Community Support Services, Inc.

Community Support Services, Inc. is committed to the provision of quality community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We provide innovative services to support an individual with their needs in school, work, home and the community. We strive to serve individuals in the environments in which they desire to live, work, recreate, and learn. Our services are flexible and designed in accordance with each individual's self-directed life goals.
Jan 27, 2015

What's for lunch?

What’s new at CSS?

The LunchBox!

As part of our teaching healthy living skills, we are now offering healthy alternatives for lunchtime purchases. Every weekday, individuals spend the morning preparing foods, learning about why food choices are healthy. They are also building upon their cooking skills and mastering new techniques.

The meals are prepackaged and menus will vary daily and will be a combination of soup, salad and sandwiches. Even the honey mustard is made from scratch and it’s even more fun to learn how to make homemade tomato soup than it is to eat it!

The LunchBox opened for business on Monday, January 26th and everyone is excited to see this new endeavor take off!

Stay tuned for more information as we see this new project develop. 

Oct 27, 2014

Salad Class has been expanding!

Thanks to support from donors like you, we’ve been able to expand our Salad Class since we first wrote about it in January. With new classes we’ve been able to reach out to more individuals and have seen some remarkable changes in eating habits both in and out of the classrooms! Yesterday, for the first time, one participant happily made himself a salad AND ate it! Six months ago he wouldn’t even stay in the kitchen for the duration of the class and now we're not only participating, but enjoying it too!

In addition to the number of classes, we’ve been able to add even more salad choices and have created some one on one classes for those that need it the individualized attention. We’ve been able to buy more specialized tools for those that have difficulty with the dexterity needed to chop their own vegetables. And most importantly, we’ve been able to give everyone the time and encouragement they need.

We will continue our program and reach out as we can afford to do so. Donations make this initiative possible. Thank you so much for helping us change lifestyles one carrot at a time! 

Jul 25, 2014

Vegetables as sweet treats!

grating the zucchini
grating the zucchini

This time of year gardens tend to produce an overabundance of one vegetable or another, and in this region we start to see more zucchini than most people usually know what to do with. But in our creative kitchen Chef Adam knows that zucchini is simply a great opportunity to introduce more healthy foods into our diet!

Narrow eating habits are reported in over seventy percent of those on the autism spectrum. And while it’s okay to simply not like some foods (most of us have foods we don’t like!) we do want to encourage healthy eating choices. Which brings us to this week’s recipe – Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes!

 It may sound strange at first, but adding zucchini to our sweet baked goods keeps them delectably moist. By adding vegetables in friendly vehicles like chocolate cupcakes, we build familiarity and positive associations. Individuals start to think of zucchini as something fun and not something scary!

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar or low calorie sweetener
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup olive oil or apple puree
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease & flour a muffin tin
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Break up any lumps and mix until evenly combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl combine the oil, water, zucchini and vanilla. Add this to the dry ingredients, stirring until no traces of flour remain.
  4. Pour into prepared muffin pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. This recipe makes about 24 muffins.
Mixing the batter
Mixing the batter
Ready for the oven!
Ready for the oven!

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