Estevan Diversified Services has been helping people with intellectual disabilities for decades

Estevan Diversified Services (EDS) has been a valued part of the community for generations, creating opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and support for families.

“We have a big impact on the community,” said EDS CEO Trisha Salmers. “We try to use everything the community has to offer and really try to go out and participate in all the activities.”

EDS, which has offered programs since 1971, has a fleet of programs it offers to people with developmental disabilities, ranging from professional services to residential services. Through their day program, located at the intersection of Sixth Street and 13th Avenue, they have an activity center, lifelong learning resource center and cooking program, which allows them to provide information on the essentials of the kitchen.

And they have well-known programs in the community, like a woodworking and paper recycling workshop.

“Our goal within all of these programs is to offer a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of people and to meet people where they are,” said Salmers.

Another high profile aspect of EDS is the SARCAN recycling depot, which is well used by the community.

EDS has around 50 participants at all times. Not all will have access to all programs; some will only have access to professional services, but the majority will use both professional and residential services. The agency has five group homes and an independent living initiative.

Program coordinator Roberta DeRosier said one of their goals is community integration, and many, especially the elderly, have never had the opportunity to integrate into the community.

“We try to take advantage of all the community events that are going on. It’s their community just like it’s my community, so they should be a part of it, ”said DeRosier.

Families have very positive feedback as EDS tries to integrate family members with a team approach, coming up with unique ideas and different ways to address concerns.

Salmers added that they largely receive a positive response for the programs they offer. EDS continually tries to adapt its programs to find new ways to meet the needs of individuals.

DeRosier said she is always amazed when she approaches people in the community and finds out that they know the participants, as participants will visit the public when they are in the community.

EDS has partnered up with places like the Estevan Art Gallery and Museum and the Envision Advisory and Support Center, which has benefited both sides, and many attendees are big fans of The Bruins. Estevan.

“A lot of our guys are doing things like folding programs for the Bruins,” DeRosier said. “It’s definitely mutual. We try to do things for the community and the community does things for our guys. “

Participants also took trips to the Orpheum Theater to watch films.

Everyone that EDS works with is different, and they try to find ways to help them.

“Everyone is unique with unique needs, unique likes and dislikes,” said DeRosier.

DeRosier noted that EDS has its roots in the Outram region, when the Day One program was launched. The participants were transported to the community west of Estevan. EDS then started working with the Estevan Kinsmen Club to establish the first Work-Kin store, and it grew from there.

EDS was incorporated in 1990.

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