Normandy Park is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Seattle area, conveniently south of downtown, close to SeaTac airport and blessed with many scenic properties overlooking Puget Sound, a large body of water just a couple minute drive from Hanbleceya . Services like QFC grocery store and Normandy Park Athletic Club are close by and easily accessible to all Hanbleceya clients. Highline Community College in Des Moines is a quick bus ride away, just 3.5 miles from the center and a great option for those interested in pursuing continued education. Or if one just wants to enjoy a scenic lunch, Anthony's at the Des Moines Marina is a good choice.
The First Avenue South corridor provides Hanbleceya clients regular bus service to a slew of commercial and retail services in the area in addition to providing a viable option for clients to access the many enjoyable sites of Seattle. The Seattle Space Needle and Music Center as well as the famous Seattle Farmers Market is a favorite visiting spot for our weekly outings. For those looking for a more educational experience, the Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington is a good alternate. A short 15 minutes from the Hanbleceya offices, one can take a serene ferry ride to Vashon Island. Just up the road in West Seattle one can experience the eclectic feel of a small city with lots of restaurants, shopping, and incredible views.
Helping our clients acquire the skills they need to become as independent as possible is Hanbleceya’s primary goal. Our Work Development program plays a significant role as we believe employment, whether voluntary or paid, is vital in building self- esteem and confidence, and in turn, helping our clients reach their goals. Each week, in a 50-minute staff facilitated group, our clients get the opportunity to practice basic interviewing skills, hear about potential volunteer and paid job opportunities as well as share their earned work development hours and experiences. One of our regular volunteer activities is helping the Normandy Park community keep its park properties clean and lush with foliage. A requirement of ten hours of work development a week is part of each client’s structure and can be earned a variety of ways.
Our semi-independent housing offers comfortable and safe living quarters for your loved one. Each client is assigned a fully furnished private bedroom with new linens, towels and a private house phone. Common areas are nicely furnished and monitored daily to make sure they are well kept. We encourage each client to decorate and add any additional touches they may desire, to make their personal living space healthy, warm and comforting. Televisions and computers are allowed as long as they are used appropriately and in accordance with the individual’s personal treatment plan as approved by the Clinical Treatment Team.
With over 6,000 acres of parkland and endless opportunities for hiking, biking, sailing, and kayaking, Seattle is one of the greatest areas in the world for outdoor activities and exploration. Hanbleceya Seattle’s embrace of these outdoor opportunities provides yet another way to support each individual on their path of recovery and healing using nature-based therapies. In addition to outdoor activities, each client will participate for a minimum of 30 minutes, twice a week in a physical fitness activity at our neighboring Athletic Club. Physical Wellness Coordinator, Zac Schultz, is in charge of supporting each client in fulfilling this requirement.
Every other month Hanbleceya invites our families to attend a Family Support Group held at the Cedarbrook Lodge near SeaTac airport and the Hanbleceya offices. The purpose of this group meeting is to help our families be more informed about the significant role they play in their loved-one's recovery, to provide an additional level of therapeutic assistance in dealing with their loved-one's illness, and to help create an even stronger support base from which to access. A beautiful resort located 10 minutes from Hanbleceya, Cedarbrook Lodge is the perfect setting for this meaningful event. Families are encouraged to check in Friday then attend the all community outing on the Friday prior.