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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: Jeff, Thomasin, Derek and Chris stand proud with their record breaking 75 gallons of laundry soap.

The Soap Factory: Jeff, Thomasine, Derek and Chris stand proud with their record breaking 75 gallons of laundry soap.

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.”


B I N G O …. and Bingo is our Game-O

Bingo is one of our favorite activities coordinated by our shared volunteer program and Pam Winston, our Volunteer Coordinator. We have Bingo once a month, due to the energetic and enthusiastic efforts of volunteers from the Active Minds Service Club from the University of Dayton. We are filled to capacity (up to 38 players) every month. We always have a waiting list for residents and clients who would like to join us.

Our players are very competitive and love winning, especially being able to choose their own prizes. At the end of each evening of Bingo everyone enjoys popcorn and pop. It’s also a great opportunity to make and build friendships between Resident Home residents and Choices clients who enjoy spending time together – just one of the great benefits that comes with our partnership efforts!

We invite our families, friends and readers to be a part of our Bingo games by donating small items we can use for our prizes. Our players really enjoy any and all baseball caps, music CDs (especially country and classical), DVD movies (old or new) and PG or G rated, gift cards for a McDonald’s meal or similar gift cards. Your donation of items will be greatly appreciated, you may make a designated donation and we will purchase prizes on your behalf OR you can choose to sponsor our Bingo games for a year with a $300 tax-deductible sponsorship.  Just click on our Donate button on our secure website to make a designated donation or to sponsor great nights of fun at our Bingo games for 2013.

Please contact us at for more information. Our Active Minds volunteers and our boisterous Bingo players thank you!