"The Rainbow Outreach & Drop-In Center instills the belief that, despite their disabilities, there is nothing these individuals can't do. For many, this is a new concept. Through patience and encouragement, they learn many activities that promote their self-confidence and independence."
Who We Serve
Developmentally disabled individuals from minority and low-income families who can benefit from weekly companionship with people similarly situated. Saturday morning programs benefit both those individuals and their family members.
Why There Is a Need
Other programs for developmentally disabled adults do exist in Westchester County, but they do not target the needs of minority and low-income families.
The GCCC program provides social interaction and recreation for developmentally disabled adults from these underserved populations as well as relief, hope and support for their families.
There are two key elements to the Rainbow program.
The Rainbow Drop-In Center provides a safe and therapeutic social environment for 20-30 developmentally disabled adults. The entire group meets every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Grace Church Parish House. Activities include:
arts and crafts
trips to the Galleria Mall to learn pricing and discounting
visits to area parks
social and cultural outings
performing in holiday and end-of-year shows
Through this program, participants gain self-esteem and a sense of purpose and belonging while acquiring valuable social skills.
At 5:00 p.m. dinner is provided. Participants assist and learn responsibility in table setting, meal preparation, service and cleanup.
Rainbow Outreach was started in 1994, as an adjunct to the Drop-In Center. The New York Sate funded program is a minority-based program for developmentally disabled individuals and their families and acts primarily as a referral service. In its outreach capacity, this program works to determine the needs of people who simply do not know where to go for help and refers them to other agencies for further support. The Rainbow Outreach also provides recreation and educational field trips for participants.
Grace Church Parish Hall- First Floor
33 Church Street, White Plains, NY
Rainbow Drop-In Center: Wednesdays from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rainbow Outreach: Saturday mornings
How You Can Help
Rainbow programs rely on private donations to pay for field trips, food and other costs.
Contact the Director
Director: Ada Raiford
Phone: (914) 948-5044
To volunteer or make an in-kind donation please contact:
Phone: (914) 949-3098 x 9735