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Moments that Matter September 2018

Our Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) Make a World of Difference!

Each year we honor the hard work and commitment of our Direct Support Professionals with a celebration of their service. It is their care, compassion, and dedication that helps make it possible for individuals with disabilities to live their best lives.

The celebration was field day style and included fun games such as sack races, sponge relay, volleyball, egg toss, yard bowling, tug-of-war, and the ever popular pie face an executive or administrative staff. Raffle tickets were given to event winners and participants for entry into the drawing to win one of the many prizes up for grabs!

Our DSP's and their families also enjoyed a picnic-style cookout lunch complete with burgers, hot dogs, sides, desserts, and drinks! Special thanks to Joel Steinmetz (CCHS @ UCO Employee) for generously donating the meat fresh from his family farm!

Our DSP's give so much every day, and we wanted to take this opportunity to give back and give thanks with some great giveaways!

Raffle Prizes

Lastly, we would like to say thank you to those who made this event possible! Your gift of time, monetary donations, and support were appreciated by each and every DSP who attended!

Join Us as we Rally to Bring Awareness to the National Workforce Crisis Facing our Field

CCHS is proud to partner with Toward Independence, CRSI, and many other state and local agencies for the Bridge 2 Equality Rally, September 27th, 2018, at the Ohio Statehouse West Plaza. The goal of this event is to make it clear to the public, and the legislature that there is a workforce crisis, and we need to work together to address it.

Many individuals with disabilities lack the resources, staff, or access to achieve equal opportunities. Advocacy matters. Our legislatures and communities need to hear our unified voice. Spread the word, engage your community, and come pack the statehouse plaza.

Open Door Art Studio & Gallery Hosts First All Ceramic Exhibition

The opening reception for Sintered, Open Door's first-ever all ceramic exhibition, was enjoyed by all! This exhibition, curated by Tim Cook, featured kiln-fired wonders from both Open Door and the greater Columbus community.

If you weren't able to make it to the opening, Sintered will be on display through October 12, 2018!

Work by Open Door Artist Wallace Peck to be Included in Art for Life Benefit at Columbus Museum of Art

Art for Life is a biennial art auction, created in 1989, that has helped raise awareness and approximately $3 million in funding for HIV/AIDS medical care, prevention, education, testing and advocacy services. Wallace will be accompanied at this fancy occasion by his Program Coordinator, Kristopher Thompson. Have tons of fun, gentlemen!

Long Live the Queen by Wallace Peck

Next Fishing with Friends Event to be Held at Alum Creek Reservoir

Thanks to generous funding received from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, CCHS will be hosting the second of four Fishing with Friends events on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 from 9a-1p at Alum Creek Reservoir!

With all fishing and adaptive equipment provided, Fishing with Friends gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn, practice, and catch fish in various locations throughout Central Ohio! Volunteers will be available to provide support and companionship throughout the event, and a cookout lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please click below to sign-up!

Experiences Are Everything

Individuals supported by CCHS are going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals can build independence, meet personal goals, and achieve their dreams.

Experiences Are Everything is a visual look back at some of the places we have recently explored. Enjoy!

Other News & Upcoming Events:

Individuals from CAC Finding Employment Success!

Several individuals have been able to find competitive employment at in the month of August! Congratulations to the individuals now working at LA Fitness, AMC Columbus Ten, and the Laurels of Hilliard!

As a transition or an alternative to competitive employment, individuals at Career, Activity, & Community also participate in many volunteer opportunities. Darrell Miller recently attended the Salvation Army's Volunteer Celebration where he enjoyed pizza, snacks, and a personalized gift!

Supported Community Living Leads to Attend DSP Recognition Event

The Annual Ohio Direct Support Recognition Event coincides with National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week. More than 400 DSPs from around Ohio enjoy a day that includes lots of fun, lots of spirit, and a stimulating and creative program. This event happens as a result of financial and volunteer support from over twenty agencies and boards throughout Ohio and is brought to you by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. The DSP Event offers a chance for DSPs to get the acknowledgement and appreciation they deserve. DSPs leave this event with a renewed sense of purpose, motivation, inspiration, and a greater sense of belonging to an important and worthy field.

CCHS August Employees of the Month

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

Samson Eno (Residential): "I went to a meeting and a parent raved about Sampson's work ethic and the way that he takes the time to listen and talk to her son. She said "with staffing, there is Sampson and there is all the rest. I am so impressed with him!!"
Samantha Earthman (Residential): "Samantha does an amazing job working with DT. During a phone call, Samantha was able to redirect her without upsetting her further and took the time to be empathetic with individual."
Lynette Pierce (Day Services): "Lynette's continued dedication to her role at ODAS is inspiring. She provides not only physical assistance when needed, but has a unique way of redirecting and/or providing a caring ear to individuals who need emotional support. I am constantly impressed with her work ethic and dependability."
Stacie Neal (Day Services): "Stacie has picked up numerous open transportation runs anytime of day, back to back, whenever and wherever needed. She has been amazing with all the runs!!!"
Mike Delay (Administrative): "Mike was called to assist in putting furniture together for our new location. He came without hesitation and stayed until all was finished."

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