Feb. 2015 - web


Feb. 2015 - web

A publication of the Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities Fe b r u a r y 2015


Giving back

People supported by Richland

Newhope provide hundreds of

hours of volunteer service in

the community each year.

Local hospital


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Dale Connell is one of those

volunteers. As a member of

the Options group for retirees,

Dale spends more than

four hours every Thursday

volunteering at the Little

Buckeye Children’s Museum

in Mansfield.

“I just like to be out and do

things,” says Dale. “You see


The former restaurant dishwasher says he helps out by cleaning and organizing items

in many of the museum’s first-floor interactive areas, such as its market and science


Newhope ready for DD

Awareness Month

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“He’s always excited to come in,” says Workshop Specialist II Jackie Steele. “He’s

always willing to go anywhere.”

Fred Boll, the executive director of the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, says

volunteers are of utmost importance to the museum’s operation.

“It’s really important because we are a non-profit so our funds are low,” Boll says.

“They really help out with sanitizing the equipment the kids use. I think it’s very, very

important to the health of the museum.”

Boll also is a big proponent of having people with disabilities more involved in the


Meet the Employee

of the Month

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“It’s important that kids understand that they are still capable of doing many productive

and useful things and that they are people and that they have feelings,” he adds.


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Local hospital honored for integrated employment


MedCentral Hospital

is one of the first

recipients of a new

annual business recognition program to honor

companies that provide employment opportunities for

people with disabilities.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

recently presented MedCentral Mansfield Hospital

with its Champion of Opportunity Award. MedCentral

was recognized for going above and beyond to

provide quality employment opportunities and

increased independence for individuals with


MedCentral participates in Project SEARCH,

a collaborative effort with Pioneer Career and

Technology Center, Richland Newhope, and

Pathways. Project SEARCH participants work

in various capacities throughout the

health system from September through

May to gain work experience and

educational opportunities in preparation

for competitive employment. MedCentral

has hired a number of qualified Project

SEARCH alumni at the conclusion of

their internships.

“Businesses across Ohio understand

that individuals with disabilities can

be an integral and effective part of

their workforce,” noted OOD Business

Relations Manager Jon Hackathorn.

“Companies ranging from large

corporations and regional chains

to independent local businesses

and entrepreneurs are successfully

implementing this strategy and reaping

the benefits.”

5th Annual




Brought to you by:

Arts, crafts, music, dancing

and much more!


March 13, 2015

11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Richland Mall


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Newhope ready for Developmental Disabilities

Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Month in Ohio and Richland Newhope

will be joining the celebration in an effort to raise public awareness about

the many abilities people have, regardless of their disability. This year’s

theme is “Can Do, Like You.”

Newhope’s month-long observance will begin with a kick-off on Feb.

26 with the presentation of a proclamation from the Richland County commissioners – one of several

proclamations to be issued.

Our 22 nd Annual Richland County Third Grade Coloring Contest Awards Luncheon is set for March 6 at

the Early Childhood Center. The contest involves hundreds of students from Richland County schools.

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Newhope will hold its 14 th Annual Community Awareness Day on March 19. The participants will be

members of the 2014-2015 Leadership Unlimited class. Nearly 30 people will spend the morning “trying

on a disability” at one of several Newhope facilities or community sites.

Richland Newhope will also hold its 5 th Annual Bringing the Elements Together Art/Talent Show. It will

take place on March 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Richland Mall and will include a display of

artwork, artists in action, and informational displays. In addition, Newhope is planning to have a window

display at the mall during March.

Several other activities are planned, including an informational display at the main branch of the

Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, an appearance on WMFD-TV’s “Focus on North Central Ohio”

program, a message on the electronic sign at the Mansfield Area Y, and the distribution of thousands of

pamphlets through area churches. For more information, call 419-774-4215.

ABLE Act gives new savings option

People with disabilities can soon open tax-free savings accounts where they can amass more than $2,000

without losing government benefits. It’s all thanks to the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act

passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in December.

The new law allows people with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000

without risking eligibility for Social Security and other government programs. They can also keep their

Medicaid coverage no matter how much money is accrued in an ABLE account.

Modeled after 529 college savings plans, interest earned on savings will be tax-free. Funds saved in the

account can be used to pay for education, health care, transportation, housing, and other expenses.

