There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than attending the Holiday Program presented by BCR "a place to grow."
BCR provides program services for children and adults with developmental disabilities that enable them to achieve their individual potentials and become increasingly self-reliant, well-integrated and contributing members of their families and communities, according to its mission statement.
The program, celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, is a success. Oftentimes I recognize BCR clients out in the community waiting for the bus, shopping at Ralphs and working at fast-food chains. Several of the young women in the program are now members of the Aktion Club, a branch of the Kiwanis Club for adults with disabilities. They plan and implement successful fundraisers and go to conventions and bring home awards.
Clearly their success is because of the BCR program. And the Holiday Program is a major component to helping clients build self-confidence. There is no fear of getting up in front of more than 50 people and singing or dancing along with pre-recorded music. The performance has been held for several years in mid-November at St. Francis Xavier Holy Cross Hall.