Community Based Transition Program Appreciates Dawn Basler

Community Based Transition Program Appreciates Dawn Basler
Posted on 06/08/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Community Based Transition Program Appreciates Dawn BaslerVisit our Recreation and Community Services Community Based Transition Program and you will instantly witness the positive attitude and welcoming spirit of participant Dawn Basler.  Dawn, who turns 57 at the end of the month, truly enjoys attending the program every day and says that her favorite part is the people.  

“Dawn has been attending the Community Based Transitions Program for more years than she can remember and has always been such a positive influence on the group as a whole,” explains Recreation and Community Services Director, Shelly Strasser. “The saying ‘In a World Where You Can Be Anything - Be Nice’ was written for Dawn. She approaches everyone with such joy and kindness.”

“Dawn is always willing to help out at the program and says she likes to make people happy.  If you are ever lucky enough to receive one of Dawn’s handmade and personalized cards, you will see firsthand how much she cares about others,” adds Strasser. “It is nearly impossible to leave a conversation with Dawn and not feel better about life or yourself given all the compliments she showers on others.”  

When Dawn is asked how she keeps such a positive outlook on life she says, “It takes years of practice.” 

“On June 10, 2021, the Community Based Transition Program will be ending for the year,” said Strasser. “When it returns in the fall, it will have a fresh new look and a new name: Recreational Adult Day Program or RAD.” 

When asked what she is looking forward to most when the program starts back up, Dawn said, “Going bowling, going on trips, going out to eat, and spending time with her friends.” Over the summer she says she will be spending her time playing bingo, going shopping and staying out of the heat.

“Dawn simply enjoys spending time with her friends and she loves the staff at the Rec Center,” said Stasser. “She is a blessing to all of us and everyone she meets.”

The Community Based Transition Program is a day program for adults with disabilities in West Allis-West Milwaukee. They meet daily Monday through Friday at the Recreation and Community Services Center. This program is designed to help participants learn and grow in the areas of daily living, personal, social, vocational, leisure and recreation skills. For more information visit