For Amanda Wallace, her favorite resident-driven class to coordinate this year was the book club class. “The residents really enjoyed this class,” she shares, “and one of the coolest things about it was that the class came about because of Greg Rock. He played a big role in our doing this class.” The group met at Panera each week to read and then discuss what they had read. Greg was joined in the class by Greg Williams, Mary Sue Randolph, Mike Lewis, and Steve Shock. Melinda Moore assisted Amanda with the class, where Amanda says “she did a fantastic job!” The books they read and discussed were The Giving Tree, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Story of Ferdinand, Stellaluna and Horton Hears a Who. In addition to having the books to read, Amanda made a CD with all the stories being read aloud so that everyone could enjoy the stories. One of the best discussions followed the reading of The Story of Ferdinand. Members talked about bullying and standing up for yourself, including their own thoughts on being different and being picked on. After reading Stellaluna, they talked about appearances. Stellaluna is a bat who for a time lives with a family of birds that look very different from her. The members appreciated that they not only had the opportunity to read the books, but that they were encouraged to share their own opinions in an open and respectful way.
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Dining with the Stars: A Celebrity Waiter Event is honored to announce our 2015 Celebrity Waiters that will be joining us at El Meson Restaurant on May 19. We welcome Tony Capizzi (Montgomery County Juvenile Court); Claudia Cortez (Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); Gabrielle Enright (WHIO Television); Frye Guy (K 99 Radio Breakfast Club); Christian Hahn (Joseph Airport Toyota); Larry Hansgen (WHIO Radio and Voice of the UD Flyers); Rand Oliver (WENCO/Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); John Paul (WHIO Television); Natasha Williams (WKEF/WRGT Television); and Nancy Wilson (K99 Radio Breakfast Club.)
McGohan-Brabender and El Meson are presenting sponsors for our 2015 event, along with sponsorships from Irongate Realtors, UNUM, Superior Dental Services, Quanexus and BOST.
Tickets are available for $30, which includes a sumptuous four-course dinner. Contact Pam Skelly, email@example.com for more information and to reserve your tickets now.
Just what do Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do? HERE’S ONE IMPORTANT ANSWER.
THEY SAVE LIVES!
No one knows that better than everyone at Choices In Community Living, especially Carolyn, who lives in one of Choices’ homes in Clark County. She is alive today thanks to the quick thinking and actions of her DSP Shelly Kelly. Part of Shelly’s responsibilities is to make sure that people have their medications. On this particular day, Shelly gave Carolyn her medications while she was sitting at the kitchen table. Unlike all the other days, on this day Carolyn had some trouble with one of the larger pills and it got lodged in her throat.
Shelly quickly noticed that Carolyn was in distress, couldn’t talk and wasn’t breathing right. Without a second thought, she did what she was trained to do – take immediate action by administering the Heimlich Maneuver. It didn’t work the first time or the second time but the pill did dislodge, restoring Carolyn’s breathing. Other than the scare, Carolyn was fine immediately after the incident, with no injuries.
Like all DSPs, Shelly was required to take training to prepare her for just such an incident and that training and Shelly’s quick response saved Carolyn’s life!
NOTE: DSPs like Shelly save lives and bring dignity and respect to the lives of people with developmental disabilities every hour of every day of every week of every year. The next biennium budget for the State of Ohio is currently being considered. Among the provisions being considered in that budget is a proposal to increase the wages for Direct Support Professionals in keeping with a “living wage.” Did you know that the current hourly wage for DSPs across Ohio is from $9.00 – $11.00 and that many DSPs work more than one job or rely on other forms of assistance to support themselves and their families?
Choices In Community Living joins almost 300 other agencies across Ohio in urging families, friends, advocates and the public to make contact now with elected officials, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the office of the Governor to urge the passage of the provision in the State budget that will recognize the value of the work and service of Direct Support Professionals. Please send an email, letter or make a phone call to let them know you support better wages for DSPs.
Our 2015 Dining with the Stars celebrity waiter event will have you thinking Fiesta as we gather at El Meson Restaurant on Tuesday, May 19 for a night of great food and entertainment. Tickets are $30 for a four course dinner, served to you by our very enthusiastic celebrity waiters, which will include: WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen; WHKO Radio’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy; WHIO Television’s John Paul and Gabrielle Enright; Natasha Williams of Channel 22/45 Television; Joseph Toyota’s Christian Hahn and Judge Anthony Cappizzi.
Thank you to El Meson for serving as one of our event sponsors. Watch for the announcement of additional sponsors. Tickets and sponsorship information is available at our secure website at www.partnersohio.com or by calling 898-3655 or 278-0791.
Thanks to everyone for their support of our 2015 Partners Fish ‘N Chip Fish Fry, from sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests, it was a somewhat soggy but very happy night for all of us, even those who patiently waited in line to enjoy our fish or sausage dinner. Tables full of raffle baskets and baked goods, our 50/50 raffle, our recliner raffle and all our casino games – everything added to a good night at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation.
Thanks to Bonham Electric and Edith Fuson for their sponsorships, Gallery Home Furnishings for the wonderful recliner, those who made donations during the event and to all our friends, families and neighbors.!
All we need for a lucky Friday, the 13th is you joining us as our Fish Fry gets underway at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights. Dinner will be served from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Our casino-style games will run until 11:00 p.m. In addition to what many of our guests say is the best fish dinner in the area, our event will also feature many Casino-style games, a great bake sale and our Raffle Basket Extravaganza with more than 30 baskets.
Tickets are $13.00 in advance and can be ordered on our secure website at www.partnersohio.com or by calling 278-0791. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.00. Proceeds benefit our shared volunteer program between Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.
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Members of Resident Home Association’s Soap Factory crew left work behind for a day recently to travel to the Cincinnati suburb of Oakley to view art by some of their fellow Resident Home artists that were on exhibit at the Brazee Street Studios, as part of the Studio’s community art project. Brazee is located in Oakley’s growing arts district.
Thomasine Hill was thrilled to see her art work on exhibit. She attends art classes at the Lohrey Center in Dayton on Tuesday and notes that those classes “finally paid off” when her work went on exhibit at Brazee.
Creative opportunities through art is one of the many experiences provided to residents by RHA’s Adult Day program, under the direction of Amanda Wallace.
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.
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!