Moments that Matter March 2019

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

We are joining in this nationwide effort to help raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Please take a few minutes to watch some these great videos focused on inclusion and disability, and then spread the word! Share a video on social media, talk with your employer about job opportunities for individuals with disabilities, or become a volunteer! There are so many ways you can help ensure that individuals with disabilities in your community are welcome and included!

What does inclusion mean to you?

Redefining Inclusion: An Employer's Perspective

Hear Me! People with Developmental Disabilities Speak Out

Community-Based Exhibitions and Partnerships Expand Opportunities for Open Door Artists

Many of you are probably familiar with the exhibitions Open Door hosts in its adjoining gallery space. But, did you know that Open Door also partners with other organizations to display work in throughout the greater Columbus community? Check out a few of the other places you can see work by Open Door Artists below!

Central Ohio Transit Authority Mobility Services

Through July 28, 2018

1330 Fields Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 | Directions

Upper Arlington Public Library

Through April 27, 2019

2800 Tremont Rd., Columbus, OH 43221 | Directions

Vista: A Voyager's Vantage Point at Franklin Park Conservatory

March 9 - May 19, 2019

1777 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43203 | Directions

Travel far and wide with the artists of Open Door Art Studio e& Gallery. Vista, a Voyager's Vantage Point will take you to bustling metropolises, mountainous terrains, and tropical paradises. Book your flight and pack your bags because this exhibition is sure to inspire the adventurer in us all.

*Admission fee is waived for Open Door Artists and their accompanying families or staff who would like to view the exhibition.

Love and Friendship Celebrated at the CCHS Valentine's Day Dance

Last month, individuals supported by CCHS, their friends, families, and staff gathered for a fun evening full of dancing, sweet treats, and all things love! Take a look at a few of our favorite moments from this celebration!

Experiences Are Everything

Individuals supported by CCHS are going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals are building independence, meeting personal goals, and achieving their dreams.

Experiences Are Everything is a visual look back at some of the places we have recently explored. Enjoy!

Other News & Upcoming Events:

CCHS Individual Advisory Council Meeting

March 16, 2019 | 10am | 540 Industrial Mile Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

Join us for the next quarterly meeting of the CCHS Individual Advisory Council! The council works to ensure that both the perspective and experiences of the individuals we support are integrated into the design, management and quality improvement of our programs and services

CCHS @ UCO Industries, Inc. Welcomes New Employees to the Team

Jessica Bays (left):

Jessica has 2 dogs and 3 cats along with a passion for music, animals, and food! She enjoys helping others, going to concerts, painting, and slam poetry! Jessica loves working with the individuals we serve and enjoys her CCHS team at UCO.

Kristie Trygstad (right):

Kristie is a wife of 17 years and a mom to 4 boys. She enjoys learning from and working with the individuals we serve; she is already learning ASL from some of our individuals! Kristie is excited for her new journey with CCHS!

National Social Work Month & National Registered Dietitian Day

Our Social Services team play a crucial role by assisting individuals with accessing the emotional, social, and benefits support they need. Our Social Workers truly are leaders, advocates, and champions! In addition, our Registered Dietitian, Anne White, creates delicious meal plans with recipes that cater to the specific needs of each individual and their dietary health. You are all amazing, and we thank you for making such a big impact in the lives of the individuals we support!

Special Recognition for an Important Member of the CCHS Team

"Over the last few months as the accounting department has worked to fix a lot of the issues that resulted from errors with transitioning between payroll processors, Amanda has been the ultimate team player! Every week, Amanda has entered time sheets, helped with payroll processing, and even helped with payroll resolutions when needed. Amanda has done all this without a single complaint or asking for any sort of recognition. She has been able to do all this while staying on top of her regular job responsibilities. It’s also important to note that Amanda continues to play a critical part in ensuring that vendors are not over charging or charging for services not rendered. Amanda has been our silent champion and deserves recognition for all her hard work, dedication and discernment in her job." - Anthony Njunge, Finance Director

Taco Night at El Vaquero to Benefit CCHS

CCHS February Employees of the Month

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our January Employees of the Month. The following employees were recognized by their peers for their exemplary service and dedication.

Josephine Mensah-Dapaah (Residential): "Josephine is amazing! She always goes out of her way to ensure the ladies at Santiago have everything they want and need. She is always willing to help out when asked and always volunteers for shifts. She is an exceptional staff member and we are very lucky to have her on our team!" - Tabitha
Ayorinde Samson Adeboye (Residential): "Samson is the new lead at Kenbrook and has been amazing!! Prior to his lead promotion he was the overnight there and always volunteered for extra hours, took the guys to appointments, has always been excellent with communication, and the list goes on. The first week of his lead promotion he was already setting up house meetings and communicating with all of the staff in the house. He chose to take a weekend day as part of his schedule too, so that he could ensure things weren't being missed on the weekends. He is just truly amazing and we are so lucky to have him as part of our CCHS family!" - Tabitha
Michael Simmons (ADS): "Mike is such a strong employee for CAC and transportation. He runs multiple routes a day and does any route asked of him. When route adjustments are needed, Mike handles them with a smile; he makes the best of every situation. He is the type of employee and person we should all strive to be." - Jen
Lola Adebayo (ICF): "Lola is the epitome of a great DSP! She is constantly working and does things without even being asked. She is always very kind and never has a bad word to say. She truly has a heart for the residents that she cares for and does a great job in her apartment as well as others. A very valuable asset to the company and the folks we service!" - Christy
Nitaya Byrd (Administrative): "Nitaya has received great compliments from Nisonger Behavior Specialists and a FCBDD SSA regarding her hard work with setting up challenging locations in Supported Community Living. Nitaya has worked many long hours, going above and beyond to ensure that things were taken care of! THANK YOU!" - Becky

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