3rd Thursday Social Club is Back!

by pathforward June 15, 2021
11:37 AM

By Cheryl Steenerson, PFK Bluegrass Region Coordinator

As 2019 rolled in, I began to realize just how few opportunities existed for our adult consumers to socialize and make new friends, after they left school. That’s when the 3rd Thursday Social Club was born.

Though PFK started it, we only organize and execute it, because we wanted to open it up to all adult IDD folks in the Bluegrass area. Any adult on the Waiver can attend, along with their staff.

Though 2020 got hijacked from us, 2019 saw lots of fun activities and attendees. On the 3rd Thursday of each month we would gather for a meal and a fun afternoon activity like visiting the Bluegrass Airport Museum, touring Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory, The Movie Tavern, 3D printing, pizza and bowling, crafting and painting. Each event is kept low cost and each participant pays their own way, if there is a fee.

Now that 2021 has arrived, we already have one done! On Thursday, May 20th, the group met at the Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort for an outdoor picnic and tour of the grounds.

It was a perfect day with plenty of sunshine and even a light breeze! Participants brought their own lunch and then followed the map to see numerous astounding works, complete with information signs explaining the work and the artist. Everyone had a blast!

Several of the pieces were interactive and invited the participants to touch, climb and even sing within them. The park is a nonprofit that runs on donations. A golf cart is available for use for those with mobility issues. They also have classes and events, both day and night, to introduce visitors to a variety of art and even understanding the night sky!

Many events for 2021 are in the works including Shaker Village (Harrodsburg), The Living Arts & Science Center (Lexington), lake fishing (Richmond) and the River Cruise (Frankfort). Suggestions for events are encouraged from the participants. 

It’s a whole new world, and we’re getting through it!

by pathforward May 1, 2020
14:20 PM

Working virtually really is a whole new world for many, especially for our consumers. Just like in many households these days, the whole family is logging on to the internet, whether it be for work, school or fun. Cell phones, tablets and computers are all getting worked overtime. Internet providers are doing their best to keep up and many folks have learned what a data cap means, the hard way. Still, as a provider of numerous Waiver services, PFK folks have always persevered all challenges to maintain quality of life services for those in our care.

 Our consumers mean the world to us and helping them cope with so many changes to daily lives is no small feat. Many thrive on a daily routine. Change is not easily accepted, let alone understood. Some are non-communicative, some are deaf and some are visually impaired. Whether it’s an intellectual or developmental disability, the privilege of teaching these consumers is in our hands.

 Our talented Direct Support Providers (DSPs) have really stepped up their game, in order to help our consumers. Not only are they making sure the consumer remains safe and healthy at home, they are adapting their teaching styles so that learning can still take place. Methods of communication that allows for face to face viewing helps tremendously.

 Sometimes just seeing their DSP on screen helps reduce anxiety. Some DSPs have even stood outside home windows looking in, while they chatted on the phone to the consumer. DSPs have loaned web cameras to consumers so they can see teachers, therapists and case managers. Some have made home cooked meals and delivered to their families needing help.

Those things aren’t listed in any Plan of Care or job description. Neither is delivering hand sanitizer, masks and toilet paper. Those within our Adult Foster Care program (FHPs) even got Easter Baskets delivered!

Our DSPs take the business of changing lives to heart and their compassion is only outweighed by their creativity. We’ve got consumers making beautiful Origami art and mobiles. Some are learning to cook and bake or dance, and even more are discovering board games and puzzles, all of it virtually!


Drive along scavenger hunts have been popular, along with sidewalk messages and learning to identify bird songs, to say nothing of the virtual tours of zoos, aquariums and museums.  Art has always played a big role in our service and helps to teach a wide range of skills, along with creating something beautiful.

Making life a little more beautiful, now that’s a positive difference! During this Covid 19 time, our DSPs will continue to progress those goals, no matter the challenges before them and we only have one word for that, GRATEFUL!

Path Forward of Kentucky = Rock Solid Teamwork!