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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 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.


Partners named Community Member of the Year

The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) presented Partners For Community Living with its Community Member of the Year Award during ceremonies in Columbus on November 4. According to OPRA, “community” is more than just the place where one lives. It’s the feeling of fellowship that can characterize any place, among any group of people. This award is dedicated to an OPRA member that best creates “community” – within and without its walls, nurturing relationships with all the populations it touches, exhibiting measurable action in:

*developing and showing appreciation for volunteers and other individuals who choose to be involved with the agency;  exceptional service to individuals served and their families; friendly and thriving relationships with vendors and other business connections;  taking advantage of opportunities offered from outside the agency to involve individuals served in the larger world; and outstanding community involvement, outreach and development.

Partners was recognized for our shared volunteer program, which is an example of our thriving and growing relationship with the community.  We partner with every college/university in our region, as well as several public and parochial schools, with churches and other community organizations and with businesses, such as Lexis Nexis, providing support that enhances the lives of every individual and providing our agencies value-added support we would not have without our volunteers. They decorate our homes for the holidays, bake cookies, play games, plant flowers, sing with us, laugh with us and sometimes cry with us. They share that most important thing –  the priceless gift of friendship.

Partners serves as the state coordinator for the Lest We Forget initiative that was responsible for the development and national distribution of an award-winning film documentary and audio documentary;  Partners has initiated and coordinated fundraising, grants, and investment/endowment building. We have brought a level of recognition and involvement from the community, including such efforts as a monthly  public access television program, an award-winning website, far-reaching social media and Facebook efforts, feature stories with local media outlets; and person-centered newsletters that have resulted in increased funding and support that directly impacts the quality of life for those we serve. One story in one newsletter generated more than $3,500 in two weeks to purchase a hearing aid for one person. Another story on Facebook resulted in the donation of a furnace for a couple.

Our annual Fish Fry, Bowl-A-Thon, and Dining with the Stars are just three examples of the depth of community relationships that Partners has developed. Ten area media personalities and community leaders join us every May for Dining with the Stars as our celebrity waiters, with sponsorships from many of our vendors and community supporters. Such is the depth of commitment from some of those community friends that they now serve on Partners Community Team (Nancy Wilson, Larry Hansgen and John and Marty Moe.)

Partners For Community Living has opened and continues to open so many doors in the community, doing so with a depth of passion that not only touches and changes the lives of those we serve but just as deeply changes the lives of those who come to us through the work of our Partners team, which includes Judy Leasure, Pam Skelly and Kelly Baker.




Ellie receives statewide award

Ellie Stephens was presented the “Behind the Scenes” Award by the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) during its annual awards and recognition ceremonies in Columbus on November 4. Following is why she was selected for the Award.

Ask anyone at Choices In Community Living who the busiest and most important person behind the scenes (and perhaps in the agency as a whole) is and there is sure to be an overwhelming response of one name – Ellie Stephens. The fact that Ellie has been exceeding the expectations and responsibilities of her job since 1997 is one reason. What she does beyond the listing in her job description is the more important reason.

Ellie’s official job title is Office Administrator and that is responsibility enough for an agency that has 300 staff and offices in four counties. Her job duties include purchasing supplies and coordinating major acquisitions, such as vans. She is the agency’s direct and well-respected link with vendors and suppliers. She knows the maintenance and other needs in every home and works diligently to make sure those needs are addressed in a timely manner, coordinating the efforts of our maintenance team. She is involved in the hiring of our maintenance team, for coordinating their work and for evaluating their performance. She is also responsible for training, supervising and evaluating the office secretary.

She knows the mileage, age and condition of every van and is instrumental in working through the paperwork associated with vehicle maintenance and purchase. She provides leadership in networking information, especially in emergencies. If something is broken or not working, the first call is always to Ellie. If something needs to be communicated, the first call is always to Ellie. If anyone needs to know anything about staff, the people we serve, vendors, board members, volunteers, and families, the first call is always to Ellie. Everything she does, down to maintaining petty cash, the postage machine and the master set of agency keys, is instrumental to the overall function of our agency.

What she does beyond her assigned job duties is instrumental to the overall feeling of family and caring that she epitomizes. Every year it is Ellie who coordinates our Holiday Happenings dinner and dance for the people we serve and their families. She serves on our Wellness Committee. She serves on our Wish List Committee, directly impacting the quality of life for those she considers members of her extended family. She works with other staff in coordinating our annual Choices Talent Show, one of our largest and most anticipated events celebrating those we serve. There is an old cliché that says “behind every great man is a great woman.”  We have a little different approach to that cliché  at Choices that says “behind our great agency is one truly great woman.” We all call her Ellie.


Turn your radio on

Partners For Community Living and Choices In Community Living will be featured on the Sunday, November 8 edition of Miami Valley View, hosted by Kim Faris.  Miami Valley View is a public affairs program of iHeart Radio in Dayton. Judy Leasure (Partners For Community Living) and Tom Weaver (Choices In Community Living) are Kim’s guests for the show on November 8.

Their interview will be on air  at 7:00 a.m. on the following iHeart radio stations:

  • WCHD 99.9 FM
  • WMMX 107.7 FM
  • WRZX 106.5 FM
  • WYDB 94.5 FM
  • WZDA 103.9 FM
  • WTUE 104.7 FM (will air at 7:30 a.m.)
  • WONE 980 AM
  • WIZE 1340 AM



Supporting PINK

The definite chill in the air on Saturday, October 17 didn’t put a damper on the enthusiastic walkers from Team Choices as they participated in the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, something they do each year.

There were 71 Team Choices walkers this year, which included employees, their families and friends. They raised $1,500 for the cause by selling pink ink pens, tickets for an everything Pink Ribbon raffle basket and making their own donations.

Always grateful and inspired by so many who reach out and support people with developmental disabilities and Choices In Community Living, this is one way employees have taken a stand to give back to the community. It’s also a chance for employees to enhance their sense of being part of a caring and generous team, at work at Choices and at work in the community!



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.


Speakers at Wright State

Wright State University’s Presidential Lecture Series for 2015-2016 is focusing on disability issues. Mark your calendars now for February 12 and March 22. The speaker on February 12 will be model, actress, contestant on Dancing with the Stars and Paralympic Bronze Medalist Amy Purdy. The speaker on March 22 will be Maysoon Sayid. Maysoon is a writer and professional stand-up comedienne.

For information about these two speakers and their presentations at Wright State, go to


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: 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!