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Moments that Matter June 2019

Mission, Vision, & Core Values Updates

As many of you know, we have been working hard on creating a new, innovative model for our adult day program, Career, Activity, & Community thanks to a grant provided by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Throughout the exploratory and planning phases of this work, we came to realize that our mission, vision, and core values were outdated, and no longer truly represented who we are as an organization, and what we would like to be in the future.

Therefore, we are proud to share with you our newly updated mission, vision, and core values:

Our work is guided by our mission, vision, and values, and we hope to represent them in each and every interaction that we have.

Bridge 2 Equality Rally at the Ohio Statehouse

On May 16, 2019 the community gathered for a second rally in support of individuals with disabilities and the Direct Support Professionals who care for them.

Bringing together individuals, families, legislators, providers, and advocates, the tone for this rally was mostly positive with speakers thanking lawmakers for their support of the state budget proposal. The budget, if passed, would provide much needed additional funding for Direct Support Professionals.

We would like to thank all of the individuals, families, and staff who came out to show their support for this important cause.

AccessABLE Community Garden & Farmer's Market Update

Paint Party

Individuals, staff, and volunteers recently gathered to give the AccessABLE Community Garden's main raised bed a colorful make-over!

We think it turned out beautifully. Be sure to stop by and see the results for yourself!

Growing Progress

Spring has been a busy time in the AccessABLE Community Garden. The Dirt Devils, our gardening group from Career, Activity, & Community, along with our volunteers, have been working hard and we are starting to see the results!

This year the garden has added:

  • 24 raised beds along an existing chain link fence for growing vining crops
  • 7 raised beds that are completely wheelchair accessible
  • A 7-level raised strawberry planter
  • Apple, Pear, and Plum trees for fruit production
  • Numerous adaptive gardening tools
  • A large storage shed to secure gardening equipment
  • An outdoor greenhouse to enable year-round production

Our garden is open to the community! If you or someone you know would like to get involved, please let us know, or sign-up to be a volunteer!

Farmer's Market

We are excited to announce the launch of the AccessABLE Community Garden Farmer's Market!

The market will be open every Tuesday and Friday from 10:30a-1p beginning on July 2, 2019 (directions). All produce will be available at no-cost to help those who need it in our community, however donations will gladly be accepted.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Artists' Work to be Displayed at the Milestones National Autism Conference

Congratulations to Open Door Art Studio & Gallery artist Tommi Lee Gillard who recently had her work selected for display at the Milestones National Autism Conference taking place at the Cleveland I-X Center on June 11-12, 2019.

Arc of Ohio Day at Cedar Point

Individuals supported by CCHS had the opportunity to take a road trip to Cedar Point thanks to the discounted tickets provided by Arc of Ohio!

Everyone who went had a great time! Take a look:

Planting Day at Park West

The grounds at Park West Court Apartments received a sprucing up thanks to the hard work or our staff and volunteers as well as the generous support of our friends at Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter!

Harvey Wolff Stars in Production at Garden Theater

Park West Court Apartments' own Harvey Wolff, gave a wonderful performance in the recent play, Understanding Your Pet with Dr. Marla Brett at The Garden Theater! He was well supported by a great group of friends cheering him on in the audience! Way to go, Harvey!

Caring A Tune at Park West Brings Smiles in the Sensory Garden

Caring A Tune returned to Park West, this time taking place in the sensory garden! Individuals sang their favorite songs to the instrumentals of the gracious Brian Clash!

Experiences Are Everything

Other News & Upcoming Events:

Congratulations to Jane Muoki, SCL Program Coordinator, on attaining her MBA with a concentration in Organizational Leadership!

UCO Memorial Day Deep Clean

Great teamwork was displayed by the staff at UCO during their Memorial Day deep clean! Now, the entire kitchen including refrigerators, microwaves, and stove are spotless! Great job!

Aktion Club Donation Supports Summer Camp for Children

On May 23, 2019, members of the Kiwanis Aktion Club of Franklin County met with Captain Rafael Viana of the Salvation Army Hilltop Corp. Club members presented Capt. Viana with a check for $250 to help sponsor children for the Salvation Army Summer Camp held at Camp Swoneky in Wilmington, Ohio. Featured in the picture from the left are Kay Senft, Advisor, Gillian Kaufman, Secretary, Ron Rammage, Telisa Jarrell, Jeff Gauthier, Charles Porter, Vice-President, and Captain Rafael Viana.

Disability Rights Ohio Fundraiser in Partnership with Open Door and Sunapple Studios

June 8, 2019 from 2-6 pm at Disability Rights Ohio (Directions)

Disability Rights Ohio has partnered with Open Door Art Studio & Gallery, Sunapple Studio and other local artists for this wonderful event. Visit the DRO office and enjoy an afternoon of art created by local artists with disabilities, then step right outside to explore the Columbus Arts Festival.

Fishing with Friends at Deer Creek

On June 13, individuals supported by CCHS, along with a great group of volunteers, will gather at Deer Creek Reservoir for a day of fishing and fun!

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

Walk of Fame Opening Reception

July 13, 2019 from 5-7 pm at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery (Directions)

Prepare yourself for a celebrity sighting! Walk of Fame invites you to take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and absorb all the glitz and glamour. With this exhibition of celebrity portraits, you are sure to spot your favorite Hollywood heartthrobs and stunning starlets - so get your cameras ready!

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery would like to extend a special thanks to exhibition sponsors Mary & Bill Schmertz.

CCHS May Employees of the Month

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

Shane Ingles (Admin): "An individual from October Ridge stated that he had an amazing time riding to and hanging out at Cedar Point! He said Shane made it extra fun." - Gretchen
Betty Spradlin (Residential): "Betty goes above and beyond to help her co-workers and just has such a positive attitude that it is nice to be around her. Betty approaches everything that she does with a "Can Do" attitude. She is so thorough and follows through to make sure that everyone is on the same page. She is wonderful with the individuals; so patient and calm. She needs to know how appreciated she is!" - William
Mary Adebisi Awoniran (Residential): "We are very pleased with Mary's pleasant personality, she is a great worker. It is a joy to have her working there. She went grocery shopping and was very thrifty. She does a great job and really loves working with the guys. We thank the lord for all the staff." - Mr. & Mrs. Stahl (David's Parents)
Sean Moore (ADS): "While attending the exhibition tonight, I had the opportunity to speak to an artist's family. Without knowing who I was they began to state how Open Door has been the life saver for their daughter. They stated that Sean is absolutely amazing and that he always goes above and beyond to assist. They are very grateful for Sean and stated there could not be anyone better on their eyes! Awesome job and thank you Sean!" - Rebecca
Juliette Yutzy (ADS): "I was complimented by the State Highway Patrol officer on the cleanliness and level of preparation of the Union County vehicles when they were presented for inspection. Thanks for the extra effort." - Victoria

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