PHASE ONE

Vocational Training

A variety of different experiences are offered, including volunteer or paid work activity (either at our facilities or in the community), work adjustment training, community integration and social activities, and job readiness, placement, and retention groups. The program focuses mainly on work activities, with the emphasis on preparing most individuals for eventual community employment. Individuals may have a plan which combines both supported employment and vocational services.

Special Needs Day Program

Special Needs Day Program (phase one) is designed specifically for children (nine months – 13 yrs.) with more significant disabilities. Individuals participate in a variety of relevant and interesting activities throughout the day. The program focuses on exercise, maximizing independence, leisure activities and community field trips.

PHASE TWO

Transition School-Work

Providing vocational services and supported employment for students aging out of the school system. In addition, we have the capability of working with students well before graduation, including those in 10 – 12 grades, providing career assessment, work adjustment training, and employment services.

Mobile Workforce

Individuals in the program train in the Vocational Services Program and volunteer sites and as part of an enclave at the work site, as well as eat lunch within the community. This training enables the individuals to gain experience and knowledge of all aspects of employment.

Supported Employment

Supported Employment offers individuals competitive employment in the community with a high level of support. Individuals are placed into a wide variety of jobs based on their preferences, provided job coaching to ensure a successful transition, then provided with ongoing follow-up and support for the duration of their employment.

Special Needs Day Program

The Special Needs Program (phase two) is designed specifically for individuals, both children and adults with more significant disabilities, or those who are approaching retirement age. Individuals participate in a variety of relevant and interesting activities throughout the day. The program focuses on maximizing independence. Limited personal care may be available for those who qualify. Activities include paid vocational training/subcontract work, job skills, exercise, leisure activities and community field trips.

 

Other Programs include:

PHASE ONE

Transportation

Transportation will be offered for clients to go to different sites within the
city for supported employment. Clients and volunteers that come into our facilities for programs would have access to transportation and will be pick
up and drop off from a central location around the city.

Big Ma’s Care Place – Respite Care

This program allows parents who have children with special needs a Saturday to themselves while their children – including siblings – are treated to six hours of one-to-one care and attention. The day for children includes crafts, indoor and outdoor play, and a general gathering meeting. Volunteers are carefully selected, screened and equipped.

Volunteers are carefully selected screened and equipped. (BMC Program Brochure)

Down Syndrome Association of Liberia (DSAL)

Down Syndrome Association of Liberia (DSAL) is a community service program of My Heart’s Appeal, Inc. It is a parent support group that is comprised of parents whose children have Down syndrome. We provide information, resources and emotional support to new parents looking for answers and solutions to rearing a child with a disability and, in particular, Down syndrome. The group also include parents of other intellectually disabled children, relatives, friends, siblings, foster parents, professionals and interested members of the community.  DSAL was founded by Lovetie Major, who younger sister Titema, has Down syndrome and lives in a society that does not service her needs. (DSAL Program Brochure)

PHASE TWO

Edith Manly Literacy Clinic

This program caters to children, adolescents and adults who have learning difficulties, lagging behind their peers in reading and writing, not motivated to read for enjoyment and information or who never had the opportunity to learn to read and write. Also for people who want teaching of the complex process of reading, using all of the cueing systems (phonics, sentence structure, word meaning, etc.) with an emphasis on making sense of what they read. Volunteers are carefully selected, screened and equipped.

Maternal Family Support

Mothers are the primary care givers of our target group. MHA plan is to assist in creating an environment where they can be empowered. We plan to do this through collaboration and partnership with other organizations to initiate, develop and manage special programs that allow individuals to maximize their potential for intellectual development as would enable them to become financially self sufficient and contribute to national development of their country.