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Social/Recreational Activities

In addition to work opportunities, Yahara House provides evening, weekend, and holiday social and recreational programming. 

Jam Group Session

Creative Self-Expressions gets together for creative art projects, such as crocheting, paper quilling, t-shirts printing, candle making, soap making, and more! 

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Colleagues Preparing to Cook


Rec Events occur on a Saturday or Sunday from 12-3pm. Examples of previous rec events include going to the zoo, museums, movies, local festivals, bowling, and so much more!


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Jam Group is open to anyone who is willing to play music together. This includes singing, drumming, percussion, guitar, keyboards, and dancing. No experience needed!

Pewter Casting May 2021

Work and Education Support Dinner is a space for colleagues working, in school, or hoping to do either to meet and talk about successes and barriers over a delicious meal. 

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Karla K. at Olbrich Gardens

The Burger Cook off is an annual event where four teams (two meat and two vegetarian) compete to make the best burger.  Everyone votes on their favorite burger and the winner is crowned with our famous burger hat!


Burger Master James


Yahara House is open from 12-3pm on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day. We plan a meal to share at no cost. It is sometimes catered from a local restaurant, or if the weather is nice, we can grill outdoors. Holidays can be a challenging time for everyone, we love to spend them together! 

Day of Giving Thanks is a special day the Wednesday before Thanksgiving where members, staff, and guests and enjoy a free, homemade, traditional Thanksgiving meal (there is also a vegetarian option).

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