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Moments that Matter December 2018

AccessABLE Community Garden to Build Pathway, Improving Accessibility for Wheelchairs

Thanks to funding provided by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy, this spring, construction will begin on a new concrete pathway in the AccessABLE Community Garden! This pathway, when complete, will provide access to the garden's raised vegetable beds for all individuals, including those who use wheelchairs for mobility!

Along with the funds to build the concrete pathway, Scotts Miracle-Gro also donated a substantial amount of product in the form of garden soil, topsoil, mulch, plant food, and humus & manure! These generous in-kind gifts will make the next growing season an even bigger success!

Although it is winter now, spring is just around the corner and we are looking for a few green thumbs to volunteer in the garden for the upcoming 2019 growing season! If you are interested in volunteering with the AccessABLE Community Garden please let us know by filling out this short application. Thank you!

Join Us at the Opening Reception for Itsy Bitsy Teeny Tiny; Open Door Art Studio & Gallery's Latest Exhibition

Take out your magnifying glass to find an affordable piece of art for that special someone in your life! Itsy Bitsy Teeny Tiny presents a variety of petite works of art that serve as the perfect gift for the holiday season. What’s more? These tiny pieces have prices to match!

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 5 - 7pm at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery (directions)

Can't make it to the opening reception? Not to worry! Itsy Bitsy Teeny Tiny will be on view December 8, 2018 - January 4, 2019.

Itsy Bitsy Teeny Tiny has been made possible thanks to generous support from Linda & Nate Griffin in honor of Amber Griffin.

Additional thanks to Gateway Film Center, High Bank Distillery Co., and the North Market for their donation of prizes to be raffled off at the opening reception.

On Display in Expressions Gallery: I'm A Snack, work by Karia Karia

Expressions: An Artist Curated Gallery Space features exhibitions created, curated, and marketed by our artists! When you visit Open Door for an opening reception don’t miss out on viewing the amazing work in Expressions as well!

CCHS Executive Director Works to Inspire Change in New Leadership Roles

We would like to congratulate our Executive Director, Rebecca Sharp, on her recent appointment to the Board of Directors of Ohio Centers for Intellectual Disabilities. In addition, she has also been elected Vice President of Bridge 2 Equality.

On the Board at OCID, Rebecca will be working to make sure that new and existing regulations reflect the true needs of providers and the individuals they support.

As Vice President of Bridge 2 Equality, Rebecca will be working hard to raise awareness and educate community members about the role of Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) and their impact in the lives of individuals. In addition, she will be working with legislators and other decision-makers to lobby for adequate funding that will enable DSP's to earn a living wage.

We are honored to have an Executive Director who is so actively involved in issues affecting the disability community!

Be A Holiday Hero for an Individual in Need

The holiday season is just around the corner and while you may be looking forward to spending time with family and friends, enjoying your favorite meals, and exchanging gifts, for many adults with developmental disabilities, the holiday season is an especially lonely time, and holiday cheer can be hard to find.

Many of the individuals we support do not have families to celebrate this joyous season with. There will be no special visits or gifts delivered in the mail. Most are living on a fixed income, far below the poverty line, making it difficult for them to get simple items we often take for granted.

But, you can help an adult with developmental disabilities have a brighter holiday season this year!

Join with the staff, volunteers, and supporters of Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc., and Be A Holiday Hero! Your contribution of just $40 will help us provide a wonderful holiday meal and gifts for an individual in need. Bring a smile to their faces during this season of giving.

With $3,325 left, we are over halfway to our Holiday Hero campaign goal! But, we need your help to reach it!

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 Annual Holiday Celebration - December 8, 2018

Deck the Halls! The CCHS Holiday Decorating Contest is in Full Swing!

Each year, CCHS holds a Holiday Decorating Contest to get everyone in a festive mood for the season! Voting doesn't take place until December 11th, but here's a sneak peek at some of the incredible competition!

CCHS Gives Back to the Community - Food Drive

During the holidays, there are many who are without homes, unable to feed their families, or in great need. That is why this year, CCHS will holding its first annual food drive! We are collecting canned foods and non-perishable food items to donate to those in need.

You may drop-off donations at any of the following locations:

  • CCHS Corporate Office & CAC - 540 Industrial Mile Rd., Columbus, OH 43228 (map)
  • Park West Court Apartments - 600 Industrial Mile Rd., Columbus, OH 43228 (map)
  • Open Door Art Studio & Gallery - 1050 Goodale Blvd., Columbus, OH 43212 (map)
  • CCHS @ UCO Industries - 16900 Square Dr #110, Marysville, OH 43040 (map)

Thank you, and we appreciate your support!

Caring A Tune Returns - Christmas Caroling

A special Christmas caroling edition of Caring A Tune will take place on December 11, 2018 at 2pm beginning at Park West Court Apartments. Caring A Tune will then travel to Career, Activity, & Community as well as the CCHS Corporate Offices.

CCHS November Employees of the Month

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

Pamela Drakeford (Residential): "Pam goes above and beyond for the home she works in and takes incredible care of Dan. Dan's mom consistently calls Pam "Dan's second mom". She also takes every opportunity to recruit for that home."
Rosemary Humphrey (Residential): "GREAT attendance from PW to the Individual Advisory Council Meeting on Saturday! 26 people attended! All Staff were very helpful – but ESPECIALLY Rosemary!! She coordinated everything and made sure diets were followed. Couldn’t have done it without her. She even helped clean up!"
Paige Wooten (Day Services): "Thank you for helping individuals be successful at Career, Activity, & Community!!!"
Denaysha Channels (Day Services): "I was amazed at how well Denaysha did stepping up and making sure all the individuals ate lunch when other staff were our with individuals in the community."
Tabitha Jayjohn (Administrative): "Tabitha is very helpful when it comes to helping individuals. She's very good listener and problem solver, and she does her job very well. I want to take this time to appreciate you on behalf of our individuals, and I also want to say thank you very much, you have done so much to help out."

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