Moments that Matter November 2019

Spooky Dance Party a Spooktacular Good Time

From witches to whoopie cushions, this year's Halloween dance featured characters of all kinds! We danced the night away with our friends, shared laughs, and enjoyed desserts provided by our friends at Hutcheson Homecare Pharmacy!

Take a look:

Trunk or Treat Brings Fun to Families of CCHS Staff

This Halloween, we hosted a Trunk or Treat night for the families of our staff. There were games and activities, and of course, lots of candy!

Here are some highlights from the event:

Inspire Joy During This Season of Giving

It’s that time of year again!

The holiday season is upon us and you may be thinking about all the wonderful festivities that await; holiday parties, spending time with friends and family, sharing laughs around the table while enjoying your favorite meals, and exchanging gifts.

But, for many of the 685 individuals with disabilities we support, the holiday season can be especially lonely and cheer can be hard to find. Especially since most are living on a fixed income, and often can’t afford some of the simple things we often take for granted.

That is why we are reaching out to you today to ask for your support. With your help, we can make sure no one is forgotten this holiday season.

Your contribution of just $50 or any amount will provide a wonderful holiday meal and gifts for an individual that are sure to bring a smile to their face. In return, you will receive the gift of knowing you’ve inspired someone’s life journey with your generosity.

It’s the season of giving, so please open your heart and your wallet, and join hands with the staff, volunteers, and supporters of Columbus Center for Human Services and Be A Holiday Hero!

They are counting on us, and we are counting on you. Together, we can make the magic of the holidays shine through!

Are You Afraid of the Art? Showcased the Creativity of Artists and Patrons Alike

Thanks to everyone who came out for Open Door Art Studio & Gallery's annual masquerade event and Are You Afraid of the Art? opening reception!

Patrons enjoyed viewing the unique art of the season, and the creative costumes were out of this world!

Special thanks to Nate & Linda Griffin for their generous financial sponsorship of this exhibition and also to our in-kind sponsors: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant, Heartwork & Handmade, and Spare Time Sundries for their important contributions.

Blue. Opens Tomorrow at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery

Join us tomorrow from 5-7 pm for the opening reception of Blue.!

Following in the footsteps of Pablo Picasso, Open Door is entering a Blue Period! View cool-toned creations all dominated by blue hues. From baby blue to the navy of a night’s sky, Blue. will show viewers that monochromatic is anything but monotonous!


Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5-7 pm


Open Door Art Studio & Gallery (directions)

Other News & Upcoming Events

Caring A Tune Returns to Park West Court Apartments

Join us on November 11, 2019 from 2-4 pm for Caring A Tune, everyone's favorite sing-a-long event! This event is open to everyone, so we hope to see you there!

An Update on Quality Improvement:

Thanks to everyone who responded to last month’s Satisfaction Survey! In October, the focus for Quality Improvement was on Human Resources at CCHS!

The highest ratings given by staff were for HR’s Professionalism (A-). Ratings for Orientation Training & On-The-Job (OTJ) Training were included in this review, with the OTJ Training receiving lower ratings, but still a solid B.

The lowest overall ratings were from Park West Administration and the highest ratings were from SCL Administration! On average, staff gave the HR Department B+ ratings for their services, which earns them both the CCHS High Quality Medal and the Plays Well with Others Ribbon!

Thanks again for your survey participation… and thanks to the HR Department for treating your co-workers with Professionalism!

- Craig Gladwell, Director of Quality Improvement

Park West Honors the Memories of Those Who Passed

Last month Park West Court Apartments, with support from our hospice partner, Kindred, held a memorial to honor the memories all of those who have passed over the last few years.

It was a time for grieving, reflection, and healing for the families, friends, and staff who attended.

CCHS at UCO Industries Holds Spirit Week

The staff of CCHS at UCO Industries celebrated Halloween with Spirit Week! Of course they came to work in costume, but they also had inside-out day, team spirit day, and wore pink Breast Cancer Awareness! Check out their fun collages below!

A Poem About Thanksgiving

Thanks to Danielle Williams for submitting this lovely poem about what Thanksgiving means to her! Enjoy!

My Transition to Independence - Justin

With the right support, Justin was finally able to move into a place of his own. Here's Justin in his own words:

"Hi, I am Justin Donaldson. I recently got to move into my own apartment. I am enjoying being on my own without housemates. I like not being bothered by anyone. I am learning how to cook. My favorite foods to cook are steak, asparagus, and shrimp. I am also learning how to do my own household chores. I love being and feeling more independent."

Congratulations, Justin, on your new place and your new found independence!

CCHS Advisory Council Meeting

Join us for the fall meeting of the CCHS Advisory Council on November 16, 2019 from 1-2 pm in the Career, Activity, & Community dining room.

This quarter's topics include: employment opportunities, self-advocacy, weekends and scheduling, and transportation with time for open discussion. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Spotlight

This month's volunteer spotlight is Lilian Adesokan! Lilian is a volunteer in our Career, Activity, & Community program. She helps out during the lunch shift about three to four times a week to help feed the individuals. She says of her experience, "When I see the expressions on some of their faces it gives me joy that I can bring that kind of happiness to someone."

Thank you, Lilian for the gift of your time and service to the individuals we support!

Employees of the Month

We would like to extend a warm congratulations to our October Employees of the Month. The following employees were recognized by their peers for living out our mission, vision, and core values in their work:

Julie Arthur (Administrative): "Julie is an inspiring hab coordinator. She genuinely shows concern and affection for the individuals on her case load. She listens to staff concerns about individuals and follows up immediately and lets staff know daily how the individual is doing. She is truly an asset to CCHS and the individuals that she serves." - Kelli
Danielle Weather (Residential): "Danielle goes above and beyond to make sure her Individuals are happy and moving forward. She has been working with an individual on improving his diet and getting more exercise. As of today, she has helped this individual lose 30 lbs, and he feels inspired to lose a lot more. He enjoys doing the exercises, and Danielle is not only helping him reach his goal of weight loss, but also showing him that his goals can be achieved." - Julie
Aluna Harriston-Campbell (Residential): "Andrea from the Salvation Army Worship Center called to give a huge compliment to Aluna for her attentiveness and interaction with Candace and other church members. She stated that Aluna extremely nice and compassionate and interacted and encouraged Candace through out the ladies group. This is an awesome compliment for a staff that has worked with us for 1 week." - Christy
Stacy McMullen (ADS): "He was very understanding and very courteous. I am thankful for his kindness and his concerns about my loved one." - Guardian
Eric Burke (ADS): "I wanted to let you know that Eric was very helpful to us (CDC) today. He stuck around and helped until the individual calmed. I thanked him but wanted to also let you know. He’s great staff!" - CDC Staff Member

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