Rooted in the philosophy that each of our lives are shaped by the experiences we encounter, Serra Center provides numerous opportunities for the individuals we serve to enjoy and experience the world safely and comfortably.
All excursions are staffed with the ratio of one chaperon for every 3 travelers (with special arrangements for individuals who require 1:1 care). We base this on the needs of the individuals traveling, while considering mobility, capabilities, age and social skills.
Whether it’s a local festival, a Mexico Cruise, or a jaunt to the Hawaiian Islands, these adventures broaden the horizons of each individual through learning, socializing, playing and gaining independence and self confidence, while educating the rest of the world that people with developmental disabilities aren’t so different.
“I went to Memphis, Tennessee; I saw where Elvis lived and lots of other places that I’ve never been before. That is the trip that stands out most for me because it was a big and exciting trip.”
~Michelle, Serra Center Client
“I have had the pleasure of chaperoning individuals on trips that were considered their life’s dream.
One individual cried and stated, “I can’t believe I’m here, this is a dream come true.” It was a moment I will never forget.”
~Lakhena, Staff Chaperon
“As we prepared to tour the Louvre, I wondered how the great works contained here would impact the individuals in my care? Robert wouldn’t rest until he found a specific piece – ‘Where is she? I need to find her?’ he repeated as he pointed to a picture on the brochure.
When we finally reached the Egyptian Gallery, there stood a beautiful ancient Egyptian gold vase. Robert stood staring into the case mesmerized – ‘There she is…’ and that is all that was said as we stood together appreciating the beauty of this piece. My question was answered.”
~Lisa, Staff Chaperon