Why does Ascendigo feel the need to house staff on-site?
First, we partner with several universities that have Therapeutic Recreation and Applied Behavior Analysis programs from which we recruit our summer staff. By working for Ascendigo, they obtain intern credits towards their academic programs. Because they are only here for the summer and housing is extremely challenging in the RF Valley, we must offer housing. Having staff live on-site, with amenities to keep them on-site such as dining, fitness, social interaction, and recreation, also reduces vehicle trips. Having more staff on-site also increases safety for everyone. Lastly, building personal rapport with our participants to build trust is one of our guiding principles. So greater connection, even through casual interactions, greatly enhances the quality of our support, and therefore our participants’ experiences.