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

Book Club with Toledo Public Libraries   

Bittersweet’s Social Living Club (SLC) will be partnering with the Toledo Public Library BSF 060617 2(Maumee branch) to offer a reading book club 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 be reading and reviewing the book Wonder by Raquel Jaramillo.

Beginning March 13, the six week program will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Maumee Public Library, located at 501 River Road, Maumee, OH 43537.   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 at Betty’s Farm is offering a five week cooking class to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.  The class will be covering culinary basics such as kitchen safety, reading recipes, different types of cooking utensils, working kitchen appliances, and learning how to follow a recipe.   The five week class will begin February 13 at 6:00 p.m.

The cooking class will be held at Betty’s Farm in Lima, Ohio.  The cost of the five sessions will be $45.00 and will need to be paid in advance.   Scholarship opportunities are available. 

Dates of the five week cooking class are as follows:  February 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 13

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!