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STAR Committee Meeting: New Year, Same Me (and Same Agency)

As we enter the third week of the year, many people will soon abandon their New Year’s Resolutions if they haven’t already. The STAR Committee gathered recently to talk about resolutions and to reflect on the last 12 months. 

The committee covered an array of topics ranging from goal setting to compartmentalizing stress in different areas of life. The group remains an open invite to employees and all are welcome to drop-in once a month at their leisure.

At the core of the conversation was the notion that sometimes New Years Resolutions can be rooted in shame. That sometimes we’re led to believe we’re not “good enough” as we are, so we need to lose weight, be more positive and strive to do better against all odds. Despite these annual pressures to “do better and be better”, maybe there’s no improvements to be made in the first place and that’s totally okay. Maybe we’re allowed to accept ourselves as we are, perfectly imperfect and striving for micro goals throughout the year without external expectations for improvements. Whether you decide to set goals or not is up to you, and committee members are here to support one another throughout remainder of this year.

As we usher in a new administration, we remain hopeful that the people and interests we lobby for are well attended to in moving forward. The End the Wait Initiative is a cause worth rooting for, and despite the recent budget cuts, we have a lot to look forward to this year. Our nonprofit arm, BACPAC, is seeing a resurgence. And our DEI Council and Committee has broken up into subcommittees, in an effort to tackle inequities across multiple fronts. Serving people with IDD is at the core of what we do, and we’re optimistic that by the end of this year, we will have seen major improvements across multiple teams to ultimately enhance the services we provide. On behalf of the STAR Committee, we wish everyone a Safe and Happy New Year. Our steadfast dedication to the people and families we serve remains unwavering. Please remember to take care of yourselves and each other.

The STAR Committee serves employees of Support with three objectives guiding the group: Fostering a positive work culture, promoting employee appreciation, and encouraging self-care. The Committee understands what a challenging year 2020 had been and will continue to promote internal opportunities for connection within the organization. In addition, further considerations to explore and strengthen relationships by facilitating one-time events online, mini-series for wellness and email campaigns will be explored, as well. For PRS to connect with their peers, please see our weekly LIFE Club updates on the blog for more information.

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Virtual Events This Week

We have a few cancelations this week-in the meantime, check out the groups that we continue to host online!

These groups are still happening!

Wednesday, January 20

MVP Club

When:  Wednesday, January 20 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Be an MVP (Most Valuable Person) in your community!  In this new group, we will use arts and crafts, games, and engaging discussion to talk about safe relationships, combatting bullying, setting boundaries, and being the best, most valuable person we can be! This group is by reservation only, please contact Gwen if you would like to participate!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please email gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com

Friday, January 22

Pop Culture Club: What the Health!

When:  Friday, January 22 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we discuss nutrition and what’s good for our bodies.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please followhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620087562

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Host Home Provider of the Month

Please join us in congratulating our final Host Home Provider of the Month for 2020, Alice Bomboma!The following write-up was produced by RPC Shanita Lloyd:

I am nominating Alice B for HHP of the month. Alice has my PRS in her home and we know she can have high expectations at times. Alice welcomed this person in her home with open arms and a big heart. Alice has not once complained about the individual’s long list of expectations of her perfect host home, she does everything with a warm smile on her face. The PRS has had issues with dogs in the past but Alice has allowed her to have her service dog in the home and from this, I have seen great improvement in symptoms. Alice is a great asset to the team and we are happy to have her.

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Virtual Events

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, January 4

LIFE Club: Ringing in the New Year

When:  Monday, January 4 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we set our intentions for 2021 and reflect back on 2020.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88541386228

Tuesday, January 5

Pop Culture Club: New Year New Ideas 

When:  Tuesday, January 5 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Join us as we discuss our interests and come up with the next Pop Culture Club theme! 

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620087562 

Chill Club: Come Chill with Us

When: Tuesday, January 5 from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

What: Learn how to stay chill when life gets tough.

