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) is partnering with Total Sports Complex in Rossford to offer soccer lessons to teens with autism.  The SLC is a recreational program that provides social and community opportunities to teens with autism.  SLC Soccer 3

The six week program will provide an introduction to soccer, dribbling, passing, rules of the game, sportsmanship on and off the field, and formations and plays of the game. 

Beginning September 12, the program will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Total Sports Complex at 10020 South Compass Drive, Rossford, Ohio 43460.    The cost for the six week course is $75.  Social Living Club 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.    

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!

Social Living Club  - Betty's Farm in Lima 

The Social Living Club (SLC) at Betty’s Farm is offering yoga to adolescents and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.  The class will be taught by a certified yoga instructor, along with mentors who will be paired with adolescents and adults with autism and developmental disabilities.  The yoga class will help participants in the SLC to develop and master skills in flexibility, breathing, and muscle strength.   

Yoga will be held at Betty’s Farm in Lima, Ohio on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The cost of the four week session is $45.00 and needs to be paid in advance.  For more information and to sign up, please contact Rob Foreman at 419.205.2841 or rforeman@bittersweetfarms.org.

The dates of the four week yoga class are as follows: July 20, 27; August 3, 10