CRi (Choice. Respect. independence.)
Activity: In person - outdoors
COVID Restrictions: Masks not necessary if all volunteers are in the same pod! Otherwise, please wear a mask and observe social distancing.
Duration: 15 minutes - 1 hour. Flexible!
Age: Any and all!
Skills: Waving and smiling
CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formerly known as Community Residences, Inc.), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they need to live their lives with purpose, actively engaged in communities of their choosing. CRi’s mission fully supports a person’s ability to exercise control of their life’s choices, and to live in and contribute to communities of their choosing, as young adults through aging in place. We believe in serving individuals within the communities in which they live & supporting the individual’s choices and independence.
With COVID changing the way we all interact with the world, we’ve had to adjust our routines, implement coping mechanisms, and find new strategies to connect with our loved ones. We have turned to Zoom and the internet to retain connections. However, these are not options for some CRi residents who don’t engage with screens. Some residents haven’t seen their loved ones in a year and have had to relearn who they are. Some have lost their guardians and no longer have anyone to visit them. For some, making a friend who will visit them regularly and show an investment in their lives is the goal.
While COVID still restricts interaction, a 15-30 minute visit from a friendly face could make all the difference. We call it a "Window Wave", where volunteers can visit residents in person and offer a warm smile through a window - an in-person Zoom. Volunteers can draw signs to communicate with residents, play games like tic tac toe on the glass with washable markers, read a picture book, put on a stick figure play, make funny faces, host a dance party, or anything that comes to mind!
CRi has group homes throughout Northern Virginia that would love some love.
Don’t know how to get started? Don’t worry! We will work with you to find a home near you and let you know about the interests and personalities of the residents and help brainstorm ideas.
About CRi (Choice. Respect. independence.)
14160 Newbrook Dr, 1st Floor, Chantilly, VA 20151, US
CRi is dedicated to providing personalized resources to youth and adults with mental health needs and developmental disabilities.
CRi, Choice. Respect. independence. (formally Community Residences), is a community-based organization with a focused effort on providing people with developmental disabilities and/or mental health needs the resources, supports and services they need to live their lives with purpose, actively engaged in communities of their choosing. We believe in serving individuals within the communities in which they live & supporting the individual's choices and independence.
CRi - Choice. Respect. independence. offers individuals with disabilities supportive housing and the physical, mental and emotional services needed to facilitate independent and dignified living within the community.
We are one of the largest providers of supports to individuals with disabilities in Virginia, with services in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties and in the Richmond area. In Maryland, CRi serves individuals in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties and in Baltimore City.
CRi provides medical, therapeutic, educational, vocational, residential and integrative recreational services to the formation of vital relational communities through which each individual may experience greater independence, dignity, fulfillment and happiness.