Sponsors support artists with disabilities

We welcome the Greene, Hamilton and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities as platinum sponsors for our 7th Annual Art & Soul juried art exhibit, joining the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

The judging is complete for this year’s Exhibit, with 40 pieces selected for the two-week Exhibit at the Town & Country Fine Arts Center in Kettering. The opening reception is Friday, April 4 at the Center, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. All artists will be recognized and awards will be presented in various categories, including Best of Show. Art will also be for sale during the reception and for the two weeks of the Exhibit. The reception is open to the public at no charge.

Art & Soul is a Partners For Community Living/Toward Independence event dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the artistic creativity and talents of artists with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region.


We hereby resolve …

by Pete Roll, Executive Director

Here we are in the second month of 2014 and many people are still trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you were one of those whose resolutions for this year centered around self-improvement, like losing weight, getting more exercise, sticking to a healthier diet. Maybe you were among those who resolved to keep better track of your finances, reduce your debt, increase savings or put more money towards retirement. While all of these things are important and require some sacrifice and self-discipline, there are other resolutions – pledges – that require ongoing effort, determination and considerate actions. As an organization dedicated to providing quality services and support for people with developmental disabilities, the start of a new year is good time for us to share our resolutions – our pledges – to those we serve, their families, our staff, supporters and the community. Here are some that come to mind:

• We resolve to always and in all ways strive to do our very best on behalf of those we serve.

• We resolve to continue to honor the legacy and memories of those who gave so much in establishing us as an agency and laying the foundation for our mission by continuing to set and exceed standards on how services are provided – always remembering to keep those we serve in the forefront of every decision we make.

• We resolve to serve as an example for what quality services should be as we enhance the opportunities we provide to those we serve.

• We resolve to support individual choices and respect the rights of those we serve.

• We resolve to assure that our homes are nurturing and caring environments where each person feels welcome, safe and secure.

• We resolve to be professional in how we conduct ourselves while working with those we serve, their families and our supportive community.

• We resolve to not be so consumed with completing tasks that we forget that we are here to serve people first.

• We resolve to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

Anyone of us who has tried to lose weight or save money knows how difficult such resolutions can be and how quickly they can be forgotten as we busy ourselves with everything going on around us. We must not and cannot forget our resolutions as an organization – we cannot allow them to get lost in how busy we are. That’s why it’s important for us at the start of another year to remind ourselves of our resolutions and to strengthen our commitment as a team to resolutions that last more than a few weeks or months – resolutions that those we serve can rely on throughout their lives, not just on New Year’s Day.
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“Star” joins Dining with the Stars

Superior Dental Care is our latest Star, joining us as a Bronze Sponsor for our 2014 Dining with the Stars celebrity waiter event on Wednesday, May 14 at Thai 9 Restaurant in the Oregon District. We thank them for their community partnership with us on behalf of people with developmental disabilities served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.



DD Awarness Month Theme

DD Awareness Month - 2014webJoin all of us at Partners For Community Living (Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association) as we celebrate with the communities throughout our nation during March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Ohio Public Images/Public Images Network has announced the theme for 2014 observances – Ability at Work. For posters, badges and other promotional materials in keeping with this year’s theme, please visit their website.

If you would like the opportunity to learn more about people with developmental disabilities, about your friends and neighbors in your community with developmental disabilities and the programs, services and activities we provide in support of people with developmental disabilities, please contact us at partners@choicesincl.com or 898-3655 and we would be happy to schedule a speaker to come to your group, class or business.

Our award-winning film documentary, Lest We Forget: Silent Voices is also available for screening to your group, class or business.



Butler County is Platinum Sponsor

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities has joined our 7th Annual Art & Soul Exhibit as one of our Platinum Sponsors. Our 22-county juried art exhibit is funded in full by sponsors and donors, including Art Patrons. The Butler County Board has been a sponsor of the Exhibit for each of its seven years. They also support their artists with developmental disabilities with an exceptional art program. Many of their artists have been represented in previous exhibits.

The opening reception for our 7th annual Exhibit will be Friday, April 4 at the Town & Country Fine Arts Center in Kettering. The artists selected for this year’s Exhibit will be honored and awards will be presented, including Best of Show. Art will also be available for sale, with proceeds from sales going directly to the artists. The Exhibit will remain on display in the Center for two weeks following the opening reception, with additional opportunities for art to be purchased.

The opening reception is open to the public at no charge.