New Vitae Wellness and Recovery residents are enjoying a variety of fun summer activities that engage creativity and imagination while providing opportunities for exercise! In addition to attending the Ironpigs game and enjoying our trip to Cape May, each site sponsored lots of chances for residents and staff to have “fun in the sun.”
• Quakertown House residents enjoyed several craft projects, making their own decorated mugs and flower pots. First, participants placed drops of different colors into a large water bath in order to dip and create their own uniquely patterned mugs. Quakertown House staff also assisted residents with painting flower pots, returning the finished art with a planted Iris flower and an inspirational saying for participants. Residents were also spotted enjoying time in the community, stopping by a library book sale to purchase a variety of new stories and visiting the Allentown Art Museum to compare the works of art on display. Visits to the community pool and the local YMCA were also great ways to stay healthy in the summer months.
• The Quakertown Recovery Center has been hosting a weekly Art Social group. Various activities are offered, including watercolor projects. A Young Adult art session is also scheduled monthly, with a special tie-dye project in the works. During routine art groups in the partial program, participants are making sun catchers that, when lifted to the window, spread colorful cheer with the sun’s rays. Upcoming activities include finger painting projects focused on underwater and coral reef themes.
• At Mount Trexler Manor, residents were assisted with making and decorating Masquerade masks. Each one was customized, with residents adding bold and beautiful colors. Throughout the week, Mount Trexler Manor offered a variety of different activities, including making smoothies, purchasing and sharing water ice, and enjoying nature walks at local parks. They also participated in no-cost community events. One favorite was regular trips to the local Promenade Shops to play lawn games and listen to different local musical artists’ performances. After setting up lawn chairs, residents enjoyed listening to a number of different songs, playing games, and enjoying the warm weather. A fun ice cream social with a performance by the New Vitae Movement team rounded out the fun. Residents at Mount Trexler are also working hard to plan and prepare an outdoor Hawaiian luau.
• Throughout our Philadelphia communities, a variety of craft projects, including a tie-dye event, were scheduled for the summer. Residents are also visiting varied local parks, including Penn’s Landing and Spruce Harbor Park to enjoy nature and the warm sunshine. When the days get especially warm, residents are happy to visit one of the local community pools to cool off! Board game tournaments have also started, with friendly competition and fun at each event.
What have you been doing this summer to stay active and develop your creativity? All of us at New Vitae hope that you’re having a wonderful summer! To learn more about our residential treatment services, contact New Vitae Wellness and Recovery today.