2021 Farmer's Market Season
Our garden has big goals for the upcoming season and could use your help!
Our AccessABLE Community Garden continues to grow and keep busy! After two successful plant sales this spring, we'll have a wide variety of produce available for the summer months, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions, garlic, brussels sprouts, red and green cabbage, leaf lettuce, okra, and gourds, along with butternut, acorn, yellow, and green squash.
The first market is July 1st and will continue each Thursday from 10am-1pm throughout the summer months.
Goals for the 2021 Growing Season
- First and foremost, we want to win the “battle of the critters.” Teresa summed it up well: “It’s war, I tell you!”
- Work on increasing the height of raised bed planters and adding protective fencing to keep groundhogs and rabbits from helping themselves to the crop.
- Use netting on the fruit trees in the orchard to prevent the squirrels from enjoying a sweet treat.
- Add new fruit trees, including a native Paw Paw, along with plum and apple trees to the orchard.
- Ginger root production in the greenhouse.
- Add additional raised beds with protective covers along pathways in the garden. These beds will both increase accessibility and extend the growing season.
- Construct a gourd tunnel over an existing walkway so that everyone, even those with limited mobility, can enjoy the magic of being surrounded by the fruits of their labor!
- Plant a sunflower room. This unique idea involves tilling a circular bed and then planting sunflowers that will eventually grow and become the "walls" of the room. Once inside, individuals will enjoy a quiet and peaceful sensory experience!
- Visit other gardens for inspiration, education, and fun!
Ways You Can Support the Garden
Our garden needs your help! We welcome volunteers to help on our mulching day, May 18th. We also have ongoing volunteer opportunities to help with weeding, watering, and general garden maintenance. Click here to sign up to volunteer!
In addition, monetary donations are always welcome and appreciated! We are seeking in-kind donations of perennials and seeds (veggie, flower, and herb). We are always looking for pots, planters, and other containers we can repurpose for various garden projects! Click here to donate!
Thank you for all your efforts, and we hope to see you at the garden soon!
"In Vogue" Virtual Exhibition Now Open
Open Door is stepping off the runway and into the gallery with a fashion-themed art exhibition full of glitz and glamour! With inspirations from British streetwear, French couture, Japanese Harajuku, and more, there is something for the fashionista in us all!
Our "In Vogue" virtual exhibition runs through June 4th! Shop online and support the great local artists in your community!
This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous sponsorship provided by patron and CCHS Board of Directors member, Conner Brintlinger and his fiancé Natalie Wilson.
New Therapy Gym Is A Hit
The new gym opens up possibilities at Park West and provides more opportunities for support
We're excited to announce that our new therapy gym is up and running! Moving the gym over to the corporate office and CAC area gave us the opportunity to turn the old therapy gym at Park West back into an activity room for the individuals we support. Through funding, we were able to purchase additional therapy equipment as well as tools to keep all our wheelchairs, shower chairs, and other essential items running smoothly.
The reaction from the individuals we support has been very positive! Coming to the gym gives them the feeling of being in an actual rehab setting. When seeing someone in a home setting it can get very distracting with housemates around, the TV in the background, the dark setting, and the cramped quarters. In the new, clean, bright gym they tend to have better focus and work harder with the one-on-one attention of the therapist. This also offers a more spacious area for our SCL folks to come in for consultations with the dietitian, wheelchair repair, or problem solving with our therapy team.
It’s been an exciting season of change and we can’t wait to see what comes next!
Open Door Art Studio Offers Community Experiences
We are proud to announce that Open Door Art Studio & Gallery will once again offer community experiences for our artists!
Open Door artists will now have their choice of creating art at the studio or taking part in one of two daily community experiences. Facilitated by a creative mentor, artists will have the opportunity to visit art-related settings or participate in an "artist choice" outing that was specifically chosen by a group of Open Door artists.
Recently, our artists chose to venture out to several local parks, including Schiller Park, Goodale Park, and the Park of Roses.
Also, a huge thank you to Reed Arts in Grandview for their continuous donations of frames and matboard! Their generous donations will be used to professionally frame and mat our collection of paper works for upcoming exhibitions.
New Leadership Training Begins
New program for 2021 aims to build the next generation of organizational leadership
Earlier this week, select staff from all our program and service areas gathered to kick off our 2021 Direct Leadership Training Series!
This program, created and facilitated in partnership with the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP), is designed to educate, inspire, and grow our next generation of leaders.
Over the next six months, participants will learn from leadership experts, participate in immersive, interactive activities, and put what they've learned into practice with "homework" between each session. Those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a Direct Leadership Certificate from OADSP at a special presentation in November!
We’re looking forward to a fun, productive, and impactful training!
2021 Strategic Plan Progress
Here's an update on our progress as we work towards achieving our Strategic Goals for this year:
Goal: Share positive stories by submitting Individual Experience Forms (IEFs) daily.
- Goal Progress: 30%
- Stories continue to be shared via IEFs daily.
Goal: Create business-focused policies and procedures that will ensure consistency, accountability, and financial stability for all.
- Goal Progress: 50%
- Created a more streamlined Policy and Procedure for the handling of artist funds and the change box.
Goal: Implement back-up staffing plans that enable employees to receive breaks and be able to take time off when needed.
- Goal Progress: 15%
- Hired one new staff member and incorporated an additional UCO Staff member for Friday coverage.
Goal: Create a calendar and task grid that can be easily shared and updated in real-time organization-wide.
- Goal Progress: 100%
- Continued to maintain the ODAS calendar and task grid with updates on responsibilities and deadlines.
