Services for People with Special Needs
Welcome to the Y. We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility.
The Y prides itself in being accessible to all! Last summer, more than 713 children with disabilities enrolled in Y Club school-age child care and summer camp. New parents or returning parents can access Y Club or summer camp enrollment forms here:
YMCA Adult Habilitation Day Program
Established in 1985, the YMCA Adult Habilitation Day Program provides services for adults over the age of 21 having a diagnosis of a developmental disability; and severe to profound intellectual disability; as well as physical disabilities; and who need ongoing protective oversight, and training in basic daily living skills.
Located in South St. Louis City, the program takes great pride in providing a loving, caring environment, emphasizing the needs of each individual. A one-to-four staff to client ratio is maintained.
The term, “Habilitation” can be misleading. This program does not re-teach skills (rehabilitation). Opportunities are provided to enable participants to learn and develop skills needed for daily living. The absence of these skills, combined with the level of support needed, has prevented these individuals from being able to work or obtain the level of training needed to participate in a sheltered workshop environment.
Program funding is provided through the State Department of Mental Health as well as through private funding sources. The program provides services six hours per day, five days a week, 225 days per year.