The 2016 Tree of Hope Spokesfamily is another wonderful, local family who has chosen to share their family story with us to give us each a better understanding of what it means to raise a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through their four year journey, you will get to meet parents, Meredith and Joe, and Makenna! Their story is inspiring. Read below for the start of their family story!
"Our journey in the special needs community began on April 20th 2012 when Makenna was diagnosed in utero at 18 weeks with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, Chiari 2 malformation and agenesis of the corpus callosum. As first time parents just starting in this unchartered territory we found an amazing and supportive team of medical professionals at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, who we nicknamed the “Dream Team”. It was a scary time for us but our “Dream Team” gave us a lot of hope and support. Makenna was born in September at Barnes Jewish Hospital and then was transferred to the NICU at St. Louis Children’s Hospital."
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DSC recently celebrated our annual awards ceremony! Please click on the 2016 Award link below for more information on each award given!
Meet Me on Mondays is our feature that highlights current staff members and individuals who chose our services. DSC is full of truly incredible people and we want to share this information with you, the public! Stay tuned to learn about our staff and consumers, how they became involved with DSC, and what they love about the organization! We will be introducing new individuals on Mondays!
This week...let's meet Kim!
Kim is an Apartment Services Case Manager for DSC and hopes to become a Case Coordinator. Right now is helping consumers that live in their own apartments. She loves helping consumers with all different areas of support which can include helping someone lay out their clothes the night before work or a special event or important living tasks such as budgeting their paychecks. What is most enjoyable for Kim is watching the individuals she supports become more independent!
Kim's first position with DSC was working in a group home. Her favorite memory from that position was when she got to take the consumers to their Spring Formal. It was a wonderful experience and so much fun!
Whenever Kim is not working at DSC, she loves going on weekend getaways and expanding her holiday wreath business. Her favorite spot to visit is Hawaii, which is her home, and she goes to visit every Christmas. While in Champaign, she loves to eat J. Gumbo or KoFusion and listen to 90s R&B music.
Thanks Kim for all that you do!
What is LEAP? To gain a better understanding of what becoming LEAP certfied can mean to your business, click the link below to watch a short video of Michelle Petty, DSC LEAP Coordination, and Jamie Stevens, Community Choices LEAP Coordinator explain the importance of this certification.
DSC and Community Choices are collaborating through the creation of LEAP (Leaders Employing All People) to advance the Employment First initiative. The informational meetings will share the progress of the Employment First Initiative in Champaign County and how it will influences services in the future. These meetings are open to individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities residing in Champaign County, families, friends, and anyone who is interested in supporting this initiative. For more information on the meetings taking place monthly, please click the link below.
Congratulations to our newest Partners for Employment! Along with the effort above to advance the Employment First initiative, a new local initiative has been launched in support of this state-wide effort. Businesses who hire, or are interested in hiring someone with a disability have the opportunity to become a LEAP (Leaders in Employing All People) Certified Employer. Six area businesses are new LEAP Certified Employers. Congratulations to Clark Lindsey Village, Peter Pan Too, Schnuck's of Savoy, Deep Silver Volition, County Market on Kirby. who recently became LEAP certified.
Rockwell Automation was one of our first LEAP certified businesses, and when asked why they decided to become LEAP certified, Ms.Marty Miner, Senior Human Resource Representative, shared, “It’s just the right thing to do.” In working to make Champaign County an even more disability inclusive community, we are offering businesses to receive this certification through the hiring, or interest in hiring, people with disabilities. If you are interested, please contact Partners for Employment at (217) 360-0033 or via email at email@example.com.
Well we have just the thing for you! DSC Business Operations center recycles all kinds of cardboard and paper - including magazines, catalogs, office paper, etc. - as part of our effort to keep the environment clean and financially support DSC's programs. (We do not accept books at this time).
You can bring your recyclable paper to DSC’s Business Operations at 3102 W Clark Rd in Champaign, 8am—4pm, M-F. From Duncan, turn west onto Clark Rd (just north of Springfield). Turn right to go behind DSC’s Business Operations facility to drop off your items at the back loading dock door.
Our staff strives to provide quality supports and services to consumers, their families, and fellow employees each and every day and they deserved to be recognized for their exemplary work!
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