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 Volleyball Club (TVC) to offer a volleyball 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 the rules of volleyball, communications in sports, how to handle winning and losing, and team work. 

Beginning April 24, the five week program will be on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Toledo Volleyball Club which is located at the Lucas County Rec Center at 2901 Key St # 2, Maumee, OH 43537.   The cost for the five week program is $75.  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 Kate Gulbrand at 419.206.7803 or kgulbrand@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 Kate Gulbrand atkgulbrand@bittersweetfarms.org or 419 206 7803 for more information!

Social Living Club  - Betty's Farm in Lima

The Social Living Club (SLC) at Betty’s Farm is offering a photography class to adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.  The six week photography class will be taught by a local photographer.    Members of the SLC will learn the basics of photography, with an emphasis on nature photography.    SLC Photography 2

The photography class will be held at Betty’s Farm in Lima, Ohio on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The cost of the six sessions will be $45.00 and will need to be paid in advance.   SLC participants must be able to participate in the activity independently or with the appropriate support staff provided by the family.   Participants are required to bring their own camera.  For more information and to sign-up, please contact Robert Foreman at 419.205.2841 or rforeman@bittersweetfarms.org.

Dates of the six week photography class are as follows: April 5, 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10

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