Moments that Matter June 2018

AcessABLE Community Garden Takes Shape

Thanks to the hard work of many individuals, volunteers, and staff, construction of the AccessABLE Community Garden is in progress, and the first plants have begun to grow!

Garden Update:

  • Vegetable Garden: The vegetable garden is now bordered by a 201 sq.ft. raised bed which has been partially planted and contains a variety of vegetables and fruits! We are awaiting an upcoming delivery of soil which will allow us to finish planting the remainder of the bed and interior vegetable garden.
  • Sensory Garden: Four new raised beds have been constructed and another four are currently in-progress! These beds, adjacent to a paved and covered walkway, are accessible to all and planted with bright, fragrant, textured, and tasty plants to stimulate the senses. Special thanks to Home Depot for providing upgraded raised beds at a substantial discount, freeing up funds to purchase two additional beds!
  • Sustainability: New gutters have been ordered and the rain barrels we intended to purchase were donated, allowing us to buy more plants!

About the AccessABLE Community Garden:

Led by CCHS Inclusion Specialist, Teresa Waits, and Career, Activity, & Community's Dirt Devils gardening group, the AccessABLE Community Garden is designed to bring together individuals from our programs and members of the greater community through a shared love of gardening. We hope that this approach will be mutually beneficial for those who participate; highlighting abilities rather than disabilities, learning from one another, and building an accepting and welcoming community space that everyone can enjoy.

The AccessABLE Community Garden is made possible thanks to funding received through the Franklin County Community Gardens Grant Program, and Scotts Miracle-Gro which generously donated a large amount of soil, mulch, humus, and plant food to ensure the garden has a great start.

How you can get involved:

The AccessABLE Community Garden is open to everyone, and we are always looking for volunteers to get involved! Currently we could use help with:

  • Gutter installation
  • Rain Barrel installation
  • Gardening! Planting, watering, ongoing maintenance, etc.
  • Educational opportunities for individuals

Fishing with Friends to Help Individuals Experience Joys of Fishing

Fishing with Friends is an exciting program designed to build community and promote access to the outdoors by pairing volunteers and individuals with disabilities for a day of fishing fun!

Thanks to generous support from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Aquatic Education Grant Program, Fishing with Friends will give individuals with a wide variety of abilities the opportunity to learn, practice, and catch fish in various locations throughout Central Ohio! All fishing and adaptive equipment is provided, as well as a picnic-style cookout, and volunteers will be available to provide support and companionship throughout the event.

Fishing with Friends Event Details:

  • July 5th, 2018 at Griggs Reservoir from 9a-1p
  • September 20th, 2018 at Alum Creek Reservoir from 9a-1p
  • April 18th, 2019 at O'Shaughnessy Reservoir from 9a-1p
  • June 13th, 2019 at Hoover Reservoir from 9a-1p

How you can get involved:

Community volunteers are needed to help make Fishing with Friends a success! We need volunteer support with:

  • Providing basic instruction
  • Providing friendship/companionship
  • Cooking (grilling)
  • Set-up and clean-up

This Inspired That Draws Large Crowd to Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

This Inspired That, an annual exhibition at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, is designed to promote creative collaboration between the artists we represent and local community artists.

Invited community artists hand-picked an Open Door artwork that sparked creative vision and used that spark to create a response piece. Relating to the original work through content, stylization, or subject matter, the two works are displayed side-by-side in this exhibition of artistic admiration.

This year's invited artists were: Eric Gellen, Rob Green, Cassie Koehler, Hollie Klem, Alissa Head, Eric Mullins, Jay Mueller, Alison Nocera, Nick Nocera, Carolyn Slebodnik, Melia Wolf, Catherine Bell Smith, Sue Sundry, and Melissa Volley Woods.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to Elm & Iron for their sponsorship of the exhibition. Your incredible support helps ensure the arts remain accessible to everyone!

This Inspired That will be on display through July 6th, 2018.

CCHS High School Interns Receive DSPaths Certificate of Initial Proficiency

The Community Career Connections Partnership (C3PO)- Ohio is a year-long program for high school juniors and seniors that integrates the DSPaths curriculum and an internship with local providers of specialized services. This program focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to work as a Direct Support Professional.

CCHS is proud to be a part of this innovative program that is having an impact in the lives of young people, and we hope will make a difference in the workforce shortage that many agencies are facing.

We would like to congratulate Franklin Heights High School students Antwni Richardson, Bianca Robinson, James Ryan, and Sara Smith for completing their internship with CCHS and obtaining their DSPaths Certificates of Initial Proficiency. We were honored to have been a part of your personal and professional growth!

"My experience as an intern at Park West Court Apartments/Columbus Center for Human Services was a very humbling experience. I've learned the little things I do for individuals can mean so much to them." - Sara Smith

Experiences Are Everything

If you weren't aware CCHS is going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals can build independence, meet personal goals, and achieve their dreams.

Experiences Are Everything is a new monthly look back at the highlights from places we have explored. Enjoy!

Other News & Upcoming Events:

Jane Muoki Receives Scholarship at OHCA Conference Luncheon

Congratulations again to CCHS Program Coordinator, Jane Muoki, on being awarded a $2,000 Scholarship through the Educational Foundation of the Ohio Health Care Association. She was honored during a special luncheon held during the Ohio Health Care Association's Annual Conference last month. Jane will be using her scholarship towards the completion of her MBA with a focus on Organizational Leadership.

"I would like to encourage others to pursue their education and apply for scholarships and grants. The sky's the limit!" - Jane Muoki
Before (light Blue) and After (darker blue)

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Gets a New Paint Job

In an effort to attract more community visitors to the studio, Open Door Art Studio & Gallery is undergoing some changes! We have painted the exterior with a bold, modern color, and later this week, a larger and more visible sign will be installed! Be sure to come by the studio and check out the improvements!

Special thanks to Buckeye House Painting for doing such a wonderful job!

CCHS Employees of the Month

Anessa Wolfe - "Anessa has done an excellent job as a DSP! She is dependable, picks up shifts, and works over when needed. She recently accepted a position as our Recreation/Therapy Assistant and although still in training, she is doing fabulous! Anessa breaks down barriers instead of letting them stop her. All of the individuals at Park West love having her assist with recreation activities and love having her take them out on the town." - Gretchen VanNatta, Residential Services Director

Myra, Sheryl, and Twilla - "These amazing ladies joined together to help get Open Door Art Studio individuals home when there were problems with a vehicle! They figured it out as a team and did not need to call for help! Great team effort." - Amy Yerian, Career, Activity, & Community Program Director

James Tengbeh -"Thank you for being a team player and helping out where needed. You are a great asset to the team. Keep up the great work!" - Michael Hyde, Supported Community Living Program Director

CCHS Annual Spring Formal

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm @ Career, Activity, & Community Multipurpose Room

Join us at the CCHS Spring Formal for music, dancing, refreshments, photos, and fun!

Career, Activity, & Community 10th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 from 9a to 3p at Career, Activity, & Community

Join Career, Activity, & Community as they celebrate 10 years of empowering life stories! There will be outdoor and indoor fun, including tie-dye, and desserts will be served!

Friday, June 29th, 2018 from 10a - 1p at the Union County Fairgrounds

Taco bout' FUN! UCO Industries will be holding their Annual 4th of July Picnic for employees with a fiesta feel this year!

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