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Self-Advocacy Conference scheduled

A two-day Self-Advocacy Conference for individuals with developmental disabilities (18 years of age and older) is scheduled for April 8 and 9 at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Drive in Kettering. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. – 4:00  and will include lunch. The Conference is being presented by the Voices of Greene County Self-Advocacy Team, the Kettering Recreation Center, Greene and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Services, and Choices In Community Living. It is open to individuals who receive services from the Greene and Montgomery County Boards of DDS.

Voices of Greene County will present disability awareness training, as well as a session on rights and responsibilities. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in an array of discovery activities, as well as information related to the steps to self-advocacy and people first language.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please contact Dave Gleason at 937-562-6505.

The Run, Walk or Roll for Self-Advocacy event will be held at the Kettering Recreation Center on Saturday, April 9. The event is open to the community and will benefit Partners For Community Living and the adaptive recreation program at the Kettering Recreation Center. To register, go to



Buch to serve at Dining

Dayton’s own Jim Bucher, also known as Buch the TV Guy, will be front and center as one of our new celebrity waiters for Partners 2016 Dining with the Stars, a celebrity waiter event. After sharing great stories and supporting many organizations during his time at WDTN Television, Buch is now the owner of, a multimedia company based in Dayton.

Buch will join WHIO Radio’s Larry Hansgen, WHKO Radio’s Nancy Wilson and Frye Guy, Channel 22/45’s Natasha Williams, Joseph Toyota’s Christian Hahn and more when Dining with the Stars gets underway at El Meson Restaurant on Sunday, May 15.

Usually closed on Sunday, Bill Castro and his enthusiastic and welcoming El Meson staff will be opening the restaurant just for our fundraising event. “We’ll have the entire restaurant so we can really make this a big event,” he shares, “and we have some new and exciting ideas for how to get our waiters involved with our guests this year. It will be a ‘must see’ event!”

Be watching for more information and be sure to mark your calendars to meet Buch and our other generous and caring waiters. Remember, they do all the hard work and then donate their tips to Partners in support of the people served by Resident Home Association and Choices In Community Living.


Join us in 2016

There’s something for everyone during 2016 as Partners For Community Living announces our Calendar of Events. Please mark your calendars now and plan on joining us at our events and activities.

*Partners Fish ‘N Chips Fish Fry – Join us at the Huber Athletic Foundation, 5367 Fishburg Road in Huber Heights on Friday, March 4. All you can eat fish (and sausage) dinner will be served from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A variety of casino-style games will be running until 11:00 p.m. Our event will also feature our Raffle Basket Extravaganza, bake sale and more. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Please contact Pam at or 937-278-0791 to order your advance tickets.

Would you like to be involved in our Fish Fry? Here are some ways you can help:  sponsor our event (your sponsorship is tax-deductible); donate items for our bake sale; donate items for our raffle baskets; volunteer the night of the event; tell  your family and friends about our event and encourage them to attend; share on Facebook.  Contact Kelly at or 937-278-0791 for more information on getting involved.

*9th Annual Art & Soul Exhibit – Join us at Toward Independence, 81 Main Street, Xenia, for the opening reception and awards ceremonies for our celebration of artists with developmental disabilities on Friday, April 8. Our 2016 sponsors to date include the Butler, Greene, Hamilton and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Entries are being accepted for consideration for this year’s exhibit until February 12. The Exhibit is open to artist s with developmental disabilities in a 22-county region in and around Dayton. Entries will be judged (juried) by a panel of Miami Valley professional artists based on artistic expression and composition. The top 40 entries will be included in the Exhibit, which will be on public display at Toward Independence until April 29. There will be cash awards and other recognition for artists.

Would you like to be involved in support of our artists? Here are some ways you can help: sponsor (tax-deductible) our event at a level of your choosing ($ 100, $250, $500, $1000); place an ad in our event program in support of an artist or group of artists or sharing your support for opportunities for accessible art experiences or for a family member or friend you would like to honor. For entry information and sponsorship/donation information, please contact Beth at or 937-708-3656.

*Kettering Recreation and Partners 5k Walk

Be watching for details about our 5k Walk in Kettering on Saturday, April 9.

*Dining with the Stars – See our celebrity waiters in action at El Meson Restaurant on Sunday, May 15, featuring outstanding cuisine, exceptional service, raffles and more. Bill Castro and his El Meson staff will provide the hospitality, our waiters will provide the excitement, and together we’ll share great food and great fun for a great cause. Joining us this year will be Nancy Wilson, Frye Guy, Larry Hansgen and more. Be watching as we announce our celebrity waiters!

