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

Bowling with Bowlero Lanes

The SLC is partnering with Bowlero Lanes to offer a bowling league to teens with autism.  SLC Bowling 7The teens will learn the basics of bowling, sportsmanship, conversational skills, and social skills. 

Beginning May 8, the class will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bowlero Lanes at 4398 Monroe Street, Toledo, Ohio.    The cost for the six week league is $35.  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.     

Social Living Club  - Betty's Farm in Lima 

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 the rules of the game.    

Bowling will be held at 20th Century Lanes in Lima, Ohio on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The cost of the five-week session is $45.00 and needs to be paid in advance. 

The dates of the four week bowling class are as follows: April 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16

Scholarships for SLC are provided by the Great Lakes Collaborative for Autism and ProMedica. 

For more information and to sign-up, please contact Robert Foreman at 419.205.2841 or rforeman@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!