Those individuals housed in the dormitory units are consumers referred by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation who need residential services to participate in training.
Residential Housing Goal and Definition
Individuals using the dormitory are referred by a vocational rehabilitation counselor and require residential services to participate in training.
The goal of our residential program is to provide dormitory rooms for up to 16 consumers during their participation in programs at the McDowell Center. Staying on-site may provide better access to the training offered by the instructional unit, as well as enhance independent living skills and peer mentoring opportunities.
Residential Program Features
The McDowell Center dormitory rooms are arranged to provide a feeling of privacy and comfort. Each room includes one full size bed, one dresser, a desk, a night stand, a small refirgerator, a safe, two closets, and a private bathroom. Bed linens and towels are provided, or consumers are welcome to bring their own.
Dormitory staff are present 24 hours a day, seven days a week while consumers are staying at the McDowell Center. The facilty has state-of-the-art fire/smoke alarm and security systems.
The McDowell Center has computers with internet access and JAWS/Zoom Text software that consumers can use in the evening. Wireless internet is also available. Consumers can bring their own electronic devices and must follow policy for using state provided wireless access.
The dormitory also features an exercise room with elliptical machine, treadmill, weights and other equipment; a cafeteria and vending area, a common sitting and recreation area; covered garden patio area with seating.
Nutritious meals are provided each day at no cost, and consumers with special dietary needs can be accommodated. Vending machines are located in the cafeteria for drinks and snacks at consumer cost.
The McDowell Center training program emphasizes building skills that promote full inclusionin community life. A recreation therapist on staff develops a monthly calendar of activities that take advantage of cultural activities in Louisville, such as concerts, theater, museums, and festivals. At the Center, cable television service is provided in the recreational area on a large flat screen TV. Various games and crafts are also available, and consumers are also encouraged to explore the community independently.