RCS Connects

What is RCS Connects?

If we cannot be together physically we can still join one another and be connected through RCS Connects!  RCS Connects is a group service offered Monday-Friday beginning at 9 a.m. and going until 3:15 p.m. using a secure online platform called Webex.  It offers the flexibility for you to choose which days you would like to join each week, provided you don’t exceed the number of days agreed upon with your funder.  RCS Connects provides the flexibility for you to join whenever it works for you and for as long or as little as you would like each day. 

RCS Connects offers a variety of sessions including:

Wellness and You

Days: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 9 a.m – 10 a.m.

Let’s work on some strategies to help us cope with the changes taking place in our lives as well as steps we can take every day to be our best selves.  We are going to discuss topics such as sleep, healthy eating, socialization, physical exercise, self-care, and other activities, as well as participate in some fun exercise videos to get us moving.  We will do at home projects and activities.

Learnology

Days: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Let’s learn everything we can about anything we want!  Topic ideas are chosen by the group.  The possibilities are endless!  Birds, animals, outer space…any topics we choose!

Drawn Together

Days: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

We may be apart, but we can still be drawn together! Learn how to draw a variety of pictures with step-by-step instruction and demonstration. Play drawing games. Share our drawings with each other. Look at other artists’ and illustrators’ drawings for inspiration.

Positive Vibes Only

Days: Mondays and Fridays
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

We will focus on good deeds and how we can stay positive, create confidence, and develop optimism. There will be opportunities for creativity, movement, and heartwarming stories as well as things to just plain make you smile.

Dance

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Dancing is a great way to exercise our bodies and help us learn about different cultures.  We will learn the details of different types of dancing such as costumes/fashions, diets, music, special training, and more.

Music

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join together to learn about the wonderful world of music.  Together we will explore different types of instruments, our favorite types of music, and a variety of musicians.  We will listen to well-known music and instruments along with some fun unusual ones too!

Stress Management

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

When changes happen in our lives, stress is a common reaction. Learn a variety of techniques you can use to manage your stress and feel better throughout the day. Examples include practicing gratitude, breathing techniques, stretching and yoga.

US Cities in the Nifty 50 United States

Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Take an armchair visit through the Nifty 50 United States as we explore the cities and sights that make each of the state’s amazing!! This includes popular attractions as well as some off the beaten path exploring.

Creative Writing and Story Telling

Day: Wednesday
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

After learning the elements of a story and some of the different parts of speech, together we will create characters, a setting, and the plot of our very own story!  We will also work on brainstorming ideas and read along to learn more about the art of storytelling.

Explore the World

Day: Wednesday
Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Let’s travel the world together! We have the whole wide world available to us online and were going to travel as much of it as we can virtually!  Different countries…Different cultures… Mountains…Oceans…Anywhere we want!  Travel locations will be picked by group participants. 

Animals

Day: Wednesday
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Animals are fascinating creatures that may look and behave in very different ways than we do. Learn about different groups of animals as well as their habitats, diets, and behaviors. Use virtual zoo tours, live cameras, photographs, videos, and games to learn more about your favorite animals and discover animals you may not even know to exist. ​

Super Science

Day: Wednesday
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

We will explore different areas of science through “magic” experiments and art opportunities with science.

Focus Groups

Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Every day we will learn about something different.  The topics we cover include things like “how to…,” virtues (like kindness & gratitude), soft skills (such as being a team player & communication), being our best selves, and many others.  Through discussion and other fun ways of learning, you will gain more information about our topic and in the process find things that you can relate to as well as work on skills to be more confident, informed, and a better you at work, at home, and in our communities!

What are people saying about RCS Connects?

Looking forward to each new day!

Karen really looks forward to RCS Connects each day. After each session, she always likes to tell me what “we talked about.” She hasn’t missed many by choice (she missed some due to doctor appointments).

If she did not have this to look forward to each day, she would be very bored and probably do a lot of TV watching. She was doing puzzles and coloring before RCS Connects but she was getting tired of doing that.

She enjoys it when Connie pops in. She says “I got to see my case manager today.”

I think Karen feels better about the situation knowing that all the participants/her friends are at home and not able to go to RCS either. Only some of the staff.

I think this is a great thing that RCS put together for the participants. I mentioned it to some family/friends and most of them say “that’s awesome.”

Keep up the good work!
Cheri Ladd

RCS Connects provides structure

Jeff has always been a creature of habit. When RCS was forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic Jeff’s routine was totally changed.  His daily routine consisted of watching YouTube videos, watching TV, or playing video games.  The RCS Connects daily programming has given Jeff structure in his day and something to look forward to.  He enjoys the programs offered each day and seeing his friends from RCS puts a big smile on his face.

As parents, we are very impressed with the effort the staff puts into each program to make it educational, interesting, and enjoyable for every participant.

Nancy and Paul Wagner

Thinking “Outside the Box”

I just wanted to say how much we appreciate the efforts of the staff at RCS in developing these virtual classes using Cisco WebEx Meetings. Tyler looks forward to seeing his friends and classmates that he saw every day at RCS, now on his computer. He is more focused after participating in virtual classes and with the safer at home order being extended, RCS has Empowered him to get through this with their awesome will to think “outside the box”. He looks forward to class discussions and exercises as well as interactive activities. We appreciate all your efforts in getting this type of communication and classroom started for those individuals who attend RCS Empowers.

Cherrie Howard

Comfort during uncertain times

What RCS remote services means to Shelley:

This is a very scary and uncertain time and for Shelley to have the opportunity to engage with friends and staff, at RCS, is calming and comforting. As Shelley’s sister, it is wonderful to see the smile on her face when her friends join the remote service. Asking Shelley why the service is important to her…”I learn a lot every day and it is fun!!” I have always appreciated RCS programs and staff, but never more than I do right now.

Thank you,
Penny MacLaughlin

Continuing education and fun!

This program shows that the clients have not been forgotten and that the RCS Staff cares for each and every one of them.  

It’s wonderful that friends and staff can still interact with one another.  This is a marvelous opportunity for clients to continue their education, while still having some fun.  The daily routine also helps pass the time.

I sent the schedule to a friend of mine and here is what she had to say:
Thank You for sending this.  Wow!  What a wonderful schedule and a million KUDOS and GOLD STARS for RCS Connects. Each day offers a new learning experience from animals to art.  They are amazing.  Going to be a great fun week.  You will be busy gathering all that Adam needs for each day.  

As a parent, I’ve enjoyed watching Adam’s participation and hearing his laughter.  He’s always eager to start the day with his RCS Family!!!

Monica Zittel

See how RCS Connects can benefit you!

For more information:
Sarah Louisier
Day Services Program Manager
920-694-1219
slouisier@rcsempowers.com