Steer Friends has been creating meaningful friendships for individuals with disabilities since 2018.
They provide day program support designed specifically for adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
Founders Maureen Hall and Steve Wilkins started the program for their daughter Stephanie whose life changed dramatically when she graduated from Stouffville Secondary School.
“When people like Stephanie leave high school, opportunities to further their social development dry up and that is not fair,” said Hall.
Steer Friends fills what parents see as a gap in support for adults with developmental disabilities. The program fosters independence and creates opportunities for social interactions with friends while providing learning opportunities through its diverse programming options.
One parent says that they travel two hours round trip, “because there are so few programs for people like Deane and Steer Friends has got to be one of the best. Steer Friends is what I would recommend to everybody. If Steer Friends could handle it, others should go there. It’s just such a good program and without it, Deane would have a huge hole in his life.”
Steer Friends resumed its operations in August, but the COVID-19 pandemic has created financial strain for the charitable organization with a five-month closure and loss of membership fees.
But they are thankful to community members who have continued to support their efforts in providing supports for individuals with disabilities.
Conveniently located in the heart of Stouffville, Steer Friends provides day program support to youth and adults with disabilities and complex care needs across York Region and the GTA.
To learn more about their program or to support their organization, visit www.steerfriends.org