To be eligible, individuals must have a condition that occurred before age 26 and each person may only

open one ABLE account. Under current give-tax limitations, as much as $14,000 could be deposited


While the new law alters federal rules to allow for ABLE accounts, each state must now put regulations in

place so that financial institutions can make the new offering available.

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Girl power

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W.E. – the new Women Empowerment program

at Richland Newhope Industries, Inc.(RNI) –

recently completed its first 13-week session.

The final speaker was Mary Bolin (second from

left), president of My Town Partners. W.E.

participants heard from many successful women

in the community the past several months,

including a former mayor, TV personalities, and

women who have started their own business.

RNI is planning a similar mentorship program

for men.

Giving back...continued from pg. 1

“Our regular customers recognize the individuals that come from Newhope on a regular basis and that’s


Dale, who uses a wheelchair, would love to be able to volunteer on the museum’s second floor but a nonworking

elevator makes it inaccessible. Boll says it will take $100,000, or 70 percent of the museum’s

budget, to install a new elevator. There is a fundraising effort underway called Miracle on 44 th St., but he

admits progress toward that goal is slow.

As for Dale, his volunteer efforts aren’t limited to just the children’s museum. He and the two

dozen other members of Options wash books at the library, assist with mailing projects for local

agencies, and even help the health department prepare for flu clinics.

Dale recommends that everyone volunteers in some capacity. “It makes you feel good,” he says.


“Hero with Heart”

Recognizing people in our community who make a significant difference

in the life of someone with a developmental disability.

Award nominations now being accepted

at www.rnewhope.org

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Kudos to…

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Sweet creations

Preschoolers at the Early Childhood Center and

their parents enjoyed making their own unique

gingerbread houses on Dec. 11. Even though

there was quite a bit of snacking going on,

everyone took home a beautifully decorated







Deb Moritz

for providing

a Christmas


$30 Wal-Mart

gift cards,

McDonald’s free

meal certificates,

and a coupon

for a free Dairy

Queen blizzard

for 88 individuals

supported by

Richland Newhope.

Aktion Club, Workers’ Council, Newhope Charities,

and Administration Building staff who donated

money to purchase gift cards this past Christmas

for 41 families supported by Richland Newhope.

Meijer also donated a gift card.

Everyone who donated non-perishable food and

other items to restock the food pantry at Richland

Newhope’s Service and Support Administration


Staff at the Administration Building and SSA who

participated in SSA’s Christmas Stocking Project,

resulting in gifts of wanted or needed items for

seven individuals who probably would not have

received any presents.

Employees who provided 25 food boxes this

Christmas for needy families who receive services

at Richland Newhope’s Early Childhood Center.

Long-time staffer retires

Congratulations to Mike Warren on his retirement!

His last day of service after 30 years was Dec.

31, 2014. Mike was a habilitation technician at

Raintree. He has already started volunteering at

Raintree by reading to the individuals.


Randy Blayney

RNI/Evelyn Home

Nov. 28, 2014

Steve Goddard

Dec. 12, 2014

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January Employee of the Month feels rewarded

The January Employee of the Month says it is an honor and very

rewarding to know she must be doing her job right.

Joyce Briggs is the supervisor of food services in Richland Newhope’s

Residential Department. Joyce’s co-workers say she is one-of-a-kind.

“She has done an excellent job supervising the dietary staff as well as

managing the dietary budget. She works closely with the recreation

coordinator planning menus for the festivals and holiday dinners,

trainings, and other events. Joyce puts in extra hours during the time of

special events without complaining,” said staff.

A peer also says she is a hard worker and a great team player. “Joyce

can always be found working side-by-side with her staff. Joyce stays

late in the evenings to provide coverage for dietary when needed.

Joyce also has covered the Early Childhood Center (ECC) kitchen

(staffing) when they are short. Joyce works hard on a daily basis to

ensure the individuals have what they need,” noted a co-worker.

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Joyce says she is currently making dietary the best it can be, keeping the individuals happy and healthy!

Director of Residential Court Sturts strongly supports Joyce being Employee of the Month. “She has

been creative and flexible since she started with staffing, purchasing, storage, planning, budgeting, etc.

to be efficient and adaptive to changing needs. She has implemented new menus that are not only costeffective

but also provides a variety of food choices,” explained Court.

