EPIC will use the Star Raft model to build community connections for people with developmental disabilities in Pike County.
But… why do you care? What does that mean anyway?
In sailing, boats have a specific way to tie up in the harbor so that all the connected boats can share what they have on board and share where they are anchored. The boats connect in a circle (or Star Raft) and I can move from boat to boat to enjoy a different view — where another boat is anchored. I can share what I have on board and others can share with me. Boats can leave or enter the circle without the rest of the circle coming undone.
In the Star Raft model, we build community in the same way. We bring people together with purpose so that they can share what they have on board — their skills, talents, interests. And they can share where they are anchored — by inviting others to the places in the community where they ‘belong’.
A simple example: One person in the group would like to explore an interest in gardening. Someone says, “I know the lady who owns the local nursery. Maybe we could visit with her a bit.” Someone else says, “I can bring my spade and some seeds. I would enjoy spending an hour tomorrow helping you do some planting at your place.” Someone else says, “I belong to the Garden Club. Come with me to our next meeting. I’ll introduce you to the others. Perhaps you’d like to join.”
By very simply bringing people together with purpose, we can build community connections in a meaningful way for people with developmental disabilities. Those connections then lead to an improved quality of life in unpredictable and creative ways that are highly individualized.
By the way, the Star Raft model works with any group of vulnerable people living on the edge of the community.
Please view the short preview attached, share the information, and plan to join us for a day with David Wetherow on Saturday, Aug 8th in Pittsfield. Bring a friend, a colleague, a neighbor… Click here for details and registration.
Registration is not limited to Pike County residents. All are welcome.