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.
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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 the 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!
Our showcase Art & Soul work for October is King of The Road, a 2008 pencil drawing by Art & Soul artist Frank from Batavia, Ohio. Frank works in a variety of media. His work includes architectural and historical renderings, landscapes and more. He has been featured in seven Art & Soul Exhibits and has had several one man exhibits. One of his pieces was featured in an International Very Special Arts Festival. He is a self-taught artist who also enjoys classical music. He has taught himself to play the recorder and small flute.
Professionally matted and framed, King of The Road was featured in the 2009 Art & Soul Exhibit. It is now available for sale for $125 + shipping, with 75% to go directly to the artist and 25% to support the annual Art & Soul juried art exhibit for artists with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region.
Our showcase piece, along with other work by Frank, is available at the offices of Choices In Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton, Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 or it can be ordered by contacting Partners For Community Living at 937-898-3655. Sales are final.
Sponsorships and donations are now being accepted for our 8th Annual Art & Soul Exhibit, to be held in April, 2015. Be watching for more details. Sponsorships and donations may be made on our secure website at www.partnersohio.com.
Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association extend our deepest appreciation to The Dayton Foundation for a recent grant to each agency to assist with funding for critically needed vans. The Presidential Grant for Community Integration through Transportation was funded by the Robert and Jean Penny Endowment Fund and the Tri-River Employers Healthcare Coalition Endowment. Currently Resident Home has 16 vans, while Choices has more than 40.
The need to provide accessible, safe and reliable transportation remains one of the top priorities for both agencies. With minimal funding from federal, state and local sources to meet the transportation needs of people served by the agencies, grants like the ones awarded by The Dayton Foundation are key to us maintaining community integration and involvement.
Attention Amazon shoppers!
You can now enjoy your online shopping with Amazon AND support people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association.. We are now part of the amazonsmile Foundation, a program operated by Amazon that generates donations for nonprofit organizations like ours.
When making your purchases note that you would like to support Choices In Community Living in their amazonsmile effort. They will then make a donation to us that will support Partners, Choices and Resident Home.
Remember that you can also support us by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program. See more information about that program on our website.
Our performers for our 2014 Choices Talent Show have been hard at work with rehearsals so that this year’s event will make sure all our guests have a great time. They invite you to be their guests as our Talent Show gets underway at 6:30 on Friday, October 10, at Northview School, 8114 North Main Street.
There will be dancing, comedy and musical interpretations of some oldies but goodies as well as current hits. It’s a community tradition more than two decades in the making.
At the helm of our Show this year will be the greatest emcee in the Miami Valley and our great friend Nancy Wilson, of K99 Radio. It wouldn’t be a Talent Show without her, our great performers, judges and enthusiastic audience.
Nancy is pictured with Andrew following his performance at our 2013 Talent Show.
Did you know that people with disabilities have the highest rate of unemployment in the United States, with only an estimated 12% employed in integrated community jobs?
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that the 2014 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October is Expect – Employ – Empower. The goal of the national recognition is to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate American workers with disabilities.
We honor employers in our region and across Ohio who support employment opportunities for hard-working, dependable and loyal employees with disabilities.
Bill Eakman (Resident Home Association) won’t soon forget what happened to him when he attended the WWE Smackdown at the Nutter Center. Amanda Wallace and Kenneth Hilliard took some die-hard wrestling fans on the outing at the Nutter Center, where everyone had a great night.
No one had quite the night that Bill had. He considers WWE star John Cena one of his personal heroes and just seeing him in person was a big thrill for him. An even bigger thrill came when John Cena spotted Bill in the audience and came over, gave him a hug, and posed for photos. It’s a moment Bill will never forget and now John is even more of a hero to him, just as Bill, who was inducted into the Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame this April, is a hero to so many people.
It’s not the big things that matter most in life – it’s the smallest and warmest of moments that linger in our hearts. Bill’s heart is overflowing with excitement and joy from a small and warm moment spent with one of his heroes.
Thank you, John Cena, for bringing him so much happiness!
Did you know that funds from the Montgomery County Human Services Levy directly impacts the lives of people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association?
The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services in one of the agencies supported by the county-wide levy, with funds then channeled to agencies like Choices and Resident Home for residential, transportation and adult day services.
On November 4 you can be a part of continuing that funding by voting for the Human Services Levy. If the levy passes, most critical services will continue. If it fails, about $750 million a year – more than half the funding for our county’s human services – will be lost. Voters are being asked to renew the current 7.2 mill levy and to add one mill, which is about $3.00 more a month on a $100,000 property. Remember, early voting starts on October 7. For more information, go to www.ProtectHumanServices.com.
If you would like to be a part of helping with the community effort for passage of this important Levy by serving as a phone bank volunteer, please contact Mary Berger at (937) 837-9213.
Chris, Derek, Jeff and Thomasine broke their all-time best soap making record of 75 gallons in just over 3 hours! A concerted effort by the team got everyone working together to get the job done! Thomasine was quoted as saying “we’re going to get to 3000”. There is no stopping this team of dedicated workers. Chris stated “we’re out of labels” but even that minor delay did not slow anyone down today. Their temporary supervisor Nafeesa was overheard saying there were no clean towels, but again another snafu did nothing to impact the teamwork going on at the RHA office. Derek was seen staying on task the entire day, while Jeff has completely rebounded from his recent illness.
Congratulations to this team of dedicated workers!
The Soap Factory started out as a brainchild of Kris Bergman, who is Home Manager at RHA’s Garber Road home. She found a recipe somewhere, either online or in a newspaper, about how to make inexpensive but good laundry detergent. She experimented by making detergent for the Garber home a couple of years ago.
Last summer we were looking to add a small day hab program (Adult Day Services) and Kris’ idea seemed to be just what we were looking for. Program Manager Vicki Servais and Day Services Coordinator Amanda Wallace approached the people we serve to see if any of them would be interested in making laundry detergent, which would include being paid for doing it.
We had a yes from four people, Thomasine Hill, Chris Martin, Derek Landes and Mike Wood. They came up with the name for their company and thus The Soap Factory was established. They meet every other Friday in our offices to make their detergent, which is then used in all of our homes in place of detergents purchased from stores. Not only does it save us money for laundry supplies, Thomasine, Chris, Derek and Mike are now Resident Home paid employees, with Amanda serving as their supervisor.
The best work day was when these employees made 70 gallons of detergent in one day. The average is 30 gallons a day. They make their detergent for about 70 cents a gallon. Ingredients include shredded bar soap, Fels Naptha, Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and lots of water. According to Amanda, the product has really been welcomed at all the homes. “It does as good as or even a better job than expensive brand name laundry detergents,” she said. “It really gets out our difficult stains.”