Connect with Friends

Connect with Friends

Expand your Horizons through Connect with Friends

A Connect with Friends Workshop in July
A Connect with Friends workshop in July, 2021.

Connections for Independent Living’s Connect with Friends program provides weekly in-person and online video conferencing workshops specifically for persons in northeastern Colorado who live with paralysis.

This is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Coloradans and share experiences.

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Workshops include interests ranging from armchair travel to photography to gaming.

There’s no charge to participate for persons who live with paralysis and their caregivers. You must be a resident of  Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington, Sedgwick, Yuma, or Phillips County.

Workshops are underway. Join us today!

For more information regarding this program, please call your Independent Living Specialist at (970) 352-8682, or send us an email message. If you’re ready to participate, your Independent Living Specialist can register you, or you can use the form below to register for the sessions of your choice.

Scheduled Sessions

Wednesdays, July 7 – August 25Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Participants research vacation and travel destinations worldwide and present multimedia talks about these destinations to the group.

This workshop is hosted in-person and by video conferencing, starting at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

If participating in person at our Connections office at 1331 8th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631, you must be fully vaccinated to attend without a face mask. Please arrive ten minutes early to the workshops. Remote video conferencing participants will be provided the workshop login information.

Wednesdays, September 1 – October 27

Three camerasParticipants undertake still photography in association with the Photovoice program. A limited number of digital devices are available for free loan from the Connections Loan Closet.

Photovoice is an innovative way to reflect, talk, learn, share, and make a difference for yourself and others. It is a straightforward method that fosters patient, family, and community dialog.

Photovoice puts cameras in the hands of people with valuable life experiences so they can explore and share their perspectives on health, family, community, and their futures. Using photovoice, participants can encourage discussion, investigate experiences, highlight social justice issues, collaborate for change, identify needs, and more.

This workshop is hosted in-person and by video conferencing, starting at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

If participating in person at our Connections office at 1331 8th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631, you must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. Please arrive ten minutes early to the workshops. Remote video conferencing participants will be provided the workshop login information.

Wednesdays, November 3 – December 22

Participants learn about different types of art – from creative writing, to music, to dance. Unlock your creativity with this workshop.

Workshop schedule:

  • November 3 – Get-to-know-you activity, and a guest speaker
  • November 12 – Creative writing
  • November 17 – Writing your story
  • November 24 – Unlocking your creativity
  • December 3 – Holiday party
  • December 8 – How music changes affect your brain
  • December 15 – Dance video and discussion
  • December 22 – Discussion on art favorites

This workshop is hosted in-person and by video conferencing, starting at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

If participating in person at our Connections office at 1331 8th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631, you must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. Please arrive ten minutes early to the workshops. Remote video conferencing participants will be provided the workshop login information.

January 12 – March 2, 2022

Participants learn about processes and tools to research family histories, then undertake the process themselves. More

More information coming soon!

March 3 – April 21, 2022

Game Boy gaming cartridge

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the globe have realized the threat of social isolation. But for people with disabilities, social isolation has been an ongoing epidemic. While things have undoubtedly gotten worse as the pandemic has progressed, 35-45% of people with disabilities were profoundly socially isolated even before COVID. We are creating opportunities that enable play in order to combat social isolation, foster inclusive communities, and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

In this workshop, participants learn about gaming through available game consoles such as Playstation and Nintendo, and through Internet game applications and programs. A limited number of devices are available for free use from Connections.

This workshop is hosted in-person and by video conferencing, starting at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

If participating in person at our Connections office at 1331 8th Avenue, Greeley, Colorado 80631, you must wear a face mask, regardless of vaccination status. Please arrive ten minutes early to the workshops. Remote video conferencing participants will be provided the workshop login information.

Gaming

March 16 – May 4, 2022

Participants tell their story through video. A limited number of devices are available for free loan from the Connections Loan Closet.

More information coming soon!

Join Us

Complete our form below to register for our Connect with Friends program.

  • Sessions will be hosted weekly on Wednesdays or Thursdays for as long as two months per session.
  • Some participants may choose to attend our sessions in person. Please indicate your preference.
  • Indicate whether you will need technology from the Connections Loan Closet for your participation. Devices will be available at no cost, and are provided for the length of the session term.
  • Carefully double-check your information prior to submitting. You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission by email.
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation logo artProgram funding for Connections’ Connect with Friends is provided in part by a Direct Effect Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

 

About the Reeve Foundation:

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis. By uniting the brightest minds in the field, we are working tirelessly to accelerate scientific discovery across the field of spinal cord research by investing in labs across the globe. Additionally, through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, the Reeve Foundation’s national Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health, well-being, and independence of people living with paralysis, providing comprehensive information, resources, and referral services assisting over 100,000 individuals and families since its launch in 2002. The Reeve Foundation is committed to elevating our community’s voices and needs to achieve greater representation and independence. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal.  For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.