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Christina Moore receives regional recognition

Helping to honor Christina (third from left) as she accepted her Spirit Award were (l-r) Nancy Banks, Superintendent, Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services; Nancy Ritchey and her nominator, Choices Program Director Jennifer Albright.

Helping to honor Christina (third from left) as she accepted her Spirit Award were (l-r) Nancy Banks, Superintendent, Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services; Nancy Ritchey and her nominator, Choices Program Director Jennifer Albright.

Christina Moore has been a staff member at Choices In Community Living since 2008. She currently serves as Program Manager for two homes and has an independent contract to serve one individual. In ceremonies held at the Mandalay Banquet Center on April 24, Christina was awarded the 2015 Spirit Award, one of the regional Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards presented to recognize the exemplary service of professionals in the field of developmental disabilities, as well as business and community leaders and individuals with developmental disabilities. The Spirit Award is presented to an individual or group other than direct services, such as administrators, managers and supervisors working in the field.

One of the homes she manages began services in 2014 for three individuals. Just about everything was new with this home – new individuals being served, new families to support and new staff to train and supervise. In her nomination by Program Director Jennifer Albright, it was noted how adeptly she managed all those factors during those first months filled with challenges that come with everything and everyone being new. Not only did she create a safe and nurturing environment for the three people, she worked hand in hand with families so that they would be comfortable and assured as well. She formed a strong and positive relationship with the families that continues to grow.

She was involved in developing a Behavior Support Plan to assist the individuals as they adapted to their new home and new people around them. She successfully implemented that plan and works with staff to assure it is used consistently. One of the things the individuals and their families wanted was to be active. That’s all they had to tell her. Now there are at least five activities every week!

She works one-on-one with one person who lives independently. For Christina, that means she has made both a professional and personal commitment to him, which means a call to him every day of the week, even those days when she is not working.  She encourages the individuals in her homes to call her whenever they want and they do that on a frequent basis. She is always just that one phone call away.

Nothing illustrates the depth of her dedication more than her service last summer. She lost her mother, followed just one month later by the death of her father-in-law. While dealing with her own family losses, she made sure everything was taken care of for the people she serves. She called every day, still making decisions and leading her staff. The closing words of her nomination sum up what Christina brings to Choices, her team and those she serves – it  would be hard to find a better example of spirit and service than Christina Moore!

This was the 26th anniversary of the Erin Ritchey Memorial Awards, held in conjunction with the induction ceremonies of the Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame and presented annually by Kenneth and Nancy Ritchey. The Awards are named in memory of their daughter Erin who died in an automobile accident in 1988 at seven years of age. She had been attending the Early Intervention Center. At the time of her death she had joined the mainstream of public education as a student at Residence Park Elementary School in Dayton, Ohio.