Would you like to be involved in support of our celebrity waiters and Dining with the Stars? Here are some ways you can help: make a tax-deductible donation of your choosing in support of one of our waiters to show your support for him/her; sponsor our event (tax-deductible) at a level of your choosing, from $100 to $2500; donate items for our raffle baskets, share information with family and friends and encourage them to join us at El Meson. Contact Judy at or 937-898-3655 for sponsorship and other information.

*Partners Bowl-A-Thon – Join us on Friday, May 20 at Beaver-Vu Bowl in Beavercreek for a time of competitive and exciting bowling while you support the Wish Lists for Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. Our Wish Lists provide clothing, shoes, medical equipment, furniture, recreation, holiday gifts and more when there are no other funds available. Our Wish Lists are supported solely by donations and proceeds from our Bowl-A-Thon.

Would you like to be involved in our Bowl-A-Thon? Here are some ways you can get involved. Bowl with us – you can form your own four-member team or come out and join one of our teams; purchase 50/50 Jackpot tickets and have a chance to win 50% of the total amount of tickets sold; join George C. Martin Funeral Home and others as a sponsor.  Contact Judy at or 937-898-3655 for more information.

*John W. Pratt Legacy Award reception and community campaign kickoff – Join us on November 10 at a location to be announced as we present the 3rd Annual John W. Pratt Legacy Award to an outstanding individual or group who has made significant long-term contributions in support of people with developmental disabilities. 2016 recipient to be announced. Previous recipients were Vivienne Himmell and Nancy Wilson.

Would you like to be involved in honoring our Award recipient? – Here are some ways you can get involved. Join us for our reception with family and friends and help us celebrate with our recipient; make a tax-deductible donation to our 2016 community campaign; share with family and friends.

*Partners Holiday Open House/2016 Jingle Bucks drawing – Join us on Friday, December 9 at a location to be announced as we take time to say thank you to our volunteers, donors, families and friends. We’ll also draw for our winning Jingle Bucks ticket.

Would you like to be involved in support of our Jingle Bucks drawing? Here are some ways you can get involved. Help us meet our goal of selling all 500 Jingle Bucks tickets by purchasing your own, selling to family and friends and sharing new contacts for us to approach, perhaps a business or location that would allow us to post our flyers, sell tickets, etc.; tickets are just $25.00 and only 500 tickets sold.

There will be more to come so keep watching and help us share our good news about great things happening in support of people with developmental disabilities!




The gift of friendship

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The best gift for this holiday season and for this year for the men at Choices’ Lincoln Park home is the gift of friendship from students from Carroll High School. The students come by the house for dinner every month.

Wesley, Patrick, Bradley and Damien wish their friends the happiest of holiday seasons and can’t wait for more dinners, games and other activities in 2016.


Happy Holidays and Good News to our parents, providers and friends

Choices In Community Living is pleased to share that 2015 brought many changes and new opportunities to our Fun Fit programs. We have incorporated a Plus program into the traditional program at the Kettering Recreation Center. Most of the four traditional programs are at capacity, with individuals now being placed on waiting lists. We are supporting  this program by making a commitment to the purchase of three additional vans during 2016.

We are excited to announce expansion to the Vandalia Recreation Center, starting in January, 2016. Initially our Huber Fun Fit group will attend the Vandalia program on Tuesdays with their existing staff for four to six weeks. Our Englewood group will do the same on Fridays. This will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the new facility with staff and people they know. Families/homes in Vandalia area and close by may opt to change the location of their individual’s day programming to the community in which they live if they choose to do so at this time.

We are anticipating development of a second shift Fun Fit program in the upcoming year, possibly to be located at the Vandalia and Kettering Recreation Centers to meet the needs of participants both north and south. Program times have yet to be established. We welcome the input of families so we can best meet your needs, as well as the needs of individuals and homes.

This has been a year of Fun, Fitness, and Opportunity! We look forward to providing excellent day programming services to individuals throughout our community during 2016. Please contact Tom Weaver at to make suggestions and/or for additional information.

Happy Holidays from our Fun Fit participants and staff!


Honoring Nancy Wilson

Friends and colleagues came together on November 12 at El Meson Restaurant to honor K99 Radio’s Nancy Wilson as the 2015 recipient of the John W. Pratt Legacy Award. We came together to honor her for giving full measure to the word volunteer.

Dayton’s own Erma Bombeck so often filled the world with laughter with her quick wit and humorous take on the everyday things in life. Beyond the laughter, she also shared thoughts about what it means to be human. She said this about volunteers. “Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another.”

The face of compassion, unselfish caring, patience and just plain loving one another was front and center at our reception as we honored Nancy for giving full measure and meaning to the word volunteer. It seems that wherever there has been a need in the community, Nancy has always been there. She co-hosts K99’s Cares for Kids Telethon and The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon on WHIO Television in support of Dayton Children’s Hospital. She is a board member for SICSA and serves as a tutor for the Miami Valley Literacy Council.  We honored her on a November night for her contributions that have added significantly to the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities over so many years.

