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Moments that Matter October 2018

Bridge 2 Equality Rally Builds Momentum & Unity in Support of Individuals & DSP's

CCHS recently joined hundreds of others at the Ohio Statehouse for the Bridge 2 Equality rally, bringing awareness to the direct support workforce crisis facing individuals with disabilities.

Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) are instrumental in helping individuals with disabilities gain equality. Their interdisciplinary scope of practice includes a wide range of supportive services to individuals on a day-to-day basis, including habilitation, health needs, personal care and hygiene, employment, transportation, recreation, housekeeping and other home management-related supports, that make it possible for individuals to live and work in their communities and lead self-directed, meaningful lives.

Individuals who rely on the specialized services of Direct Support Professionals are finding that support is increasingly hard to come by. Service providers, like CCHS, are struggling to recruit and retain enough DSP's to meet the growing demand for their services. Often working multiple jobs or excessive overtime hours to make ends meet, just to earn a living wage, many DSP's are being forced to leave the field. This exodus has left many individuals without services or with a revolving door of new faces providing their care.

CCHS stands with individuals, families, DSP's, and many others working to find solutions to address this workforce crisis. The individuals we support deserve better, and the DSP's who care for them deserve compensation equal to their scope of practice. The Bridge 2 Equality Rally was just the beginning, and we will be working hard to ensure the legislature hear our voices as they work on the upcoming state budget. Please join us and lend your own voice and support to this important conversation.

Fishing Fun for Everyone at Fishing with Friends!

Individuals supported by CCHS and volunteers from the community joined together for a great day of fishing fun at Alum Creek Reservoir! While we didn't catch 'the big one', almost everyone caught at least one fish, and more importantly, everyone had a great time!

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the many wonderful volunteers who gave their time to help our individuals find fishing success and make new friends! Our next Fishing with Friends event will be held in April, so stay tuned for more details!

Fishing with Friends has been made possible thanks to generous funding provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

New Sensory Park Coming Soon for Individuals Living at Park West Court Apartments

Thanks to the incredible hard work of our allied health professionals, individuals, and generous support from families and the community, the individuals at Park West Court Apartments will soon be able to enjoy a new sensory park in their own courtyard!

When complete, this colorfully designed park will be a wonderful place for individuals to enjoy activities, make music, and interact with their families, staff, and visitors alike.

If you would like to lend your support, please consider making a tax-deductible, in-kind gift of tree(s) to the Park West Court Apartments Sensory Park. Located next to a busy road, the addition of trees will provide privacy, noise reduction, and added shade, and will have a lasting impact on the individuals' ability to fully enjoy the park's activities. Monetary donations are also welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

You're Invited to Join Open Door Art Studio & Gallery for Are You Afraid of the Art? Pitch Black!

Are You Afraid of the Art? Pitch Black showcases creepy crawly works dominated by the color black. With pieces featuring black cats, spooky bats, and witches’ hats, there is sure to be something to melt even the coldest of hearts! Coinciding with their annual masquerade event, this is the perfect opportunity to eat, drink, and be scary!

Opening Reception Details:

Saturday, October, 20th, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and other awesomeness made possible by a generous donation from Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter!

Open Door Gives Back: For this year’s Are You Afraid of the Art? Open Door is collecting donations for one of our artists’ favorite places to volunteer, CHA Animal Shelter. Some items that you can consider bringing to drop off are canned dog or cat food, all sizes of fleece blankets, bath towels, Nylabones, cat toys, and paper towels.

Costume Contest: Inviting all crazy-cute costumes, frightening fashions, and everything in between to participate in the biggest costume contest that Open Door has ever hosted! Amazing prizes have been donated by our friends at Halloween Express! We will register costumed entrants until line up takes place at 6:15 pm. Winners will be announced at 6:30 pm.

Pet Costume Contest: Calling all paws for our first-ever pet costume contest! This contest is open to all pets as long as he or she “plays nice with others”. Any pet showing aggression will be asked to leave. Fun prizes have been donated by our friends at Pet People as well as other pet-loving folks! We will register your costumed creatures until line up takes place at 5:45 pm. The winner will be announced at 6:00 pm.

