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Therapeutic Recreation Services

Public Notice

Grace Art & Wellness Programs at Northside Community Center are temporarily closed until Thursday, March 12.

The staff is working to modify the program space to ensure social distancing can be practiced by participants.

If you have an appointment with the County Probation Department, contact your case manager for continued services.

The 4C’s Senior Nutrition Program will be open from 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. On Monday, March 9, meal service may change based on County guidelines.

The City of San José is continuing to monitor and respond to guidance from the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to take proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making additional recommendations to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected.

The health and safety of our employees, residents, businesses, and visitors remains the highest priority for the City of San José. To stay updated, visit Santa Clara County Guidance and City of San José News Flash.

Community members are encouraged to follow increased hygiene guidelines, including:

  • Persons at a higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from crowded social gatherings of people as much as possible.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding close contact with other people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you have flu-like symptoms, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone, except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Immediately contact your healthcare provider if conditions and symptoms get worse.
  • If prescribed antiviral medication, please complete the entire treatment regimen.

General Information

Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) provides recreation, education, and community services to enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

Therapeutic Recreation Services focuses on abilities, rather than disabilities.

Our programs:
  • Enhance independence
  • Improve social skills
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Connect people and families with community resources
  • Provide opportunities to contribute to society
  • Promote community integration
Therapeutic Recreation Services is divided into three service areas:
  • All Access Sports and Recreation
  • Grace Community Center
  • Inclusion Support Services

All Access Sports and Recreation

Programs offered for children and adults with developmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities. Among these are wheelchair sports programs, cosponsored with Far West Wheelchair Athletic Association. Wheelchair sports programs practice weekly, and provide regional and national competitions, clinics, and camps.

Grace Art and Wellness

Located at Northside Community Center, is a center that serves adults with mental illness and cognitive disabilities.

Inclusion Support Services

We support and encourage participation of individuals with all ability levels. Our inclusion support services include:
  • interpreters for the deaf or hearing impaired
  • improved signage
  • activity modification
  • staff training
  • accessible equipment and facility features.
Please request accommodation during registration process at least two weeks in advance. You may also notify the facility.

Email Tessa Kryst, Inclusion Specialist,with any question or concerns at

Community Partners

Therapeutic Recreation Services collaborates with many community partners, including:
  • American Diabetes Association
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Rehabilitation Research Center
  • Services for Brain Injury
  • Breathe California
  • Far West Wheelchair Sports
  • Santa Clara County Mental Health Department


Internship opportunities are available for students in the field of Recreation Therapy. For information, contact:

Lisa Willan CTRS at (408) 293-0422.

For Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy internships, contact Autumn Cade, MA, LMFT at (408) 293-0422.


Opportunities are available for students and community members. For All Access Sports and Recreation, see our listing on Volunteersquared.

For opportunities, call (408) 293-0422

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