There were smiles all around on a windy morning when Joseph Smith, Community Education Team Lead, came by the Choices In Community Living office to deliver a $10,000 check to Donny Rice and Choices’ Executive Director Tom Weaver. The grant funds have been used to assist with the purchase of an accessible van for Donny and others. He shared his appreciation with Joseph and thanked him for everyone at Choices for supporting transportation. He called the new van a “dream” and just a thrill to ride in, especially in comparison to the one it replaced. “It spent more time in the shop for repair than it did on the road,” he noted of the old van.
Choices has a $100,000 goal to provide new and/or replacement vans. According to Tom, the CareSource Foundation grant is going a long way in helping meet that goal. Choices has a 40+ van fleet to meet the transportation needs of the people we serve.
The CareSource Foundation funds innovative, long-term approaches to positively impact critical health issues. They coordinate opportunities for community outreach, medical expertise, community partnerships and volunteerism.
That’s what happened when Derek (Resident Home Association) joined a group from Choices In Community Living’s Fun-Fit program (Adult Day Services) during a recent outing to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum. The Thursday group that meets at the Englewood YMCA, with support from Choices’ staff member Tara Walker, go on outings in the community. The trip to the Air Force Museum provided a memorable moment for Derek and for all of those with him. While enjoying all of the exhibits with the group that includes participants from both Resident Home and Choices, he stopped on his own when he came to the United States flag. He paused there for a moment and in his own silent and private way honored the flag with a salute.
Leon (Choices In Community Living) is supporting Issue 11 to continue critically needed Human Services in Montgomery County. Election Day is November 4th.
More than 50,000 people, including Leon, rely on quality human services provided by the Levy, including protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect; providing foster care for at-risk children and youth; helping children and adults with developmental disabilities; providing supportive services for people looking for work; fighting drug and alcohol epidemics; and serving frail seniors so they can remain in their own homes.
Voters are being asked to renew the current 7.2 mill levy and add one mill. The levy period is for eight years.
Do your part for Leon, his friends and those in need throughout our community by saying YES to Issue 11!
Our showcase Art & Soul work for October is King of The Road, a 2008 pencil drawing by Art & Soul artist Frank from Batavia, Ohio. Frank works in a variety of media. His work includes architectural and historical renderings, landscapes and more. He has been featured in seven Art & Soul Exhibits and has had several one man exhibits. One of his pieces was featured in an International Very Special Arts Festival. He is a self-taught artist who also enjoys classical music. He has taught himself to play the recorder and small flute.
Professionally matted and framed, King of The Road was featured in the 2009 Art & Soul Exhibit. It is now available for sale for $125 + shipping, with 75% to go directly to the artist and 25% to support the annual Art & Soul juried art exhibit for artists with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region.
Our showcase piece, along with other work by Frank, is available at the offices of Choices In Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton, Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 or it can be ordered by contacting Partners For Community Living at 937-898-3655. Sales are final.
Sponsorships and donations are now being accepted for our 8th Annual Art & Soul Exhibit, to be held in April, 2015. Be watching for more details. Sponsorships and donations may be made on our secure website at www.partnersohio.com.
Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association extend our deepest appreciation to The Dayton Foundation for a recent grant to each agency to assist with funding for critically needed vans. The Presidential Grant for Community Integration through Transportation was funded by the Robert and Jean Penny Endowment Fund and the Tri-River Employers Healthcare Coalition Endowment. Currently Resident Home has 16 vans, while Choices has more than 40.
The need to provide accessible, safe and reliable transportation remains one of the top priorities for both agencies. With minimal funding from federal, state and local sources to meet the transportation needs of people served by the agencies, grants like the ones awarded by The Dayton Foundation are key to us maintaining community integration and involvement.