Excitement grows for Art & Soul Opening Reception & Artists Award Ceremony

Saturday April 22nd 2017, 3-5pm Toward Independence Xenia, Ohio

It’s excitement for those who have made commitments to serve as sponsors for Art & Soul 2017, as well as the artists from around Ohio who have eagerly submitted their entries for consideration for the statewide exhibit, with opening ceremonies on Saturday, April 22 at Toward Independence in Xenia. The opening reception is open to the public at no charge. Work from artists in the Exhibit will be available for sale.a&s 2015 2

Partners For Community Living and Toward Independence have been coordinating the regional exhibit for the past nine years and are honored to be part of its statewide expansion for our 10th anniversary Exhibit. We are honored to announce that this year’s entries were juried (judged) by Glen Cebulash, Chair & Professor, Art & Art History at Wright State University; Glenna Jennings, Assistant Professor, Photography, Department of Art & Design, University of Dayton; and Valerie Shesko, Cincinnati-based landscape artist and printmaker with works in numerous collections.

The Exhibit, which includes cash awards for Best of Show and other awards, is funded 100% by sponsorships and donations. We welcome Hutcheson Homecare Pharmacy and Key Bank as a first-time sponsors, along with our legacy sponsors, the Butler, Greene, Hamilton, and Montgomery County Boards, as well as the Warren County Board of DD. Our legacy sponsors have been with us every year, making it possible for us to celebrate a growing number of artists with developmental disabilities. We also honor Edith Fuson, Judy Leasure, Bob & Gloria Archer who are joining us Art Patrons.

We are indebted to Sketches Framing in Beavercreek for their support in matting and framing the work selected for the Exhibit.

Sponsorships are still available to support this year’s Exhibit. Individuals and groups may also purchase an ad in our Exhibit program to honor our artists or their group/organization. Art Patrons are invited to join us with a tax-deductible donation of $100.00. Exhibit coordinators emphasize that this is not a fundraising event and that all of the sponsorships and donations go directly to professionally mat and frame art selected for the Exhibit, as well as for cash awards and other artist recognition.

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Fish N Chips March 3rd 2017

Join us  for  our Annual Fish Fry, Friday March 3rd 2017, raising funds to support the people we serve at Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

It’s more than the best fish dinner around, it’s wonderful raffles, a delicious bake sale, Monte Carlo games, and more! Fun for the whole family and you support people with developmental disabilities.

Located at the Huber Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights. Dinner begins at 6:00 and runs until 9:00 p.m. Casino-style games will run until 11:00. Tickets are $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the door.

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Or contact Pam Skelly at partners@rhadayton.com or 937-278-0791 to reserve your tickets. Remember, proceeds benefit people with developmental disabilities served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.

If you would like to make a donation to our raffle baskets or bake sale or if you are interested in volunteer opportunities at our Fish ‘N Chips, please contact Kelly at kbaker@rhadayton.com or 937-278-0791.

 

Carnival! Get your tickets now

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It’s not just dinner – it’s an experience!  Our 2016 Celebrity Waiter event is less than a month away. See the national dish of Brazil prepared just for you! Taste other sumptuous dishes, sample the national drink of Brazil – enjoy the steel drum music of the SunBurners, dance demonstrations, raffles and more.

All of the proceeds support our partner agencies in providing critical services and support when no other funds are available, such as clothing, furniture, medical equipment, accessible vans, recreation and much more. Purchase tickets here.

 

The gift of friendship

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The best gift for this holiday season and for this year for the men at Choices’ Lincoln Park home is the gift of friendship from students from Carroll High School. The students come by the house for dinner every month.

Wesley, Patrick, Bradley and Damien wish their friends the happiest of holiday seasons and can’t wait for more dinners, games and other activities in 2016.

 

Honoring Nancy Wilson

Friends and colleagues came together on November 12 at El Meson Restaurant to honor K99 Radio’s Nancy Wilson as the 2015 recipient of the John W. Pratt Legacy Award. We came together to honor her for giving full measure to the word volunteer.

Dayton’s own Erma Bombeck so often filled the world with laughter with her quick wit and humorous take on the everyday things in life. Beyond the laughter, she also shared thoughts about what it means to be human. She said this about volunteers. “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another.”

