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Cheers to Big Beers!

big beers

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: and at the following ticket sellers:

Belmont Party Supply
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 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


Voice of UD Flyers to emcee Talent Show

WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen, who serves as the radio voice of the University of Dayton Flyers, will be the emcee for Choices Annual Talent Show, with this year’s theme of Choices Voices.  The music and dancing to some of the biggest and best-known hits from today and across the years will get underway at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The public is invited to join our performers for a great night of enthusiastic, energetic and downright contagious fun at Northview School, 8114 North Main Street.

In addition to joining us our emcee this year, Larry has been one of our favorite celebrity waiters for our annual Dining with the Stars event. He is also a member of our Partners Community Team, along with Nancy Wilson and John and Marty Moe of Irongate Realtors.

This is Choices’ 30th anniversary year of providing person-centered services in our community. Our Talent Show has been one of the highlights of almost every one of those years. In addition to the performances, we will have a 50/50 Jackpot drawing and will have our Partners 2015 Jingle Bucks tickets available. Mark your calendars now and plan on joining Larry and all our performers. You’re guaranteed a great time!



Resident Home welcomes new Board members

Resident Home Association is honored to welcome Paula Blosser and Tom Gmeiner to our Board of Trustees. Tom, who is a CPA and Tax Director with Brady Ware & Company, has served previously as a member of the Board. He has also served on the Board of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services. Tom’s parents, Ed and Betty Gmeiner, were early pioneers in advocating for community-based homes and services and were founding members of Resident Home Association.

Paula, who is serving as a family representative on our Board, is the sister of Keith Savage who has lived for many years in our Greenhill home. She is the president of Britton & Associates Court Reporters.

Tom and Paula join our other Board members: Gary Newton (President); Carl Eubank; Vivienne Himmell; Nora Rutherford; and Steve Schulte. Our Board members serve in a volunteer capacity and give of their own time and resources to lead and guide us in meeting our mission.


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

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.


Join the BuddyWalk

The Miami Valley Down Syndrome Association will be hosting their 2015 MVDSA Dayton BuddyWalk on Saturday, September 19 at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, with arrival at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk to get underway at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds fund local efforts in the Miami Valley for individuals with Down syndrome, as well as national initiatives for people with Down syndrome in the U.S.

The BuddyWalk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

To support MVSDA or to participate in the BuddyWalk go to or call 937-222-0744.


Singing along with Reba

Teresa Blythe and Tara Walker - Reba

It was the highlight of her summer when Teresa Blythe (r) got her country on at the Reba McEntire concert at the Fraze, accompanied by Tara Walker, staff at Choices Fun-Fit program. The ladies had really good seats and were able to get some great photos of Reba performing that will let them re-live the concert for a long time to come. Teresa likes to stay busy when not working at Courtyard by Marriott and one of her favorite ways to do that is by going to concerts. It lets her combine her love of music, dance and being active in the community.





Thank you, Elements IV

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Despite the heat (“the hottest day of the year,” according to Butch Van Meter) it was still a good day on the course for our Choices golf team as they participated in the Elements IV Interiors Charity Golf Tournament in July, including (l-r) Doug Jones, his son Nate Jones, Pete Smith and Butch Van Meter. Pete and Nate are avid golfers. Nate, who works for MONCO Enterprises at its Liberty Center, has participated in Special Olympics tournaments alongside his Dad, while Pete, who is independently employed in the community, and Butch have also participated in several Special Olympics tournaments, with Pete winning regional titles.

While it was a steamy day, Butch, who is Program Administrator for Choices’ Semi-Independent Living program, said it was a great day to be golfing and meeting new friends. “Elements IV Interiors staff were really welcoming to us and they made it a great day for us,” he shares.

Elements IV Interiors is a Dayton-based business that specializes in interior design for corporations, businesses and organizations. They are also committed to giving back to their community. One of the ways they do that is their annual Charity Golf Tournament. Choices In Community Living is one of the nonprofit agencies that will receive a donation from this year’s tournament.

Thank you to Elements IV Interiors for welcoming our Choices’ golf team and for your generosity and caring in supporting us this year!  What a truly great team of caring and open people and an inspiring business that takes great joy in giving back to our community!


Cheering on the Dragons

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It was a great day at Fifth Third Field as Alan Pippenger (second from the left) shared the excitement of a Dayton Dragons game with Steve, Kent and Doc of Resident Home Association. Alan and the Woodbury men started out many years ago as neighbors but soon became good friends.

Hard to imagine a better way to celebrate that friendship than by spending time together cheering on the Dragons and getting up close with Gem, one of the Dragons’ mascots.

Retired RHA Executive Director Brenda Whitney recollects: “Over the years the whole Pippenger family has engaged with the men of Woodbury, taking them to Reds and Dragons games, fishing and often remembering them on holidays with a ham or similar gift. They have relationships with most of the men, and are great neighbors!!”

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Enjoy “Choices” recipes

Choices In Community Living is committed to healthy lifestyles for the people we serve. While our Fun-Fit program at area YMCAs is one way we encourage and support healthy living for those who participate, our commitment to wellness can be found every meal in every home every day. Our staff work together to share information on how to incorporate new and healthy foods into menu planning in our homes for and with the people we serve. One of the ways we focus on healthy menu planning is by sharing recipes using our Vegetable of the Month. We’d like to share our August Vegetables of the Month with you – Tomatoes and Sweet Corn – along with a recipe for each.

Sweet Corn  –  Sweet corn is the result of a naturally occurring recessive mutation in the genes which control conversion of sugar to starch inside the endosperm of the corn kernel. Sweet corn is picked when immature (milk stage) and prepared and eaten as a vegetable, rather than a grain. Since the process of mutation involved converting sugar  to starch, sweet corn stores poorly and must be eaten fresh, canned or frozen before the kernels become tough and starchy. Cooked sweet corn increases levels of ferulic acid, which provides anti-cancer properties.

Microwaved Sweet Corn on the Cob

Take as many ears as you wish to prepare for any one occasion and place them in the microwave with the shucks still on. Cook on high for 3 minutes for every ear of corn (1 ear for 3 minutes; 2 ears for six minutes, etc.) Times may vary depending on the wattage of your microwave. Once done, remove from the microwave. The corn will be hot so be sure to use a hot pad. Cut off the bottom end of each ear and hold the ear by the silks at the top end. Shake the ear until the corn slides out, minus the silks. If you have done it right, most of the silk will come off with the shucks. Season to taste and enjoy.

Tomatoes – The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads and drinks. While it is botanically a fruit, it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes. The tomato is rich in lycopene, which has beneficial health effects.

Texas Toast Tomato Sandwich

Makes 6 servings   Total preparation time: 15 minutes

1 (9.5 oz.) package of five-cheese Texas toast

2 lbs. of tomatoes

1/4 cup bottled blue cheese vinaigrette

6 T torn fresh basil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Prepare Texas toast according to package directions. Slice the tomatoes to your taste as to thickness. Gently toss the tomatoes with vinaigrette, basil, salt and pepper. Serve immediately over hot Texas toast.

Enjoy healthy eating that is also tasty!