Life Skills Program

Walking with the Life Skills Program

BEi's Life Skills program addresses the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities who want to strengthen their independence in a community environment.

Small groups program participants learn to:

  • Socialization skills
  • Citizenship
  • Cooking
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Laundering
  • Budgeting money
  • Exercise

These skills are transferred into “everyday life” in the community by grocery shopping, banking, going to the post office, and walks in the neighborhood.


The Life Skills program runs Monday through Friday with occasional overnight or weekend activities.  Scheduling is determined by the individual's needs and availability in the program.

Individuals may contact their Supports Coordinator about eligibility to receive funding from the Forest-Warren Counties Department of Human Services for the BEi Life Skills program. For more information about Life Skills and Team BE, please contact Kim Nowell at (814) 723-8431, Ext. 19.

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What those who benefit from the Life Skills program have said:

"Heidi’s participation in BEi’s Life Skills program has reinforced the necessary homemaking, personal health, money management and other important skills necessary for eventual independent living." - Fred

“I like cooking and cleaning at the Life Skills classes. ...I don’t have a favorite thing to do there; I like doing everything!  I like making BBQ chicken, sloppy joes and hamburgers.  I like doing the dishes, vacuuming, dusting and mopping the floor!” - Justin