Goal: Increase the number of individual-led/focused groups, with support from Social Services to launch, and then transition to other leaders once established.
- Goal Progress: 30%
- An individual supported by SCL is now teaching a portion of the Wellness Group each week. As a student at Columbus State Community College, he has been learning about sanitation techniques, how to avoid cross-contamination when working with food, and information on food-borne illnesses. The group appreciates him sharing his knowledge!
Goal: Launch a weekly social media feature focused on individual artists and staff discussing their love for art.
- Goal Progress: 25%
- Haleigh continues to contribute to the social media scheduling.
Goal: Encourage the use of new art mediums and the creation of work for product-based sales.
- Goal Progress: 25%
- Claire has begun to make homemade paper for the "Pulp" exhibition and is beginning to show different artists the process.
Goal: Ensure safe community experiences are available for all.
- Goal Progress: 25%
- We are dipping our toes in community experiences! Mike has taken the lead and has done numerous trips to parks and led a photography-themed walk.
You can find additional information about our plan and our progress by visiting our website's Strategic Goals page.
Celebrating Our Nurses
Our nurses have been nothing short of spectacular this year! According to Webster's dictionary, the definition of nurse is a person who is "trained to care for people." Our team of nurses at CCHS exemplify this daily as they inspire the life journeys of those we support. Our staff had so many positive words to describe our nurses. Here are some of the highlights:
"Our nurses treat the individuals like family"
"They are always there to help. We call, even for the simplest things, and they come right away"
"They treat everyone with dignity and respect"
"They are funny"
"They are a very important part of the team"
"They remained steady, especially throughout the COVID period"
Achieving Greater Independence
"This is the most freedom that I have ever experienced." -Nick
Never give up on your dreams! Nick wanted to live by himself for over 13 years and it finally happened--he now has his own apartment and he LOVES IT! It’s quiet and peaceful, and set up just the way he wants it thanks to help from his staff.
We’re so proud to have helped, Nick!
STEP Success Story
Elijah attends CAC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the STEP program. Recently, Elijah has really opened up! He used to be super shy and quiet at CAC but now he is enthusiastic and makes a point to say hello and shake hands with staff when he gets picked up. He enjoys going shopping; and now he'll chat up the cashier when standing in line.
Elijah also likes to look good! Every other Friday, it's off to the barbershop to freshen up his 'do. It's remarkable to see the progress he's made!
We're so happy for you, Elijah!
IMPACT Safety Class
Matt and John recently graduated from IMPACT Safety class! IMPACT Safety teaches emotional and physical skills necessary to help people reduce risk, prevent violence, and make safe choices so that we can all live and work with greater confidence. Matt said, “I learned how to say 'no' and that not all arguments need to be had.” John added, “I learned a lot about how to stand up to bullies.”
Way to go, Matt and John!
Supported Community Living
Samuel has 4 years of experience in the field, and was encouraged to apply by his friend Marshal. He likes that he gets to inspire life journeys, help individuals accomplish their goals, and take individuals out for community experiences.
"I like that CCHS feels more like home than work. So many employees have been kind, helpful, & supportive. The support has encouraged me to do my best."
We are so happy to have you on our team, Samuel!
Learning ASL Skills
John has had a great time working with Cora, a volunteer and student from OSU's Speech and Hearing College. "I have learned so much over the last three months that we have been practicing," John said. "I like it when Cora brings books from the library so that we have new material to work on. Improving my ASL skills helps me to talk to my girlfriend who also uses sign language."
We are so happy to have you as a volunteer, Cora!
May Employee Anniversaries
A huge congratulations to the following employees on their employment anniversaries! We can't thank you enough for your service, sacrifice, and dedication to inspiring life journeys!
Holly Hunter, Alpha Kamara, Jennifer Shaffer
Victoria Davis, Cecylia Njau
Augustine Troh, Latoya Valentine
May Employee Birthdays!
Join us in wishing these employees a Happy Birthday this month!
Abubakarr Barrie, Adeola Adeyemi, Amadou Sow, Andrew Weima, Blessing Ogedengbe, Breona Hill, Colton Delay, Dayzaneek Cunningham, Genabou Kaba, Jamie Downs, Joseph Cole, Karen Green, Laxford Kajuna, Matthew Delay, Michael Ogunsina, Michael Sowa, Micheline Manirambona, Muhubo Ali, Paula Young, Phibian Dukuray, Ryan Obenour, Ryan Rollins, Samantha Todd, Tamika Devins, Teather Canter, Timothy Babalola, Zahra Jibril
Employees of the Month
We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our Employees of the Month! The following employees have been chosen by members of the CCHS Advocacy Group for living out our mission, vision, and core values in their work:
Shane Ingles: "I want to thank Shane for coming out so quickly to fix the lift on the van at my location. He did a great job!" -Matthew
Mariama Shiaman Barro: "Mariama noticed that some of the bedspreads had some spots where the seams were coming apart. She brought in her sewing kit and went to work doing repairs. Mariama takes excellent care of the individuals in her apartment. She is always willing to work extra hours to help out. You can always catch her with a smile on her face." -Margaret
Joyce Reeves: "Joyce is doing a wonderful job with Shanna. I see so much growth in my daughter." -Mary
Dan Shramo: "Dan helped orchestrate a meet-and-greet for two guys who both live in Grove City. Both guys were interested in making new friends and having someone to do fun activities with. The initial meet-up went great and both guys have agreed to plan a second hang out. Friends rock!" -Gretchen
Eric Burke: "The team raved about how well Elijah has been doing since he started the STEP program with Eric. They praised Eric for helping Elijah to get out and make purchases by himself with his improved communications skills." -Amy