Leaf Pile by Dan Buban
Hansel and Gretel by Tessa Robbertz
Want Some Candy? by Karia Karia
House on the Hill by Kristy Stepp

Are You Afraid of the Art? Pitch Black will be on view from October 20th - November 30th, 2018.

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 DSP's Attend Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals Recognition Event

The Annual Ohio Direct Support Recognition Event coincided with National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. More than 400 DSPs from around Ohio including many from CCHS enjoyed a day that included lots of fun, lots of spirit, and stimulating and creative programs centered around the theme "DSP's Have Game"!

Zayne Harshaw to Perform at Park West Court Apartments

Join us for an incredible live show featuring the music of blues guitarist Zayne Harshaw!

October 9th, 2018 from 5-7 pm at Park West Court Apartments (directions). $2 cover charge includes refreshments and awesome music!

October is National Physical Therapy Recognition Month!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Physical Therapist, Wendy Greenwood for her hard work and dedication to help our individuals improve their mobility so they can live their lives to the fullest!

We appreciate her, and if you do too, please leave her a kind word by filling out the form below!

Send a Thank You Note to Melissa!

We would also like to recognize our Occupational Therapist, Melissa Duckworth, for her outstanding work in helping to create the Sensory Park. She has spent many hours on her days off creating the beautiful painted signs, benches, and other activities in the park.

In addition to providing occupational therapy services, Melissa goes above and beyond to enhance the lives of the individuals we support. This year alone she has: made dresses from scratch for the Spring Formal, created beautiful stained glass windows at Park West, and led the effort to create the sensory park you saw above! Show her some love with a special thank you note by filling out the form below!

CCHS September Employees of the Month

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

Inez Erskin (Residential): "I was with an individual at the OSU wheelchair clinic on 9/19/18. His new wheelchair was not quite right and needed to be taken back to the shop for tweaking before it could be accepted. He refused to get out of the new chair and back into his old chair. We tried everything! Finally, I called Inez on speaker phone. She immediately got him laughing and talked him into getting back into his old chair. We never could have done it without her. She was a true lifesaver BY PHONE NO LESS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I honestly do not know what I would have done without her!"
Shawnna Dickerson (Residential): "Shawnna always does her cleaning duties so well the whole house smells awesome and visitors notice it. She's so fast that her work ethic allows her to then do extras with each resident. She takes each of the girls out one on one. She's built a rapport with them and more than once the girls have told me that she makes them feel SAFE and happy. Joking with each and turning their attitudes from ho-hum to joyful. I enjoy her as a co-worker because she always helps me learn the patterns of the work flow here at Johnstown. She is aware of the area and can give directions to parents and counselors. She is aware of personalities and likes and dislikes and cooks to meet those with simple things like knowing who doesn't onions. Her work ethic fantastic and is constantly aware of our ladies and ensures that their environment is clean and safe."
Carson Stobart (Day Services): "Carson is the nurse for Career, Activity, & Community (CAC). But, she is SO much more! She takes care of the medical needs of every individual at CAC everyday by herself and she does it with so much love and compassion! The individuals seek her out because she cares so deeply about them and they know this in their hearts. She is one of the kindest people that I have ever met. I recently took on a Non-Medical Route picking up 3 to 4 individuals and taking them home. It puts me very behind on my work in the kitchen/dining room. But Carson takes time out of her schedule to help me out often, with sorting dishes and taking out trash. She is such a wonderful person and the true meaning of what a team player is everyday. She is selfless and humble. And she is truly loved by so many."
Tiffany Price (Day Services): "Tiffany is a great addition to our staff here at UCO/CCHS. She has a great attitude, and is always willing to help without hesitation. She works on the floor with the individuals and also works transportation. Her skills as a driver are excellent."
Whitney Clark (Administrative): "I want to thank Whitney for helping find people to sit with an individual at the hospital."

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