Social Living Club

Bittersweet Farms is accepting applications for the new Social Living Club (SLC).  The SLC is a recreational program that will provide community activities for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  

Social Living Club  - Whitehouse/Pemberville

Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC) will be partnering with the Toledo Zoo to offer a zoology program to teens with autism.  The SLC is a recreational program that provides social and community opportunities to teens with autism.  Teens in the SLC will learn about animal enrichment activities, animal diet, how enclosures are set-up, and other basics of zoology.

Beginning July 19, the five week program will be on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Toledo Zoo which is located at 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609 (please use the Broadway entrance).   The cost for the five week program is $100.  Scholarship opportunities from ProMedica and the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism are available.   SLC participants must be able to participate in the activity independently, or with the appropriate support staff provided by the family.  For more information, contact Taylor Barndt at 419.206.7803 or tbarndt@bittersweetfarms.org.    

Become a Teen Mentor for Bittersweet's Social Living Club! 

Bittersweet is looking for teen mentors to volunteer their time with Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC)! 

As a Mentor, you will have the opportunity to change the life of another person in a meaningful, lasting way.  By enrolling as a Mentor, you will teach individuals with social delays how to be a better friend by modeling and teaching good friendship behaviors. These behaviors include teaching how to maintain eye contact, have a conversation, ask and answer questions, compromise, be a “good sport,” and take other people’s perspectives.  

We are looking for Mentors who have a genuine desire to teach others.  Applicants should be social, friendly, outgoing, and patient.  We hope this is you! We’ll make your experience fun and remember that you’ll be participating in all our activities!   

BSF SLC Golf 8Andrew Kranjec shares his experience as a teen mentor:

"I initially started mentoring when I got a volunteering assignment in school. We were told to step out of our comfort zones and try something new.  With that in the back of my mind I decided to try mentoring with Bittersweet Farms. The first class I particiated in was a cooking class. The person who I worked beside was named Duncan. He was a very optimistic person, who seemed to really like cooking, but he would rarely eat what he would cook. I had a great time working beside him, he always brought a smile to my face, and hopefully I brought a smile to his face as well. I think that being a mentor is really just about being a friend, someone to talk to, laugh with, and just have fun with. As I said earlier, I started because of a school assignment, but I stayed because of the people, smiling faces, and the fun.Everyone that I have met and become friends with, are all just wonderful people, they are energetic, nice, funny, and most importantly friendly."

Contact Taylor Barndt at tbarndt@bittersweetfarms.org or 419 206 7803 for more information!

Social Living Club  - Betty's Farm in Lima 

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 The Social Living Club (SLC) at Betty’s Farm is offering bowling to adolescents and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.  Members of the SLC will learn the basics of bowling and rules of the game.    

Bowling will be held at 20th Century Lanes in Lima, Ohio on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The cost of the four week session will be $45.00 and will need to be paid in advance.  The deadline to sign-up is June 9.  For more information and to sign-up, please contact Robert Foreman at 419.205.2841 or rforeman@bittersweetfarms.org.

Dates of the four week bowling class are as follows: June 14, 21, 28, July 5