Our Activities
Enrich Lives

CFEP has enrichment program offerings in four areas: friends, volunteer, life-skills, and work. 

Our current programs are described below.


This program category provides social opportunities and the chance to build friendships in typical environments within the community. These activities provide stimulation to the participants and the opportunity to bond with others around shared interests.

Coffee Club

When: Monday 10am-12pm
Location: Luna Caffe
604 Castle Street, Wilmington, NC
Staffing: Volunteer Facilitators (Amanda Bowden, Angela Pollock, Darien Brooks)
Fee: Free
Description: Individuals with and without disabilities meet every Monday from 10am-12pm to talk, laugh, play games and work on their social skills. This program provides a typical environment for individuals with disabilities to practice socialization in a fun and relaxed setting. No sign-up required. Contact us if you have questions.

Social at Satellite

When: Wednesdays from 6pm-7pm 
Location: Satellite Bar & Lounge
120 Greenfield Street #6123, Wilmington, NC
(Outside in the back)
Staffing: Volunteer Leaders (Angela Pollock, Ashley Haynes)
Fee: Free
Description: Individuals with and without disabilities will be offered a weekly social event for an extra chance to laugh, socialize, build relationships and even dance? No sign-up required. Contact us if you have questions.

*Weather permitting (when heat index is between 40 and 90 degrees.)

**Check Facebook for cancellation updates.


The volunteer category provides programs that include opportunities for adults with disabilities to volunteer their time while working on important skills that can be generalized to other areas!  The volunteer opportunities also give these individuals experience that can be used on resumes or possible future jobs.

Compost & Gardening

When: Wednesday, 9:30am – 12pm, Friday, 9:30am – 11am
Location: Russell’s Reach
8120 Sidbury Rd, Wilmington, NC
Staffing: Volunteer Leader (Tricia Nagorski)
Fee: Free
Description: Volunteer opportunity to participate in making compost for use in gardening program. Activities include the collection of composting material at various sources around Wilmington, moving horse manure (base material) into composting bins, shredding paper composting material, adding composting materials to base, turning, watering and screening compost at various stages to make high grade compost material.


This program category provides opportunities to develop life skills that foster independence within the home and community.

Ballroom Dance-ability

Ballroom Dancing Class for ALL abilities

When: Tuesdays, Oct. 15 – Nov. 19,  3:30 – 4:30pm

First Baptist Activity Center, Rm 203, 1939 Independence Blvd., Wilmington, NC 28403

Staffing: Volunteer Instructors are Angela Pollock (CFEP) and Carolina Matt (Cape Fear Solutions)

Fee: $5/class

What will you learn? This is a 6 week session adapted for individuals with disabilities where you will learn all the steps to the Cha-Cha in a friendly, flexible, and FUN setting.

Folk Friends Painting

For Adults with Disabilities

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-Noon

First Baptist Church, Downtown
411 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Staffing: Volunteer Instructors are Leslie Pridgen and Linda Mechling

Fee: No fee required.

An adapted painting class utilizing recycled materials to create beautiful works of art, while building meaningful relationship. The purpose of the class is to re-use and repurpose materials to create unique and/or personalized pieces of folk art using a variety of paints and finishes. Participants are involved in collecting, painting, and potentially selling such items. Proceeds from sales are used solely to support Cfep.


Adapted Water Aerobics

When: Thursday 11am-12pm, (**Appointment Required)
Location: YMCA
2815 College Rd, Wilmington, NC
Staffing: Rachel Luyben, OT
Fee: $5.00 per person
Description: Participants are actively instructed in the use of flotation devices for relaxation and movement activities inspired by lively music!

Adapted Cooking Class

When: (Offered once a month, **Appointment required)
Location: Downtown Area, Wilmington, NC
Staffing: Volunteer Instructors (Dr. Linda Mechling and Richard Mechling)
Fee: TBD
Description: Participants prepare a main dish, bread and optional vegetable using a customized, computer-based, picture + text recipe. Instruction includes use of: stove top, oven, food choppers, and small utensils as well as measurement, safe handling of foods, cutting, and general cooking techniques. Meals are prepared and then transported to the participants’ homes for consumption. Prior to cooking instruction, participants travel to the grocery store with the instructor to receive training on navigation of the grocery store, location of items, and purchasing.


Our work category is dedicated to providing work opportunities to adults with disabilities. CFEP currently sponsors two individuals in this area. Check out these talented individuals and their creations below!

Pottery by Davis

When: Saturdays, April 15th – November 18th, 8:00am to 1:00pm
Location: Downtown Wilmington River Front
Description: Pottery by Davis is featured at the Wilmington Downtown Farmer’s Market bi-monthly and we sponsor Davis so he is able to show the community his beautiful creations.
Contact Us to Learn More About our Work Opportunities

Ellen’s Bone Apetit

When: N/A
Location: N/A
Description: CFEP also sponsors a dog biscuit making business housed in a local veterinary office and sold within the community. Biscuits are artisan and handmade by individuals with disabilities.
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