Social Wellness and Expressive Arts (SWEA)

JESPY House clients benefit from a bounty of well-rounded recreational programs with an emphasis on community inclusion, each designed to develop their sportsmanship, creativity and social skills in our Social Wellness and Expressive Arts Program (SWEA).

Trips – Daily, Weekend, Weekly and More

Three to four different community trips are planned each week in including destinations such as:

  • Museums
  • Amusement Parks
  • Zoos and Aquariums
  • Festivals
  • Malls
  • Theatrical Events

On-Site Group Activities

JESPY’s monthly recreation calendar is filled with group activities that allow clients to work on targeted skill development in a fun and engaging way.  The following list is just a sampling of these activities.

  • Kitchen Basics
  • Gardening
  • Computer Skills
  • Client Council
  • Theater Group
  • Journalism Group
  • Exercise Group
  • Social Action Group
  • Walking Group

Expressive Arts

SWEA provides clients the opportunity to explore alternative ways to communicate their thoughts and emotions and to discover hidden talents; learn new skills; and foster confidence. Creativity Groups include:

  • Photography
  • Music Composition
  • JESPY’s J-Street Band
  • Poetry/Creative Writing
  • Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Knitting
  • Zentangle*
  • Zumba

*Zentangle is an easy-to-learn way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is enjoyed by people of all skills, interests and ages around the world.

At JESPY-sponsored and community-sponsored art shows and performances, clients display their work and talents, celebrating their artistic abilities. Click JESPY Shop where you can view and purchase creative arts designs of JESPY clients.


The JESPY Café is located in Judi House, a multi-purpose building that houses many of JESPY’s recreational, cultural arts and wellness activities. Open daily from 3:30pm to 9:00pm, the Café is a meeting spot where clients socialize, play games, listen to music or watch television. Special events include:

  • Barbecues
  • Monthly Birthday Club
  • Monthly Cooking Club
  • NFL Night
  • Painting Night
  • Puzzle Night

Holiday Celebrations


  • Holiday Party
  • Festive Party
  • Chanukah Party
  • Valentine’s Day Dance


  • Model Seder
  • Easter Dinner
  • Spring Fling
  • Memorial Day Barbecue


  • Fourth of July Barbecue
  • Luau Barbecue


  • Yom Kippur Break Fast
  • Pizza in the Sukkot
  • Halloween Party

Transportation for Recreation Activities
JESPY vans are available for transportation to many offsite activities.  At other times, clients may be assisted with public transportation or may use their own vehicle.

Many activities are provided at no additional cost. Depending on the event, fees may apply.



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