Open Door Fun Fest
Our big event on September 6th will honor our DSPs and usher in our new name!
What makes this event so special?
Each year in September, we gather to celebrate our DSPs during National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week!
This year’s event will honor their incredible work, done in the midst of the pandemic, and is our way of giving back for everything they have given to the individuals we support. It will also mark the day when we officially become Open Door and we’d like to personally invite you to help us celebrate both at the Open Door Fun Fest!
Our event will feature free food provided by City Barbeque along with a variety of family-friendly entertainment, including music, carnival games, bounce houses, a mechanical bull and an obstacle course. The festivities culminate with our annual raffle drawing, where DSPs will have the chance to win prizes like TVs, grills, and electronics!
“We’re excited to invite the community to help celebrate these heroes who inspire so many life journeys. Their impact is enormous. We wouldn’t be able to serve others effectively without the passion, work ethic, and resilience of our DSPs.” - Becky Sharp
Local sponsors for the event include Overmyer Hall Associates, McGohan Brabender, Brady Ware & Company, Creative Housing/Creative Renovations, Hoffman & Kuhn, Inc., Enterprise Fleet Management, Atlas Butler, Brittco, Donna & David Sheidlower, Kehl Partnership Group, LLC, PNC Bank, Michael Fitzpatrick, Linda & Nate Griffin (in honor of Amber Griffin), Jeff Meacham, Tom Caldwell, Crosby's Drugs, Bruce Massa, Bus Services, Inc. (BSI), and Art @ 185 AirBNB.
If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming an event sponsor, click here!
Thank you for your support, and we'll see you at the Fun Fest!
Fishing With Friends
Our popular event will host its final gathering of the season on August 16th
It's easy to see why Fishing with Friends is such a hit. It's fun for everyone to spend time outdoors, have some friendly competition, and make great memories. But more than anything, this event is about bringing people together and cheering each other on.
At our most recent Fishing with Friends, nearly every person in attendance caught at least one fish, and Dan led everyone with his haul of eight in under an hour!
Next Monday, August 16th will be our final Fishing with Friends event of the season! So put up the "Gone Fishing" sign, grab your pole and join us for another day of fishing fun!
Bait and tackle will be provided, and a limited number of fishing poles will be available for use. Volunteers and staff will be there to assist with any needs and provide companionship during the event.
This event is open to all individuals supported by Open Door! If you’d like to participate, please sign-up here!
We hope to see you there!
On The Go With UCO
Our On The Go group has meant a lot for staff and individuals in Union County.
We've had to overcome lots of changes this year as a team and modify how services are being provided to our individuals. On The Go is getting out into the community and giving the individuals we support in Union County opportunities to do things they have wanted to do but wouldn’t have the means to do otherwise.
The goals for our group are to get to know individuals and staff better, go places that share in the group’s interests, fellowship with our friends, experience new things, and have fun!
So where have we visited? A lot of places! Some of our stops in the past month have included the Union County Fair, Malabar Farms, and Marmon Valley Farms! We look forward to continuing to support individuals at UCO in whatever ways we can!
We can't wait to see where they'll visit next!
Open Door Art Studio Re-Enters Festival Scene
The Crafin' Outlaws Pop-Up Market is the latest opportunity for the artists we support
We’re thrilled that Open Door Art Studio has been accepted to take part in the ongoing Craftin' Outlaws Pop-Up Market at the Columbus Museum of Art! This market is a Columbus staple that unites arts organizations, individual artists, and crafting enthusiasts!
Craftin’ Outlaws is the largest fair and longest running of its kind in Ohio, and is now in its 16th year as an annual ‘alternative’ craft fair in Columbus.
Their mission is to expose the public to an alternative to mass-produced products and to support local independent artists, crafters, and designers. It’s THE place to be whether you’re a vendor or a shopper.
Open Door Art Studio will host on September 25th from 10am-3pm. We will have a social media takeover on the Craftin' Outlaws account on September 15th and 16th, so feel free to follow along!
We’re excited for all the "makers" we support who are participating in the event! Great job!
Pam Aims To Own Her Own Business
Cultivate circles are all about creating a visual representation of what an individual wants: their goals from the big to the small, from the broad to the specific, along with the ways we can support them in achieving their goals. It goes hand-in-hand with our organization’s vision to “cultivate valued roles for all people.”
Pam’s number one goal is to have her own crafting business, and her cultivate circle helped map out how she will reach her goal! So far, she’s checked out books on how to open your own business, bought shipping supplies, and even got a file folder to keep her business receipts. She is well on her way, and we know she will achieve her goal!
We are so proud of you, Pam! We can’t wait to see your thriving crafting business!
Chris Enjoys "Best Vacation Yet" With Staff
Chris recently enjoyed a long-awaited vacation to his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio!
