Sponsored by BrightCare Center
BrightCare Center in Manassas is an adult day care facility serving disabled residents throughout Northern Virginia. This unique, activity-based program is a life-enriching program serving residents of all financial backgrounds. Program participants include adults with diagnoses of autism, cerebral palsy, developmental and intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and more.
Meeting the Needs of Those With Disabilities
Program attendees receive individualized plans of care, which cater to their personal needs and behaviors and encourage growth. Every BrightCare activity is designed to promote greater independence and enhance quality of life. They are also designed to meet the unique needs of each participant and may help with:
- Improving life skills
- Restorative movement
- Behavior management
- Group interaction
- Increasing work skills
And while the focus may be on increasing abilities, the activities are fun and engaging. BrightCare attendees participate in:
- Weekly community outings
- Music therapy
- Arts and Crafts
- And more
In addition to developing skills, improving social interactions and managing behaviors, BrightCare staff is dedicated to serving the whole individual. Staff handle medication management, serve nutritious meals and snacks daily, and can even assist families with scheduling medical appointments and arranging needed transportation.
“I feel comfortable sending my son where he can interact with others and have fun, and a full day without me worrying about his safety,” said Samantha Harrell, who sends her son to BrightCare Center. “We live in Dumfries, and you are in Manassas, a fair distance away, but you have established transportation to pick him up and drop him off door-to-door. It’s much appreciated.”
“We offer support to the entire family,” said founder and CEO Nyome Kamara.
By helping families manage services for their loved ones with disabilities, it takes the pressure off the caregivers to handle everything. Families and program participants know that BrightCare staff is available to support them with a variety of needs that serve the whole person.
Don Shaw’s daughter, Ashley, attends BrightCare and he recounts his experience. “Our daughter is a wonderful young lady who also happens to have special needs. Ashley started attending the BrightCare Center two years ago. She is a very social person and needs a program that not only provides her a social outlet, but ensures a safe, caring environment. BrightCare Center addresses that need. Without BrightCare, Ashley would be relegated to staying at home during the day with a home healthcare provider, and greatly reduced interaction with her community and peers. We must do everything we can to support and encourage BrightCare as they provide a valuable service to our community.”
How You Can Support the BrightCare Center
The BrightCare Program welcomes volunteers to help in a variety of ways.
“Volunteers can come in and assist with an existing activity, or they can come share a special talent with us,” said Kamara.
Musicians and performing groups could schedule a time to perform for participants. Crafters can teach classes, and beauticians can give makeovers. The center welcomes individuals who want to spend time one-on-one with participants, too. If you have an interest in helping, there’s a place for you as a volunteer at BrightCare Center.
Partial funding for BrightCare’s programming comes from generous businesses and community members. There are a variety of ways to help out financially. Visit the BrightCare Center website to view their donations wish list and their direct financial donation portal. Businesses wishing to provide sponsorship should call the center at 703-330-5836.