The face of compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another was front and center at our reception as we honored Nancy for giving full measure and meaning to the word volunteer. It seems that wherever there has been a need in the community, Nancy has always been there. She co-hosts K99’s Cares for Kids Telethon and The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on WHIO Television in support of Dayton Children’s Hospital. She is a board member for SICSA and serves as a tutor for the Miami Valley Literacy Council.  We honored her on a November night for her contributions that have added significantly to the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities over so many years.

Nancy Banks, Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services and Dennis Grant, Executive Director of United Rehabilitation Services joined Tom Weaver (Choices In Community Living) and Pete Roll (Resident Home Association) in recognizing Nancy for her years of service to and with people with developmental disabilities.

Nancy has served as emcee for Choices’ Talent Show for almost as many years as it has been held. She has volunteered with URS, the County Board and ARC/Ohio. She was instrumental in working with Partners For Community Living to initiate the first Dining with the Stars fundraising event and she has stayed involved every year as it has developed. She serves as a member of Partners Community Team, representing and supporting us throughout the community.

John Pratt was one of the founding members of both Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. He was a strong supporter of Partners For Community Living and helped form our Endowment Fund. Three of his four daughters, Ann Schulte, Cathy Payne and Mary Ann Schulz presented the Award to Nancy at the conclusion of the ceremonies, followed by the signing of John’s favorite song, You Light Up My Life, sang to Nancy with deep gratitude by Margie Little, who is part of Choices’ extended family in Clark County.  John’s daughter Susan is a member of our Resident Home Association extended family.

The ceremonies closed with these most fitting words from Piglet to his friend Winnie the Pooh. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh? he asked. “Even longer,” Pooh answered. We’ll be friends forever, our wonderful Nancy, and even longer.

If you would like to honor and thank Nancy for her friendship and service with a tax-deductible donation in her honor, please forward your donation to Partners For Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton OH 45414 or you may make a donation in her honor on our secure website by going to our Donation link.

 

 

When you win, they win!

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It couldn’t be any better than that. When you purchase a Jingle Bucks ticket, you have an opportunity to win up to $5,000 just in time for holiday shopping, while the people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association also win. Proceeds support clothing, furniture, medical equipment, recreation, holiday gifts, vans, a variety of activities and more.

Jingle Bucks is our annual holiday fundraising effort. Only 500 Jingle Bucks tickets are available at $25 each or five tickets for $100. One winner will be drawn during our Partners Open House on December 11. The winner will receive $5,000 if 400 or more tickets are sold. If 400 tickets or more are not sold, the winner will receive 50% of the total ticket sales and Partners will receive 50% in support of people with developmental disabilities.

Visit www.partnersohio.com/about to meet some of the people your ticket will support. Tickets are available at the offices of Choices In Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, and Resident Home Association, 3661 Salem Avenue; by calling Pam at 937-278-0791 or Judy at 937-898-3655; or you may purchase your ticket on our secure website here.

View Jingle Bucks Rules here.

 

Maurice Hollingsworth joined our Partners For Community Living group that attended the inspiring luncheon. He is pictured with one of his best friends, Greg Stephens, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and Greg’s mother Ellie, who has been the “go to” person at Choices In Community Living for many years. She is retiring in October as Office Administrator for Choices.

Maurice Hollingsworth joined our Partners For Community Living group that attended the inspiring luncheon. He is pictured with one of his best friends, Greg Stephens, with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, and Greg’s mother Ellie, who has been the “go to” person at Choices In Community Living for many years. She is retiring in October as Office Administrator for Choices.

Congratulations to Dr. Clark E. Beck, Sr. He was presented the 2015 Citizen Legion of Honor Award during the Presidents Club of Dayton Annual Meeting.  It was an honor to be a part of the audience to watch him receive this prestigious award and to hear his gracious and caring acceptance speech.  What a truly remarkable man and how fortunate we are as a community to have him.

Dr. Beck was employed as an engineer by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for 32 years, during which time he did test work on Kevlar before it was used in applications related to space travel. He taught at Central State University, Sinclair Community College and Wright State University. In 1987 we became the Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State.

