WHAT DOES iCAN HOUSE DO?
We educate, support, and enhance the lives of those with social challenges and their families.
WHO PARTICIPATES AT THE iCAN HOUSE?
iCan House participants range from age 8 through adult and experience some type of challenges and difficulties with social interactions. For some members, their challenges are the result of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome (sometimes referred to as high functioning autism), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Yet many participants have no diagnosis at all. Because we focus on behavior, and not a diagnosis, a diagnosis is not required for participation.
HOW DO WE HELP OUR CLIENTS?
We teach social and life skills using a unique, interactive, and engaging curriculum. We offer programs that use this positive approach to help members learn life and independence skills and develop a sense of belonging and purpose.
WHERE IS iCAN HOUSE?
iCan House is located in a casual, unique “home-like” setting on Fourth Street in West End of downtown Winston Salem. Our address is 862 West Fourth Street, WS, 27101.
Contact us with any questions about how to get here.
WHY DO WE DO THIS?
Participants often face bullying, isolation, debilitating fear and anxieties, and depression, and without our help these experiences worsen and problems grow. As adolescents transition to adulthood and attempt to live independently, this can lead to even bigger social challenges and dangers. As adults many are vulnerable and at risk of being victimized and violated. In addition, they could easily become dependent on federal and state assistance for their livelihood, and may even become homeless. Providing instruction on life and social skills early can prevent such negative outcomes.
HOW DO WE KNOW THAT WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE?
We are growing! iCan House opened September, 2008 with 14 children. In 2012 it now serves 124 children and adults from 13 counties in North Carolina and Virginia.
We are seeing positive progress! Several members now have regular jobs, are living independently in their own apartments, and are paying and managing their own bills. Many children are doing things they never would have found the courage to do; going on field trips, having lunch dates, going to the movies, trying something new.
We are seeing more and more “SPARK” moments! Spark moments are when a parent, a friend, or a volunteer witnesses a moment that shows a spark of awareness and application of the skills being taught. At this point you can truly see positive progress clearly evident. This is when we know we are really making a difference!!
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?
We meet people where they are socially, and strive for positive progress from there. We don’t require a diagnosis and we don’t judge. We welcome and support the families of our clients. We understand the frustration of not knowing where to turn for help. We listen, and then we respond with how to help.
We focus on what our clients “CAN” do based on their individual abilities and strengths! We believe a positive approach to changing behavior is critical. We want each person to experience and feel successful, so we consciously position participants for success in social settings. Once they know they can be successful and accepted, they want more which builds self esteem and confidence. Thus grows the motivation to keep learning and to experience social connections with others.
iCan House is one of a kind. The concept is original and local, conceived here in Winston-Salem. Thus, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the state, and probably not in the country. Because we stay tuned into the needs of our clients and their families, we continue to respond with innovative programs to address growing needs.
HOW “CAN” I HELP THE iCAN HOUSE?
Tell others about the positive progress we are making in the community!
We welcome you and your group or club to visit iCan House and see first-hand what we are doing.
Schedule one of our staff or board members to speak at your civic club or event.
We enjoy telling others about our positive progress! Please contact us to arrange a representative to speak at your event.
Volunteer to help.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist in different ways; from event planning to working with members to on-site maintenance, and more.
Provide new or gently used games, books, and other things on our “wish list.”
We teach participants how to “play” in a way that is socially acceptable. We are always on the lookout for new ways to do this. And we invite you to help. Because we strive to keep games and books appropriate for our programs, please call in advance for assistance and suggestion.
Make a gift to iCan House to help us continue the work that we do.
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The iCan House budget includes 50% from program revenue, and 50% from donations and grants. We receive no federal, state, local or United Way funding. We have received grants from The Women’s Fund of Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem Foundation.