Joyce’s favorite moment in the past 2 ½ years at Newhope is when she and an individual who worked in

the kitchen were invited to a Mardi Gras celebration at Raintree for the residents. “We had cake, wore

jewelry, and danced to the Chicken Dance. The individual had such a good time – he talked about that

day for months. It made him so happy,” shared Joyce.

Co-workers say Joyce always comes to work with a positive attitude. “She often brings in goodies

(sweets) for all staff to enjoy. Joyce has been such a great asset to Raintree,” said an employee.

Joyce embodies Richland Newhope’s mission and Person-Centered Excellence. According to her

director, she has implemented a program in which individuals who are able can make their own meal

and food choices. “Joyce does not wait until she is encouraged to change; she regularly identifies

opportunities that are in line with our vision and offers her input and ideas. She has done a great job in

Residential as well as in ECC,” said Court.

Simple Sayings

“What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”

- John Steinbeck, author

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32 Years

Cheryl Secrist

28 Years

Vicky Todd

26 Years

Charlene Tilton

23 Years

Jackie Steele

19 Years

Angie Shaw

Terri Benson

Employee Milestones

17 Years

Toni Dawson

Debra Jolin

15 Years

Abbie Bays

Gerald Sisinger

What’s Happening

Richland Newhope Calendar of Events*

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9 Years

Deborah Fraley

6 Years

Barbara Honcharik

Latisha Keith

Erin Isch

Allen Trosper

Feb. 9 - SCRAP recycling trailer, 2 - 4 p.m., Early Childhood Center, 255 Hedges St.,


Feb. 11 - Aktion Club meeting, 1:30 p.m., Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. (RNI), 150 E. 4 th

St., Mansfield

Feb. 13 – Workers’ Council Valentine’s Day Dance, 6 – 8 p.m., Masonic Temple, 1250 Middle-

Bellville Rd., Mansfield

Feb. 16 – Presidents’ Day holiday: Newhope offices, Early Childhood Center (ECC) &

Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. (RNI) closed

Feb. 25 - Richland County Board of DD meeting, 11:30 a.m., Newhope Administration Building, 314

Cleveland Ave., Mansfield

Feb. 26 – DD Awareness Month Kickoff, 9:30 a.m., Richland County Administration Building, 50

Park Ave. East, Mansfield

Feb. 27 – Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Newhope Administration Building, 314

Cleveland Ave., Mansfield

March 3 - Family Support Group meeting, 12 p.m., Raintree, 721 Scholl Rd., Mansfield.

March 6 – Third Grade Coloring Contest Awards Luncheon, 11 a.m., Early Childhood Center,

255 Hedges St., Mansfield

March 6 – First Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Element of Art Studio/Gallery, 96 N. Main St.,


March 9 - SCRAP recycling trailer, 2-4 p.m., Early Childhood Center, 255 Hedges St.,


March 11 - Aktion Club meeting, 1:30 p.m., Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. (RNI), 150 E. 4 th

St., Mansfield

*For more information, go to www.rnewhope.org

Did you know

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) is now posting provider compliance reviews

on its website at www.dodd.ohio.gov. Compliance reviews are required to ensure that providers comply

with all federal and state regulations, including Medicaid requirements. Reviews may be completed on

a one, two, or three-year cycle. Individuals, family members, or others are encouraged to check the

reviews when selecting their provider. The reports are posted in the Provider Search feature of the DODD

website. Reports for 2013 and 2014 are online and new reports will be posted as they are completed.

Earlier reports are available by request.

Richland County Board of

Developmental Disabilities

Board Members:

Virginia Harmon, President

Nicholas Gesouras, Vice-President

Steve Swank, Secretary

Geneva Cummins

Margaret Davis

William Harnett

Richard Otto

Liz Prather, Superintendent

The In-Sider

Published by the Richland County Board of

Developmental Disabilities. News releases,

story ideas, comments, and suggestions should

be addressed to The In-Sider at:

314 Cleveland Avenue

Mansfield, Ohio 44902

Phone: 419-774-4200

Fax: 419-774-4207

Web: www.rnewhope.org


Jane Imbody, Director of Community Relations

Staff Writer:

Nikki Kepple, Community Relations Associate




Richland Newhope

314 Cleveland Avenue

Mansfield, Ohio 44902


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