The Next Stop’s basic vision has remained the same since day one: we wanted to establish a place where adults with special needs in our community could come and have opportunities to socialize, enjoy recreation, and learn life application skills alongside their peers. We saw these adults thriving in an enjoyable, structured and supportive setting where they could laugh, learn, and shine!
It is no secret when those with special needs turn 22 years old, the school bus stops coming and they are faced with limited opportunities and tough transitions into adulthood. Many spend days in non-stimulating environments, and are left feeling unproductive in their lives. This can and does lead to a downward spiral of loneliness and depression. Also, the increase in idle and alone time often leads to the regression of skills learned through the school years.
So instead of those days without friends or without purpose, The Next Stop has made it possible for adults with special needs to be part of a social community and experience meaningful, productive time together.
To help satisfy the fundamental human need of belonging, the Next Stop provides the opportunity for members to spend stimulating afternoons laughing and enjoying friendships in a fulfilling and challenging way. Members also have the opportunity to maintain their skills and to continue to grow by participating in the purposeful and goal-oriented activities provided at The Next Stop.
We realize that The Next Stop cannot address all issues facing adults with special needs — but we are able to provide the opportunities and experiences that can enrich and expand their lives.