Moments that Matter September | 2019

DSPs Honored as Our VIPs at Setting the Stage for Success

Our Direct Support Professionals inspire the life journeys of those we support every day. Each year, we give back and give thanks for all of their hard work with a celebration in their honor.

This year's event, Setting the Stage for Success, was the best yet! Thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors, DSPs and their families enjoyed a talent show, music, fun outdoor activities, and had the chance to win some great prizes!

Event Highlights:

A HUGE thank you our event sponsors:

Shared Vision Draws Crowds and Attention to Artists Working at Open Door and Across Ohio

Eight Ohio studios serving artists with developmental differences are currently being showcased in the Ohio Craft Museum’s exhibition, Shared Vision: Passions of the Human Spirit.

On view August 18–October 6, this show features work in a variety of media, highlighting the collaborative nature of each studio, and emphasizing the intersection of their work and their mission.

Studios represented include: Passion Works Studio, Goodwill Art Studio, Open Door Art Studio, Sunapple Studio, Planet Joy Studio, Soaring Arts, Visionaries and Voices, and Thunder-Sky, Inc.

See the Exhibition:

Ohio Craft Museum | 1665 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, OH 43212

Mon. - Fri. 10a-5p and Sat. - Sun. 1p-4p

A Season of Growth in the AccessABLE Community Garden

As fall approaches and the summer harvest season winds down, we are taking time to reflect on the impact the garden has had in the lives of those it has touched.

Danielle Williams, Dirt Devils Gardening Group Member:

"I just LOVE it! Planting cabbage, eating the greens, and the Chinese eggplant...mmm! Can't wait for the sweet potatoes so we can make soup! I also get cuttings every week to take home for my own garden at Park West. The scented geraniums are my favorite!"

Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Program Manager:

"It's wonderful to see you adapting the garden to its space. I often see gardens trying to mimic what they've seen in photos or other gardens. But here, you haven't tried to force a preconceived plan; instead you are working with what you already have. It's a little bit of Eden."

Sarah Lenkay, Former Strategic Projects Director, Mid-Ohio Foodbank:

"I visited Friday – and WOW – it looked beautiful! Nice job – I look forward to seeing how your program continues to grow!"

Teresa Waits, AccessABLE Community Garden Manager:

"Being out in the garden each day sometimes makes it hard to see the progress. But, when I stop and think about what the garden looked like when we started it two years ago, last year even, I am just amazed at all that we have accomplished. The Farmer's Market has really been beneficial for the individuals as well. They are greeting customers, talking with them about the garden and what we're growing, helping them carry and load up their items; its just been so wonderful to see. And the community has been so supportive. We have started getting repeat customers at the Farmer's Market, and have developed some great relationships. We even have some who come to pick their own produce! We're also excited to partner with the local daycare down the street to provide education and opportunities for their kids in the garden next year!"

2019 Garden Season Highlights:

None of this would be possible without the support of these incredible partners:

Experiences Are Everything

Our visual look back at all of the places we've been and the fun we've had over the last month! Enjoy!

Other News & Upcoming Events:

Volunteer Spotlight: Khadija Ibrahim

Khadija is completing an internship in our Social Work department as she pursues a degree from The Ohio State University. As a former DSP here at CCHS, she says she reached out to us for an internship opportunity because she "loves the company and what it stands for."

Khadija is enjoying "learning about how to provide the best possible services to those who need them the most." When she is not volunteering, you can find her attending classes, studying, or spending time with her family.

Kiwanis Aktion Club Volunteer at Stuff the Bus

Members of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Franklin County volunteered at Stuff the Bus, an annual school supply collection for 10 local schools done in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Hilltop! In the photo below, new Aktion Club member, Amy Flanagan, is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Kiwanis Club of Hilltop by Aktion Club Vice-President, Charles Porter.

An Update on Quality Improvement:

In August we focused on Supported Community Living (SCL). This year we gave stakeholders a chance to rate our services to individuals separate from the scheduling of staff. Regarding services, there was a lot of agreement between the different groups of staff and family. The average ratings for Quality, Responsiveness, Punctuality, Professionalism and Environment were all a solid B+! It was significant that the Franklin County SSAs that responded gave some of the highest ratings among all groups.

Both DSPs and SCL Administrative groups seemed to agree that they would like to see some improvement in the Scheduling Process. The leadership team will be evaluating ways to handle their high volume of calls in the coming weeks! - Craig Gladwell, Director of Quality Improvement

For CCHS Employees: All Employee Benefits Day

Please mark your calendars and save the date for CCHS' Annual Employee Benefits Day!

Franklin County Staff: September 26 & 27, 2019 at the Corporate Office

Union County Staff: September 27, 2019 at UCO Industries, Inc.

Please see your typical schedule for the time you will be required to attend. Annual Employee Benefits Day is mandatory for all employees, regardless of whether you choose to have benefits through CCHS or not.

New This Year: Flu Shots Available

  • If you have health insurance through CCHS, your flu shot will be free of cost.
  • If you have health insurance through another carrier, your flu shot will most likely be free of cost. For questions about your specific insurance and the out-of-pocket cost (if any), please contact: ahart@crosbysdrugs.com.
  • For those without health insurance, the cost of a flu shot will be $23.95. Cash and credit cards will be accepted for payment

Flu shots will only be provided to those who sign-up! Please click on the button below to let us know you'd like one!

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Planned for October

Our volunteers have given their time, energy, and talents to enhance the lives of those we support. We are showing our appreciation by hosting a luncheon in their honor!

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 12 pm - 1 pm

Where: CCHS Corporate Offices (directions)

All volunteers attending this special appreciation event will receive a t-shirt, specially designed by one of the artists we support, and printed by CCHS Screenprinting!

Invitations have been sent to all of our volunteers, but if for some reason you did not receive one, please let us know!

CCHS July Employees of the Month

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our August Employees of the Month. The following employees were recognized by their peers for living out our mission, vision, and core values in their work:

Whitney Clark (Admin): "Whitney has assisted with many SCL concerns by working diligently with individuals and their families. She has created detailed plans of action that have led to individuals receiving better services. She is responsive, empathetic, and willing to pitch in to ensure concerns are addressed." - Becky
Carly Morlan (Residential): "Ms. Casey's van did not show up to get her this morning and she waited very patiently and then she became upset. Carly took the time to talk with her and volunteered to get her to her day program. She then made sure that she got a vehicle that Ms. Casey would be comfortable in. Ms. Casey was excited that she was going to make it to her program. Thank you Carly for inspiring her life journey!!!!" - Tobi
Fred Bowers (Residential): "Fred has worked at Hiler, leading that team for many years. He not only ensures basic needs are met but has assisted the guys to achieve their goals in life. Most recently, the SSA, hospital, and other outside folks reported that of all their homes, they always know that Hiler is well cared for and that they live good lives!!!" - Becky
Rita Hager (ADS): "Rita consistently spreads kindness to all around her. She has assisted many to meet their goals in community settings. Most recently, Rita was faced with situation which she could have easily ignored, but she stepped right up and acted with pure INTEGRITY! Thank you for being a role model to all who look up to you Rita!" - Becky
Jocelyn Haynes (ADS): "Jocelyn is a true team member. She assists, offers breaks, organizes, and covers when needed. She gets along great with the individuals and engages them in their favorite activities. She is usually the first to volunteer, and is willing to help wherever needed without complaint." - Amy

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