He has served tirelessly on numerous community boards, such as the American Red Cross, Antioch University Midwest, Engineers Club of Dayton, United Way, Riverdale Optimist and many more.

The Presidents Club represents various civic and public service organizations. Its mission is to encourage the spirit of servant leadership through active volunteer service in our region.

Maurice Hollingsworth had a huge smile on his face as he posed with the Honor Guard prior to the start of the Award Luncheon.

Maurice Hollingsworth had a huge smile on his face as he posed with the Honor Guard prior to the start of the Award Luncheon.

 

Cheers to Big Beers!

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Big Beers and Barley Wines 2015 will be held inside the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on October 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. All proceeds from the event go directly to Resident Home Association.

What started as an idea for a small, intimate beer tasting in 2009 has quickly grown into the region’s premier beer tasting, where beer geeks can sample a variety of limited and hard-to-find craft beers all in one event. Big Beers features more than 80 brews from premium craft brewers such as Founders, Dark Horse, Bell’s and New Holland. Big Beers will also feature some of the best Ohio breweries: Toxic Brew Co., Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewing, Dayton Beer Co., 5th Street Brewpub, Hairless Hare, Jackie O’s, Blank Slate, Rhinegeist, Rivertown, Elevator, Listermann/Triple Digit and many more.

Tickets Available online at: https://big-beers-barley-wines-2015.chirrpy.com/ and at the following ticket sellers:

Belmont Party Supply
BrewTensils
Ollie’s Place
5th Street Wine & Deli
Bee Gee’s Market
Barrel House
Boston’s Bistro & Pub
Chappy’s Tap Room
King’s Table
Lucky’s Tap Room & Eatery
South Park Tavern
Thai 9
Toxic Brew
Trolley Stop

More information can be found at www.bigbeersdayton.com or call Pam Skelly 937-278-0791

 

Day Hab Hospitality

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The best part of serving and hosting lunch may not be the food, even great dessert. For the participants in Choices’ Adult Day Services program (Day Hab) at the Kettering Recreation Center, the very best part recently was meeting new people and spending time with friends. Kettering Recreation provided the food and the Day Hab participants prepared and served the lunch for their guests from the Center.

The Kettering Recreation Center is one of several locations throughout the community that host Choices’ Adult Day program. Others include the Englewood, Huber Heights, West Carrollton and Preble County YMCAs. Participants enjoy a full-range of activities at these community locations, with a focus on setting and meeting goals for healthy living and having opportunities to meet new people and make new friends.

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More information about Choices Adult Day Program is available at www.partnersohio.com.

 

Celebrating DSPs

Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association are joining agencies throughout Ohio and the nation in recognizing the work of our Direct Support Professionals during National Direct Support Professional Week. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and ANCOR’s  (American Network of Community Options and Resources) national advocacy campaign have joined together to sponsor the celebration and recognition, which will run from September 13 – 19. More than 1,000,000 individuals with disabilities across our nation rely on the professional care and support of Direct Support Professionals in their daily lives.

RHA certified DSP’s pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role” from left to right former staff members Frawnshay Billingsley, Valencia McAfee, and current staff Nafessa Huff, Pam Taylor and Callee Smith.

RHA certified DSP’s pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role” from left to right former staff members Frawnshay Billingsley, Valencia McAfee, and current staff Nafessa Huff, Pam Taylor and Callee Smith.

Lisa Barnes, Staff Trainer for Resident Home Association, serves as Chairperson for Ohio’s DSP Recognition event. This year’s event will be held in Columbus on September 16. The theme is “DSPs make HAPPY happen.” DSPaths provides training, certification and credentialing to enhance and support the professional development of those who provide direct support to individuals with disabilities.

More information about the September 16th event and OADSP can be found here at http://www.oadsp.org/

Lisa, pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role”, is not only the Chairperson for the yearly DSP recognition event but is also an officer in the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) and is a DSPATHS instructor.

Lisa, pictured at last year’s event “DSP’s are STARS in a Supporting Role”, is not only the Chairperson for the yearly DSP recognition event but is also an officer in the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) and is a DSPaths instructor.