For the management staff of Choices In Community Living, it was an inservice about Person-Centered-Planning with a very distinctive and enthusiastic Canadian flair, as they welcomed representatives from the Developmental Disabilities Association from Vancouver, British Columbia on January 22.
Pictured at the conclusion of the inservice are (l-r) Danielle White, Developmental Disabilities Association; Tom Weaver, Choices Executive Director; Andrew Kung, Developmental Disabilities Association; Teri Derry, Director, Training and Professional Development for the Ohio Provider Resource Association; and Donna Cain, Developmental Disabilities Association.
The Developmental Disabilities Association are forerunners in putting the philosophy of person-centered-planning into action in Canada. They shared an overview of the strategies and technology they use to assure that the people they serve are at the center of the services and support they provide. Person-centered-planning is the exciting and emerging service model that is being implemented across the United States and Ohio.
Choices has been in the forefront of implementing the new model. Person-centered-planning began in Ohio communities in February, 2013 with a grant of $800,000 from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to fund a five-county pilot project. Choices’ Clark and Madison County programs were selected to take part in that pilot project and are off to a very successful start. Just one example is the teaming of staff with one couple in Clark County to help them identify their dream, set goals to make that dream a reality, and then work side by side as that dream became a reality when Ron and Jan signed the papers that officially made them homeowners – that dream come true – their very own home!!!!
Tom Weaver (2nd from right), Executive Director of Choices In Community Living, was a guest presenter at the January meeting of the Huber Heights Rotary Club, sharing information about Choices 30th anniversary in 2015 and an overview of programs and services. He is pictured with Kelly Baker, Volunteer Coordinator for Partners For Community Living and Sue Gunnell, Rotary President and Mark Davis, Rotary President-Elect. Tom shared the deep ties that Choices and Partners has in the Huber community, including three homes and our exemplary Adult Day program at the Huber YMCA. Choices is also a member of the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly shared information about our shared volunteer program and upcoming events, including our March 13th Fish Fry at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation. Tickets are now available for the Fish Fry and can be purchased by going to our Events button and going to Donate.
For more information about our Fish Fry, please contact Kelly at 937-278-0791.
Fill your days with good food, even better companionship and a variety of great activities and who has time to even think about what the weather is doing outside? The 34 people who participated in Resident Home Association’s Adult Day Program the last week of 2014 were far too busy to care about the winter cold.
On Monday, December 29 it was a warm and delicious lunch at Olive Garden (a favorite community dining spot for most of the participants), followed by a movie, while a second group at the RHA office focused on their performing skills and creative side by working on a music video. The center common area at the RHA office is large and welcoming, complete with a full kitchen where everyone joins together to come up with menu ideas and then make delicious home-made lunches. The wonderful smells from cooking fill the office and make it seem more like home than an office. It’s the perfect setting for so many of the activities and classes developed by participants, with support from staff.
It may have been cold outside, but Amanda Adams focused all of her attention on developing her candy making skills.
Tuesday found Day Program Supervisor Amanda Wallace leading a group in making candy, followed by a chili lunch. The candy makers were joined for lunch by the music video group. Wednesday morning found the ladies of our Joyceann home making muffins, followed by their always fun and entertaining New Year’s Eve luncheon. Another group celebrated by going to see the Harlem Globetrotters in the afternoon.
It was a craft class on Thursday as Amanda led participants in making snow globes and sock snowmen in the morning, followed by hot soup for lunch, where they were joined by the members of the music video group led by Vicki Servais. Rounding out the busy week was an art class that included making Pop Up art that will be displayed later in January at the Brazee Street Studios in Cincinnati. The music video group joined in the creative process, which also included making Perspective Snowman paintings, followed by hot chicken soup for lunch.
It was unanimous by all who participated that there couldn’t have been a better way to spend the last days of 2014 and welcome in 2015, with the promise of many more shared days and weeks to come!
Working and learning together may just be the best thing about our Adult Day Services activities. Staff member Nathan Stevens works with Jeanne Russell as she discovers some of the secrets in turning melted chocolate into candy.
For Mike Wood the best snowman is not one you make out in the cold but the one you create inside where it is warm and the smell of hot chicken soup fills the air.