Pine Tree Society offers a full spectrum of community support programs that are designed around a common goal: to help participants live healthy, more socially connected lives while gaining independence.
We believe in participant-driven programming. This means our program and activities are flexible and based on participant interests and goals.
Our small group environment enables participants to not only learn from service professionals, but to rely on each other for instruction, teamwork and friendship. We discover abilities together.
We are able to draw from the wide expertise of Pine Tree Society staff to support our participants’ unique needs including speech language pathologists to support the development and increased communication skills of our participants and Career Exploration Workshops to support those who are interested in taking steps toward future employment.
Our range of programming allows individuals to choose a setting designed to meet their specific needs – from center-based to community-based, as well as a mix of environments.
W.T. Twarog Center, Auburn
The W.T. Twarog Center offers a center-based program specifically for adults with intellectual disabilities who have a higher level of need. This is a great option for seniors as well as those who require a higher level of medical and personal support.
We offer a stimulating environment with a focus on opportunities that promote independence and personal enjoyment. The Twarog Center’s programming is designed to sustain and expand acquired skills and sustain and improve health and physical well-being.
With special training in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities who have Alhemizer’s and dementia, our team of Direct Support Professionals provide support to address sensory losses associated with the aging process.
Community Support Program, Scarborough and Auburn
Pine Tree Society’s Community Support programs in Auburn and Scarborough offer a mix of center-based and community-based programming. Designed to help participants develop the skills necessary to live healthy, socially connected lives, our programming is offered in small groups based on participant interest and goals.
Our program is focused on engaging and accessing the community. This means that we are often outside of our center participating in a wide variety of activities like working out at a local gym, grocery shopping or training for Special Olympics.
Volunteerism is an important part of our programs. Our participants make a difference in their communities in a variety of ways including helping at the local animal shelter, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the Maine Wildlife Park and Meals on Wheels.
Our goal is to not only have fun, but teach valuable life-skills designed to transform the lives of our participants.
Independent Living, Lewiston/Auburn region
This Community Support program is completely community-based and delivered one-to-one as well as in a group setting based on participant interests and connections. The goal is to help individuals build skills to access and engage in their community as independently as possible. The program is designed for individuals who have a higher level of independence and require a lower level of support.