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Attention Amazon shoppers!

You can now enjoy your online shopping with Amazon AND support people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.. We are now part of the amazonsmile Foundation, a program operated by Amazon that generates donations for nonprofit organizations like ours.

When making your purchases note that you would like to support Choices In Community Living in their amazonsmile effort. They will then make a donation to us that will support Partners, Choices and Resident Home.

Remember that you can also support us by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program. See more information about that program on our website.

 

It’s TALENT SHOW time

Nancy and AndrewOur performers for our 2014 Choices Talent Show have been hard at work with rehearsals so that this year’s event will make sure all our guests have a great time. They invite you to be their guests as our Talent Show gets underway at 6:30 on Friday, October 10, at Northview School, 8114 North Main Street.

There will be dancing, comedy and musical interpretations of some oldies but goodies as well as current hits. It’s a community tradition more than two decades in the making.

At the helm of our Show this year will be the greatest emcee in the Miami Valley and our great friend Nancy Wilson, of K99 Radio. It wouldn’t be a Talent Show without her, our great performers, judges and enthusiastic audience.

Nancy is pictured with Andrew following his performance at our 2013 Talent Show.

 

EXPECT – EMPLOY – EMPOWER

 

Did you know that people with disabilities have the highest rate of unemployment in the United States, with only an estimated 12% employed in integrated community jobs?

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the 2014 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October is Expect – Employ – Empower. The goal of the national recognition is to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate American workers with disabilities.

We honor employers in our region and across Ohio who support employment opportunities for hard-working, dependable and loyal employees with disabilities.

 

A hug from a hero

Bill and John Cena

Bill and John Cena

Bill Eakman (Resident Home Association) won’t soon forget what happened to him when he attended the WWE Smackdown at the Nutter Center. Amanda Wallace and Kenneth Hilliard took some die-hard wrestling fans on the outing at the Nutter Center, where everyone had a great night.

No one had quite the night that Bill had. He considers WWE star John Cena one of his personal heroes and just seeing him in person was a big thrill for him. An even bigger thrill came when John Cena spotted Bill in the audience and came over, gave him a hug, and posed for photos. It’s a moment Bill will never forget and now John is even more of a hero to him, just as Bill, who was inducted into the Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame this April, is a hero to so many people.

It’s not the big things that matter most in life – it’s the smallest and warmest of moments that linger in our hearts. Bill’s heart is overflowing with excitement and joy from a small and warm moment spent with one of his heroes.

Thank you, John Cena, for bringing him so much happiness!

 

Protect Critical Human Services

Did you know that funds from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy directly impacts the lives of people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association?

The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services in one of the agencies supported by the county-wide levy, with funds then channeled to agencies like Choices and Resident Home for residential, transportation and adult day services.

On November 4 you can be a part of continuing that funding by voting for the Human Services Levy. If the levy passes, most critical services will continue. If it fails, about $750 million a year – more than half the funding for our county’s human services – will be lost. Voters are being asked to renew the current 7.2 mill levy and to add one mill, which is about $3.00 more a month on a $100,000 property. Remember, early voting starts on October 7. For more information, go to www.ProtectHumanServices.com.

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If you would like to be a part of helping with the community effort for passage of this important Levy by serving as a phone bank volunteer, please contact Mary Berger at (937) 837-9213.