children with disabilities may have experienced trauma in their lives due to sexual and physical abuse or neglect and this can cause them to present inappropriate behaviors. A $10,000 grant will provide training, using a trauma-informed approach, for clinicians and other staff who work with children and youth served by Woods. Woods plans to partner with the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) to implement the trainings, which will improve the capacity of staff to provide the most compassionate and effective treatment to these students. NOVA supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes in Bucks County and works to prevent and eliminate violence in society through advocacy, training, community education and prevention programs.
-$10,187 will support the renovation of a training kitchen for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Located in the Gardner Education Center, the kitchen will provide students with a larger, wheelchair accessible space to support learning and the development of life skills, such as menu planning, prepping and cooking ingredients and making healthy food choices. These skills will help students successfully transition into life in the community after graduation and gain greater independence.
Woods Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit multi-service population health management and advocacy organization that provides innovative, comprehensive and integrated health, education, housing, workforce, behavioral health and case management services to more than 4,000 children and adults in the intellectual and developmental disability, child welfare, behavioral and brain trauma public health sectors who have complex and intensive medical and behavioral healthcare needs.