Community Programs and Employment Services

A Transitional Environment Toward Greater Community and Independence

We invite clients to step into the broader social environment of our Community Programs. Both clients and staff work together to determine the offerings, and clients may co-facilitate groups. A monthly activity schedule is distributed via email.

Please contact our Admissions Department for any further questions.

“There were certain people on my team always who were purely peers… we would go to restaurants and go on hikes. That was one of the big, formative things with me for maturing… I think that is very important to note that it is not just about blatantly therapeutic stuff.. it’s also fun stuff because that is relational therapy.”

– Windhorse Client

Community Programs

Windhorse Community Programs provide a variety of educational, physical and recreational options to engage the various interests of our clients. Offerings change seasonally and can include: 

  • Flexible socialization with other clients and staff
  • Expressive arts
  • Tuesday dinner club
  • Social recreation
  • Outings group
  • Sports groups
  • Community gardening
  • Donation drives
  • Picnics
  • Bi-annual “coffee houses” where clients and staff gather together to share songs, skits and other talents.

Employment Services

Work is one of the most powerful elements in furthering a person’s recovery path. We provide a continuum of services that prepare, place, and support our clients in finding work that’s a good fit. Support can include pre-vocational evaluation and training, volunteer placement, access to the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation services, employment services, and person-specific job placement with community partners.  In addition, we have strong ties to Mindful Works, a local social enterprise that WCS clients helped start, and many have gone through their apprenticeships on their way to the competitive job market.

Peer Support Program

The Peer Support Program at WCS provides services by apprentices and paid staff who have lived experience and are receiving or have received mental health services at Windhorse or in Boulder County. They offer social and emotional support, companionship, empathy, shared knowledge and information. Peer Support Specialists provide mentorship for those on their recovery journey and offer a mutual source of hope and inspiration. Our Peer Support Specialists have gone through specialized training and are certified in the state of Colorado.
Peer Support Specialists also help facilitate activities and classes, support social pods, provide basic attendance on teams, provide job training and coaching, participate in group and individual supervision, and attend educational offerings.

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