WAXAHACHIE

Daymark Living is launching Texas’ first summer camp program that simulates and fosters independent living for individuals with intellectual and developmental delays aged 16 years and older.

Daymark Living, a state-of-the-art residential community located in Waxahachie that is dedicated to helping adults age 18 years of age and older with intellectual and developmental delays (IDD) live, learn and thrive, is currently pre-leasing for their grand-opening later this summer.

This summer will also kick off the start of Daymark Summer Semester, a day camp where participants will attend a variety of classes, all geared toward supporting students in their quest to gain meaningful employment and foster independence. Sessions are available on a weekly basis, from July 9 through August 17. Courses fall into four main categories: horticulture, fine arts, culinary, and health and wellness. Day camp runs from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm and includes lunch in the community’s dining hall. Each weekly session costs $500 to attend.

Transportation to and from Daymark’s location in Waxahachie, Texas, will be provided daily via a shuttle service. Participants will be picked up at 8 a.m. at the Moody Family YMCA at 6000 Preston Road and dropped back off at the same location at 4:30 p.m. Additional shuttle service to and from other locations in the DFW area may be added as well depending on market demand.

Daymark Summer Semester will culminate in a two-day celebration at the end of the program on August 16-17. On Thursday, August 16, attendees will participate in a talent show. On Friday, August 17, there will be a luncheon where campers can connect with potential employers and show off the skills they learned over the summer.

“Daymark Living’s main mission is to help each of our participants become more independent. We believe in their abilities, have top experts that know how to best reach and teach them, and are excited to help each individual maximize his or her fullest potential,” said John Poston, founder and president of Daymark Living.

Daymark Living is designed with every aspect of the community intended to foster independence and facilitate friendships in a supportive and supervised environment. Part of the program includes education courses, connections and scheduled transportation to and from employment opportunities.

Daymark is situated just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas, well-located in an area where adults with IDD face a lack of adequate independent housing options. According to a Texas Workforce Investment Council report, only 400 quality beds presently exist in Texas to service roughly 574,000 adults with IDD in the three major markets — Dallas, Houston, and Austin/San Antonio. The number is less than one percent of the identified population.

To tackle social integration and interpersonal skills - another big issue facing adults with IDD - Daymark Living has started the Daymark Social Club which hosts at least two events each month throughout DFW for individuals aged 15 years and older. These events offer attendees the opportunity to form friendships and learn new skills.

ABOUT DAYMARK

Daymark Living is a community that was conceived, designed and built for people with intellectual and developmental delays (IDD). It provides housing, recreational, learning, and employment opportunities in a 40-acre community in Waxahachie, Texas, just 30 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Currently under construction and slated to open later this summer, 28 resort-style cottages with 202 beds are designed to facilitate friendships and foster independence in a supportive, safe and supervised environment.

Please visit www.daymarkliving.com or call 972-646-2162 for more information.

For more information about Daymark Summer Semester, please visit https://daymarkliving.com/summersemester/.