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.
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!