Nancy Banks, Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services and Dennis Grant, Executive Director of United Rehabilitation Services joined Tom Weaver (Choices In Community Living) and Pete Roll (Resident Home Association) in recognizing Nancy for her years of service to and with people with developmental disabilities.

Nancy has served as emcee for Choices’ Talent Show for almost as many years as it has been held. She has volunteered with URS, the County Board and ARC/Ohio. She was instrumental in working with Partners For Community Living to initiate the first Dining with the Stars fundraising event and she has stayed involved every year as it has developed. She serves as a member of Partners Community Team, representing and supporting us throughout the community.

John Pratt was one of the founding members of both Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. He was a strong supporter of Partners For Community Living and helped form our Endowment Fund. Three of his four daughters, Ann Schulte, Cathy Payne and Mary Ann Schulz presented the Award to Nancy at the conclusion of the ceremonies, followed by the signing of John’s favorite song, You Light Up My Life, sang to Nancy with deep gratitude by Margie Little, who is part of Choices’ extended family in Clark County.  John’s daughter Susan is a member of our Resident Home Association extended family.

The ceremonies closed with these most fitting words from Piglet to his friend Winnie the Pooh. “We’ll be friends forever, won’t we, Pooh? he asked. “Even longer,” Pooh answered. We’ll be friends forever, our wonderful Nancy, and even longer.

If you would like to honor and thank Nancy for her friendship and service with a tax-deductible donation in her honor, please forward your donation to Partners For Community Living, 1651 Needmore Road, Dayton OH 45414 or you may make a donation in her honor on our secure website by going to our Donation link.



Call for Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2016 Art & Soul juried art exhibit, celebrating the creative expressions of artists with developmental disabilities. Entries in a variety of media will be accepted until February 12. Artists may submit two entries. Professional artists from the Miami Valley will select the top 40 entries to be included in the exhibit. The exhibit provides opportunities for artists to showcase their work to a large and diverse audience, free framing (as appropriate) for their work selected for the exhibit, the opportunity to earn income through the sale of their work, and potential for cash awards during the awards ceremonies.

The opening reception and awards ceremonies will be held Friday, April 8 at Toward Independence, 81 East Main Street in Xenia. There will be cash awards for the top ten entries and recognition for all artists selected for the exhibit. The exhibit will remain on display through April 29.

The exhibit is planned and coordinated by Toward Independence and Partners For Community Living. Sponsors for our 9th annual exhibit include the Butler, Greene, Hamilton and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to Toward Independence at 81 E. Main Street in Xenia. For more information, contact Beth Esterkamp at 937-376-3996 or email at

Families and friends can support our Art & Soul artists with an ad in our Exhibit program. Share your message to an individual artist or to a group of artists and celebrate with them. Donations for ads are tax-deductible and available at $50 (1/4 page); $100 (1/2 page); $200 (full page.) You may include a photo of your artist (artists) along with your message. All donations directly support our 2016 exhibit. Please contact Pam Skelly at 937-278-0791 or no later than March 29 with your ad information.


The gift of good health

We can give ourselves and our families the gift of good health just by making a few changes …. increase the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat; eat smaller portions; get up off the couch and take a walk, even a short one. Those are some of the recommendations Susan McGovern and Erin Rowley shared during our latest Partners DATV program. Susan is Executive Director of Diabetes Dayton and Erin is Program Director/Chef.

This important community grass roots nonprofit organization provides camps for children with diabetes, a clinic, classes, support groups, resource guide, cooking classes led by Erin and an Emergency Supply Assistance Program.  They hold a Diabetes Expo each November in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month. More information about their services is available at Cooking classes are open to anyone interested in learning more about preparing healthier meals that are also delicious. Other programs are also open to the public, as well as for individuals and families with diabetes.

Susan and Erin shared that while nationally the rate of diabetes is over 9%, the rate for our region is 12%. They also noted the staggering economic costs of this disease at more than $169 billion in direct medical costs, with an estimated $69 billion in reduced productivity. The cost to individuals who face kidney disease, blindness, an increase risk of heart attacks and stroke, and amputations is immeasurable.

Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association are committed to healthier lifestyles for the people we serve, some of whom have diabetes.  We encourage staff to be creative in providing healthier menu alternatives, serving appropriate portion sizes and encouraging more physical activity. One example is Choices’ partnership with area YMCAs for our Fun-Fit program.

While we can’t eliminate diabetes completely, it is one of those diseases that we can have a significant impact on by our own actions. We join Susan and Erin in encouraging others and ourselves to make a commitment to living healthier.  Let’s make a commitment to each other and let’s make this one New Year’s resolution we keep!


When you win, they win!

jingle Collage

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.