He was thrilled to have Awa join him to provide support and help him feel comfortable on his trip. They were able to enjoy the attractions at Cedar Point and eat some fresh seafood caught from Lake Erie. Chris even got a new piercing and tattoo--something he'd been saving up a long time for!
Chris stated that this was his “best vacation yet!”
We’re so happy that our staff helped make this time of fun and relaxation possible!
Shayne Is Making A Difference
Shayne recently began volunteering with the Madison County Humane Society! She's started by learning the basics, including feeding, walking, putting on harnesses, and socializing with the animals.
Her instructor, Cindy, showed her the ropes and helped her get started on this new journey. Shayne has had a great time so far and is looking forward to continuing to help animals with the Humane Society!
Thank you for giving back to the community, Shayne!
Cooking Up Something New
The new cooking class at CAC has been making tons of delicious treats this month! So far, they've mastered pizza, burgers, root beer floats, pigs in a blanket, fried pickles, and tacos!
The group has a blast during each of the weekly cooking classes, and they continue to participate more and more each week!
We're proud of your cooking accomplishments! Save us a taco or two next week!
Great Art Works Available From "This Inspired That"
Our "This Inspired That" exhibition has been a great success! Some amazing pieces of art from this exhibition are still available for purchase. Check them out here, and see a few of them below!
Thank you for supporting these great local artists!
Come See Our Farm Stand!
Join us Thursdays this summer for our AccessABLE Community Garden Farm Stand!
Our Dirt Devils gardening group has been busy this year! Find exactly what you're looking for from our wide variety of plants and produce available for purchase!
All proceeds will benefit the AccessABLE Community Garden, which works to provide horticulture experiences, education, and opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our community. Thank you for your support!
We hope to see you there!
Park West Court Apartments
Addison's passion to help people started early in her life. She's now worked in the DD field for over 2 years, and she's thankful she was referred to Open Door and applied for her current position.
Addison inspires life journeys by participating in community outings and ensuring individuals we support have the best experience possible. She wants others to view her as a trustworthy, reliable worker.
"I like that working for Open Door gives me purpose. There is nothing better than going home with a smile because I was able to make someone else smile." -Addison
We are so happy to have you on our team, Addison!
Special thanks to Richard Sharp for volunteering his expert fishing advice with all the folks we support for our Fishing with Friends event!
Also, thank you to our maintenance team who transported all the gear and baited more hooks that we can count!
Your efforts are greatly appreciated!
August 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!
Carol O’Keefe, Eugeneia Fluker, Franklyn Nwacgukwu, Najmo Hassan
Colton Delay, Kelsey Goodman, Claudius Johnson, Abraham Sapateh, Tobi Joshua
Atabong Nkwinkeh, Iyesha Gbondo
Kim Pattee, Wendy Greenwood
Linda Thornburg, Abubakarr Barrie
Sonia Calderon, Anthony McKibbins
Marian Doh Nani
August Employee Birthdays!
Join us in wishing these employees a Happy Birthday this month!
Abdoul Diallo, Abraham Sapateh, Abubakar Abdulkadir, Ashley Keel, Ayorinde Adeboye, Becky Miller, Ben Delay, Carri Henry, Carson Stobart, Charles Dwumah, Chuck Hager, Cynthia Dean, Demba Kamara, Devany Davis, Ellen Musanjeya, Emelder Achu, Eric Burke, Farouk Kolapo, Fredricka Agyekum, Gifty Acquaisie, Hawa Mohamed, Izonette Williams, John Kamara, Kenneth Agbitor, Linda Branch, Lindsey DeCarlo, Mike Simmons, Musa Turay, Olushola Oguntuga, Rosaline Savage, Rosina Kwarteng, Talha Yussuf, Tristan Hanline, Valeri Stoldt, Venus Brooks
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 Open Door Advocacy Group for living out our mission, vision, and core values in their work:
Michael Delay: "I was out in the community with an individual in my car and had a flat tire. Mike and Matt came and saved us. I really appreciate them. They are great guys!" -Kelli
Margaret Beck: "Margaret always looks out for the DSPs when assisting them with their time, schedule changes, and also with new hire training. Even though she has a busy schedule and deadlines to meet she always makes time for the DSPs. You are a rock star, Margaret!" -Kim
Jakairion Spikes: "Jay is kind to everyone even on a bad day. He makes us all smile and goes above and beyond in every way possible." -Valeri
Abraham Sapateh: "Abraham stepped up as interim lead while Mamadou has been on vacation. During this time, Abraham worked hard to ensure that the house ran smoothly. He recently got MSH to go to the store to pick out his own snacks! This might not sound like much, but MSH has never done this as he likes to stay home and in his room. Thank you Abraham for being a team player!" -Gretchen