During their time at Transitions, Apprentices will learn life and executive functioning skills by cooking, cleaning, organizing and living independently in their own apartments. Each night, Apprentices will have the opportunity to practice and expand upon these skills by participating in both individual and team projects. They will learn to take control of their finances and budget; cook well-balanced and delicious meals; use public transportation to get to and from evening activities; take care of both themselves and their living space; learn about and participate in local clubs and other extracurricular activities in their community; and plan and host social activities. Transitions staff will provide guidance while simultaneously encouraging Apprentices to incorporate their newly learned skills into their day-to-day responsibilities.
Apprentices and Summer Immersion Experience participants live in apartments with one to four roommates in the towns of Gloversville and Johnstown.
Apartments are selected based on each person’s unique needs. An Apprentice with more complex support needs may live in an apartment close to 24/7 staff while another may live independently with a housemate, with staff visiting daily.
Basic furnishings and amenities such as Internet, cable TV and on-site laundry facilities are provided. In addition to public transit, Transitions provides a regular shuttle service between the program building, the college and local towns.
Personal safety and security is a basic element of the residential supports provided by Transitions. The safety of every Apprentice is of utmost importance, and each is provided with access to counseling, medical and staff supports via a comprehensive network of on-call professionals that are available 24 hours a day. All apartments are equipped with fire and personal safety equipment such as fire and smoke alarms, detailed evacuation plans, and emergency procedures and contact instructions.
The average staff to Apprentice ratio is 1:2. Transitions staff are available 24 hours a day to provide guidance and support as needed. From 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., Transitions staff assist with reminders for medication, self-care and other daily living activities. They also work with each Apprentice to plan and access transportation, appointments, community activities, shopping and financial resources. During the overnight hours of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., Transitions staff are also always available, either on-site for those apartments with 24/7 staffing or on-call for those living more independently.
Summer Immersion Experience participants will sometimes eat breakfast at an FMCC dining hall. They will eat lunch at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts café and those participants in the residential program will either prepare their own dinners or eat at the Paul Nigra Center café again.
Apprentices will be responsible for buying and preparing their own meals.