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Community-based Instruction Spotlight: Church of the Ascension

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Community-based Instruction Spotlight: Church of the Ascension

Church of the Ascension has stood on the corner of Ellsworth Ave. and Neville St. in the Oakland neighborhood since 1889. Ascension offers programming for all ages – from infants to seniors. Ascension also offers programming for other groups including college students, English language learners, as well as immigrants and refugees who require assistance settling in the United States. Additionally, Ascension provides programs specifically for individuals with disabilities.


Students at The Day School at The Children’s Institute have been volunteering at Ascension for approximately four years. The students’ skills have been utilized in a variety of tasks at the church such as sorting bulletins, picking up litter on the church grounds, and cleaning various areas of the church.

Ascension has embraced and accepted The Day School students with open arms. Students have been given the chance to complete a variety of tasks with as much independence as possible.

Ascension has also welcomed outside agencies, such as post-secondary programs, to observe students while they are performing work. These observations help staff members from the post-secondary programs to see our students demonstrating their vocational skills and determine if students would be a good fit for their programs.

Through this volunteer opportunity, Ascension has helped The Day School students grow in confidence and prepare for the future. This is especially valuable as students take the next step into post-secondary programs after graduation.

The Day School’s Community-Based Instruction program provides real-world learning experiences that help students meet their goals after graduation. Our students learn to build independence in a variety of workplace and volunteer settings that help to extend their classroom learning. To learn more, please contact [email protected] or 412-420-2222.

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