Q: Who is eligible for participation in The Coventry Reserve’s program?
A: We welcome adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities who no longer qualify for public school programs. Most would not be or have not been successful transitioning into the regular job market.
Q: Do you have any set limitations for age?
A: Adults are defined as 18 years of age and up. We currently have a variety of ages with the average age being 28.
Q: Do you accept all special needs?
A: We do not have appropriate staffing or adequate space to serve those with severe or fragile medical, emotional or behavior issues. We offer various levels of support for all of our participants, however, in order to benefit they should be capable of functioning and participating in the program. They must also be able to care for their own toileting needs with minimum assistance.
Q: What is your Staff/Volunteer to participant ratio?
A: Coventry has a small, caring community of trained volunteers and staff that feels like family. We strive to keep a 1:3 ratio in order to provide beneficial personal interaction and guidance.
Q: Does your program run year round?
A: We offer two 5 month sessions per year: Mid-January through early June and mid-July through early December. We are currently open 4 days (Mon – Thurs) Refer to our Calendar page for the specific dates.
Q: How much does it cost to attend The Coventry Reserve’s program?
A: While all participants pay tuition, the full cost of the program is subsidized through a variety of ways such as individual and community donations, tuition and pottery sales. Click here for current Tuition Fees. Note tuition is based on annual enrollment, we do not offer “drop in” rates.
Q: Do you accept any form of waiver or government funding?
A: Coventry has chosen to remain private pay. Not accepting government funding allows us to maintain control of the structure and content of the program and to keep Christ at the center of our foundation.
Q: Do you allow visitors?
A: Visitors are always welcome, but are encouraged to call ahead and arrange a time to come. Tours are typically scheduled Tuesday at 9:30.
Q: Why did you choose pottery?
A: Pottery is a great medium that easily lends opportunities for our participants to blossom creatively, incorporates sequencing, tactile integration, and pride of accomplishment. In addition to pottery, we offer supplemental art and therapeutic horticulture programs.
Q: Can I buy your pottery on-line?
A: Our pottery is only available at our on-site Gift Shop at this time due to limited inventory and shipping challenges. The pottery is made by the participants during their Creative Skills class time and we also feel that having shoppers experience Coventry’s program and observe the pottery being created adds to the uniqueness and value of each piece. As we say at Coventry, "Give a gift with a story behind it"
Q: Is your pottery food safe?
A: Our pottery is intended for decorative purposes only.
Q: When can I shop?
A: Our Gift Shop is open during regular sessions on Monday-Thursdays 9:00 – 3:00 and at our annual Christmas Open House the 1st weekend in December and our Spring Shopping event the 2nd weekend in May each year. See Buy Our Pottery.
Q: If I want to volunteer, should I have past experience with special needs or pottery?
A: Not necessary but helpful. We appreciate and are ready to accept volunteers that have a willing heart to learn. We offer a full day of training at the beginning of each session and instruction continues as needed to prepare anyone who wishes to join us a volunteer. All must meet initial volunteer qualifications. Click on Get Involved for more details.
Q: Is there an age limit for volunteers?
A: Program volunteers are required to be 18 or older as they are working with adults. For general volunteering opportunities we offer group work days that are focused on facility upkeep, general cleaning, decoration for Christmas and assisting with our family fun days.
Q: Do you have any weekend options for volunteering?
A: We have several opportunities for group volunteering projects where we invite our community to assist with facility upkeep, general cleaning, decorating for Christmas and assisting with our family fun days. Click on Get Involved for more details.