A new business opening in Dublin on June 1 will pick up where school has left off for adults with disabilities.

A new business opening in Dublin on June 1 will pick up where school has left off for adults with disabilities.

People with physical and mental disabilities can receive school services until age 22; all R friends, a day-support services provider, offers learning and socialization activities for those who need assistance after school is no longer an option.

The first all R friends location was opened in Westerville last year after CEO Kathy Cook, who had worked as a job coach for several years, saw former students with nothing to do.

"She started to run across former students who were not getting out anymore," said husband Ken Cook.

The husband and wife team opened all R friends in the Church of the Nazarene at 355 Cherrington Road in Westerville. The business experienced a lot of growth in one year, leading to the second location at 5950 Wilcox Place in Dublin, Ken Cook said.

"Westerville is bursting at the seams," he said, adding that Dublin seemed like the obvious place for a second location.

"It's a place where we kept getting feedback from both (Delaware and Franklin) counties that there is a need here."

All R friends offers a structured day that will begin anywhere from 8 to 9:15 a.m. with transportation from the home to the Dublin location for the breakfast club.

"They have some breakfast and socialize a bit," Cook said. "A lot of the program has to do with socialization skills."

The day continues with physical activities that include corn hole, Wii sports and dancing.

Training in life skills also is included in the daily schedule.

"We do reading and writing skills, math and money skills," Cook said. "We put the two (money and math) together and have them figure out a budget. They make a grocery list and go to the local Giant Eagle and the staff work with them."

Overall, the training includes computer skills, cooking, personal care and literacy.

"We're trying to move everyone down their own path to independence," Cook said. "A big part of the program is independence."

Community outings also are part of the program.

"We go to local fairs, parks (and) events," Cook said. "It's somewhere they can go for socialization."

Cook said the group also is working on a deal with the Dublin Community Recreation Center.

"We make use of the Westerville Recreation Center now," he said.

The group will use Tuttle Mall for community outings. Cook said the trips, at times, can be as simple as a girls or guys day out.

"It's sort of a microcosm of everyday life, but it is at a pace they're comfortable with," he said. "They can come here and interact with people on their own level."

The all R friends location in Dublin has space for 36 participants. After that, Cook said he and his wife will have to find additional space on Wilcox Place or open a third location.

The same services also are offered during the summer to high school students with disabilities, Cook said. To receive regular services, attendees must be 18 or older and finished with school.

The summer program for students runs from June to August; Cook said four people already have been signed up for the summer program in Dublin.

For more information on all R friends, look online at www.allrfriends.com.