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We have a Jingle Bucks winner!!!!

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for our 2014 Jingle Bucks. In our drawing held on December 12, Donald Russell of Plainview, Texas became our most recent Jingle Bucks winner.

Congratulations to Donald! We know it will be a happy holiday season for him, as it will be for all of those served by Resident Home Association and Choices In Community Living who benefit from the proceeds of Jingle Bucks.

Look ahead and join us for Jingle Bucks 2015. Contact us and let us know if you would like to be added to our Jingle Bucks mailing list or if you have family or friends who would like to receive our information.

 

Art Sponsors Announced

Partners For Community Living and Toward Independence gratefully acknowledge sponsorship support for our 8th annual Art & Soul juried art exhibit, including the Butler, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery and Warren County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Sketches Framing Shop.

Our Exhibit will be held in a new location this year at Toward Independence, 81 East Main Street in Xenia.

Exhibit dates are April 14 – April 25, with the opening reception to be held on Friday, April 17, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The reception is open to the public at no charge.

Deadline for artists’ entries is February 5. Artists with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region in and around Dayton are encouraged to submit up to two entries per artist. The top 40 artists will be named by a panel of three professional artists from our region.

For more information, please call Beth at 937-376-3996.

To become an art patron for the 2015 Exhibit, please go to the Donate button and enter your $100 donation. Remember – Art & Soul is funded in full by sponsorships and donations. Donations are tax-deductible.

 

Be a part of our 10 and 10,000

They are two very important numbers for Partners For Community Living as 2014 comes to an end. Ten is our goal for the number of new donors who will join us in saying yes during our 2015 Community Campaign. Maybe you have attended one of our events this past year or read a story that touched your heart in one of our newsletters. Maybe you watched one of our DATV programs and heard about some of the things that happened during the year. Maybe you volunteered. Maybe you thought for a moment about the people we serve and the lives they live in our community today and it made you feel good knowing that people have homes where they are comfortable and safe, that they have staff who are more than staff – they are family. Maybe you looked at someone like Bill when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame and were touched by how much he cares about others, about how strong his faith is, how he has always wanted to be a minister, not realizing that the way he lives his life in service to others is his ministry. Maybe you heard that Ron and Jan finally got their dream home, that Margie made everyone cry when she sang, that people got new shoes and new clothes and new furniture and new vans. Maybe as you think of all these things this holiday season you just might consider taking that one important step to become one of our ten new donors during our community campaign!

That other number, $10,000, is the goal we have set to make good things happen for people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association in the new year. There are those of you who say yes every year when we ask for our end of the year donations. You say yes when there is a need for funds in our Wish Lists. You say yes to attending our Fish Fry or supporting our Bowl-A-Thon. Every time you say yes you inspire us to do more and to do better, to be the kind of agencies and people that those we serve deserve, that you, our donors, deserve. You trust that we will honor you in the way we use your donations. We thank you for that trust. We thank you for that support. We thank you for helping us set that big $10,000 goal and for helping us meet it!

All donations received by December 31 are tax-deductible for 2014. Your donation stays in our community and serves people in our community – maybe someone you know, someone who lives in your neighborhood.  You can add to the quality of their lives. Your donation does not take the place of federal, state or local funding sources. It is used to meet needs when there are no other funds available.

To paraphrase The Grinch, “What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”

May this season be one of those times that means so much more to you!

 

 

 

Vivienne first recipient of John Pratt Legacy Award

A very important person for Vivienne during her awards presentation was Roger, the love of her life and her husband of more than 60 years.

A very important person for Vivienne during her awards presentation was Roger, the love of her life and her husband of more than 60 years.

The tears and sense of gratitude were overflowing on November 13 when family, friends and colleagues came together to honor decades of service to the community by Vivienne Himmell. Partners For Community Living presented Vivienne its first annual John W. Pratt Legacy Award. The Award honors an individual or group whose long-time service, advocacy and leadership follow the example of John W. Pratt, one of the founders of both Resident Home Association and Choices In Community Living and chair of Partners For Community Living’s Endowment Fund at the time of his death.

During the ceremonies, Vivienne was presented a proclamation from the Montgomery County Commission for her service on the Human Services Levy Council. She was also recognized for decades long volunteer service to the League of Women Voters, as well as her advocacy and support of people with developmental disabilities. Three of John’s daughters, Ann Schulte, Cathy Payne, Mary Ann Shultz helped make the presentations on behalf of their father and family. John’s fourth daughter, Susan, lives in a Resident Home Association home.

Vivienne worked for more than two decades as a social worker and case manager for what was then the Montgomery County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. After her retirement in 1998, she became a board member for the Resident Home Association, where she still serves in a volunteer capacity. She is also a very active member of Partners Joint Development Committee.

Vivienne was presented a scrapbook and shadow box filled with letters, notes and cards from her friends from throughout the community. As her husband and one of her three daughters sat with her, all were moved to tears as the ceremonies came to an end with the beautiful performance of Margie Little, who is supported by Choices In Clark County by Choices In Community Living. Margie sang Debbie Boone’s You Light Up My Life and dedicated it to Vivienne and all those in the room who have given so much of their lives in service to others and their community.

The ceremonies also served as the official kickoff for Partners 2015 Community Campaign, with a  goal to raise $10,000 in donations.  Donations in honor of Vivienne, in honor and memory of John Pratt, or to honor or remember someone special in your life can be made on our secure website, or may be forwarded to 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton OH 45414.

