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Program Information
Program Name: Future Directions COS
Year the Program was Started: 1989
Address: 11511 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Telephone #: 216-251-8265
Fax #: 216-251-2854
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Drop-in Center
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $100,000-$200,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 1-2
Paid Part-Time: 1-2
Volunteers: None
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Program brochure, Website
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals: Participation in the work group includes making raw materials into sellable items. These craft projects help teach patience while improving motor skills. The group also enhances basic work and social skills while interacting with fellow peers. Self-confidence is built while members help each other learn to use simple tools. By selling finished projects at area craft fairs, social phobias and prejudice can be lessened while interacting with the public. Setting up, running, and tearing down craft shows can improve organizing and planning skills.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? No
Program Mission Statement: To sharpen concentration, organize thoughts, develop problem solving skills, improve decision making, learn new social and work skills, support others in learning, share personal talents, boost self-confidence for all, increase independence, and encourage empowerment through craft making.
Additional Information: Future Directions COS is a three-fold organization. The agency supports a crafts program without the flavor of occupational therapy; incorporates a drop-in center by hosting events, field trips, and other activities for relaxation and enjoyment; and provides a social club with a friendly atmosphere where people can speak freely about their experiences or problems, learn from fellow consumers, and offer peer support for all members.

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