The programs and services the Challenge Center provides are listed in the Programs section and reflect the individualized care provided to over 130 program participants by our 170 dedicated staff and 160 volunteers, and the continuum of service options available. Each of our 10 group homes has a distinct atmosphere and purpose. Creative work environments that include Bay Produce, Marathon Industries and the community were developed to provide meaningful employment. The Day Services programs also provide a continuum of care, from Sensory Stimulation through Life Skills to our Seniors programs. Community integration is a primary theme of our services and is central to our evening & weekend recreation program.
Challenge Center began about 40 years ago in response to Community Needs, when parents of children and adults with developmental disabilities asked Catholic Charities to develop day programs. More recent community needs have resulted in: The Sensory Stimulation Program for students graduating from Superior’s Po-Hi school program; the creation of McKenzie Manor and Mountainview group homes when St. Francis South and Colonial’s intermediate care programs closed; we continued Deer Haven group Home and the Leisure Time Activities program when Douglas County Arc closed; Independent Living Support, Personal Care Services and 24-hour Respite have all been developed to help maintain independence and to respond to our community’s needs.
The agency continues to rely on community support, and donations are gratefully accepted.