 

Donna, the Editor

donnaWe congratulate Donna Lawson on being named  the new editor of the OADSP E-flash newsletter (Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals.)  Just over two years ago Donna joined the Resident Home Association team as a Direct Support Professional (DSP.) Not only has she excelled at Resident Home and assumed the critical leadership role of Home Manager for our Kenbrook Home, she is establishing herself at the state level as a mentor and advocate for other DSPs.

She is also an active member of the DSP Council and has made presentations this year at both the Ohio Provider Resource Association state conference and the Synergy Conferences.

Congratulations to Donna and thank you for your support of Direct Support Professionals at Resident Home, Choices In Community Living and across Ohio!

 

A family visit

Being with family is what the holidays are all about, one of the reasons we have to give thanks. The ladies at Resident Home’s Springmill Home have been missing a member of their family since she retired in May. Wanda Cooley had been Home Manager at the home for 15 years. She has worked with and been a member of the family for some of the ladies for almost 25 years. Three of the ladies, Susan, Loretta and Debbie had the chance to rekindle family ties on November 7.

Wanda Cooley and Susan PrattSusan, pictured with Wanda, helped Debbie and Loretta arrange a coffee date with Wanda. Everyone was so happy to see each other and what might have been a short meeting just to say hello turned into a time of everyone talking at once, trying to catch up with everything that happened over the summer and many hugs. There were even some moments when tears were almost shed, they were so happy to be together again.

It was  such a good time that there are plans for Wanda to stop by the home to help decorate the Christmas tree. That family bond has been a hallmark of every Thanksgiving, holiday and every day since Resident Home was founded in 1966.

May that spirit of family that abounds at Springmill and throughout our Resident Home and Choices  In Community Living homes be present in your home as we celebrate the holidays and, most joyfully, celebrate family!
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Choices staff receive statewide award

The Choices IT and Management Team have been awarded the statewide Innovation Award presented in October by the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA.)  In presenting the award, it was noted that Choices was one of the agencies from across the State to be selected by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to participate in a pilot project that incorporates the innovative use of technology in association with person-centered planning.

Choices has purchased tablets to replace computers in selected homes. This provides staff flexibility and portability in such areas as reporting, documentation, and electronic MAR. The agency is fully connected in a four county service area. Staff update demographic information related to services. There is no data delay! Direct Support Professionals can collect, document and distribute all information related to the people who are served and it is immediately available to administrative, supervisory and other staff, as applicable. The importance of real-time access to client information cannot be overstated.

Choices uses Twitter for emergency communication with staff and to post job openings. They also provide Help Desk services for other agencies, including HAVAR, Ardmore, Independence of Portage County and Toward Independence that provides them live technical support to their Direct Support Professionals , managers and offices.

The IT team includes David Roustio, Ian O’Malley, Chris McLaughlin, Kristen Park and Rob Sukel. According to Executive Director Tom Weaver, it is the team work between the IT staff and the creativity of  the management team in implementing aspects of the technology effort that is responsible for the successful use of technology within the agency in support of those served and for the statewide recognition that effort is receiving.

 

A gift from CareSource

Care Source grant - DonnyThere were smiles all around on a windy morning when Joseph Smith, Community Education Team Lead, came by the Choices In Community Living office to deliver a $10,000 check to Donny Rice and Choices’ Executive Director Tom Weaver. The grant funds have been used to assist with the purchase of an accessible van for Donny and others. He shared his appreciation with Joseph and thanked him for everyone at Choices for supporting transportation. He called the new van a “dream” and just a thrill to ride in, especially in comparison to the one it replaced. “It spent more time in the shop for repair than it did on the road,” he noted of the old van.

Choices has a $100,000 goal to provide new and/or replacement vans. According to Tom, the CareSource Foundation grant is going a long way in helping meet that goal. Choices has a 40+ van fleet to meet the transportation needs of the people we serve.

The CareSource Foundation funds innovative, long-term approaches to positively impact critical health issues. They coordinate opportunities for community outreach, medical expertise, community partnerships and volunteerism.

 

Moved by the Moment

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That’s what happened when Derek (Resident Home Association) joined a group from Choices In Community Living’s  Fun-Fit program (Adult Day Services)  during a recent outing to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Museum. The Thursday group that meets at the Englewood YMCA, with support from Choices’ staff member Tara Walker, go on outings in the community. The trip to the Air Force Museum provided a memorable moment for Derek and for all of those with him. While enjoying all of the exhibits with the group that includes participants from both Resident Home and Choices, he stopped on his own when he came to the United States flag. He paused there for a moment  and in his own silent and private way honored the flag with a salute. derik

 

Join Leon for Issue 11

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Leon (Choices In Community Living) is supporting Issue 11 to continue critically needed Human Services in Montgomery County. Election Day is November 4th.

More than 50,000 people, including Leon, rely on quality human services provided by the Levy, including protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect; providing foster care for at-risk children and youth; helping children and adults with developmental disabilities; providing supportive services for people looking for work; fighting drug and alcohol epidemics; and serving frail seniors so they can remain in their own homes.

Voters are being asked to renew the current 7.2 mill levy and add one mill. The levy period is for eight years.

Do your part for Leon, his friends and those in need throughout our community by saying YES to Issue 11!