Instructions: In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353558685

Wednesday, January 6

MVP Club

When:  Wednesday, January 6 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Be an MVP (Most Valuable Person) in your community!  In this new group, we will use arts and crafts, games, and engaging discussion to talk about safe relationships, combatting bullying, setting boundaries, and being the best, most valuable person we can be! This group is by reservation only, please contact Gwen if you would like to participate!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please email gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com

Moving and Grooving: 80’s Dance Party!

When:  Wednesday, January 6 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What:  This week is all about the 80’s! Come in your most colorful outfits ready to dance!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85277454478  

Thursday, January 7

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, January 7 from 11:30 am- 12:15 pm

What: Gwen and Meredith will first lead participants in a scavenger hunt for the sensory items needed for the stories (all items are common items found in every home) and then will tell the sensory-based stories to the group. Please see the attached list for scavenger hunt items.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86143640216

Friday, January 8

Pop Culture Club: Resolutions and Intentions

When:  Friday, January 8 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we discuss our New Year’s Resolutions and our intentions for 2021.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please followhttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620087562

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Virtual Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, December 28

Life Club has been cancelled this week. Join us next week, January 4th, from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm!

Tuesday, December 29

Chill Club: Come Chill with Us

When: Tuesday, December 29 from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

What: Learn how to stay chill when life gets tough. This week we will be making SLIME!

Materials: Please see attached for the supplies list

Instructions: In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353558685

Wednesday, December 30

MVP Club

When:  Wednesday, December 30 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Be an MVP (Most Valuable Person) in your community!  In this new group, we will use arts and crafts, games, and engaging discussion to talk about safe relationships, combatting bullying, setting boundaries, and being the best, most valuable person we can be! This group is by reservation only, please contact Gwen if you would like to participate!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please email gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com

Moving and Grooving: Tai Chi

When:  Wednesday, December 30 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What: This week will have a tai chi theme! There will be a tutorial and visuals for this fun and meditation based exercise.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85277454478  

Thursday, December 31

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, December 31 from 11:30 am- 12:15 pm

What: Gwen and Meredith will first lead participants in a scavenger hunt for the sensory items needed for the stories (all items are common items found in every home) and then will tell the sensory-based stories to the group. Please see the attached list for scavenger hunt items.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86143640216

Friday, January 1

Pop Culture Club will be cancelled this Friday due to the holiday! Join us on January 8th from 12:15 pm – 1 pm!

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Virtual Events This Week!

*****Coming up!!

Don’t miss Support Inc.’s Christmas Celebration!           🎄                                       

The Party with be on December 22nd from 10 AM to 2:30 PM!

Come  for a day  filled with cookie decorating, gingerbread house making, hot cocoa and more!

Join us in person or online, check the attachment for the flyer with all of the details.

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, December 21

LIFE Club: Holiday Game Day!

When:  Monday, December 21 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Today is holiday game day! Join us as we play Holiday bingo, charades, and minute-to-win it games!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88541386228

Tuesday, December 22

Support Christmas Party!!! ☃🎅

When:  Tuesday, December 22 from 10 am- 2:45 pm

What: Come celebrate Christmas with Support! Join us at any time during the event by clicking on the link below. Please see the attached flyer for the schedule and supplies list.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89347969955

Wednesday, December 23

MVP Club

When:  Wednesday, December 23 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Be an MVP (Most Valuable Person) in your community!  In this new group, we will use arts and crafts, games, and engaging discussion to talk about safe relationships, combatting bullying, setting boundaries, and being the best, most valuable person we can be! This group is by reservation only, please contact Gwen if you would like to participate!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please email gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com

Moving and Grooving: Holiday Yoga!

When:  Wednesday, December 23 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What: Let’s slow down and take a day to get back to the basics. We will stretch and focus on our inner strength by using adaptive yoga techniques.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85277454478  

Thursday, December 24

Touching Stories is cancelled this week due to the holiday. Join us next week, December 31st, from 11:30 am- 12:15 pm!

Friday, December 25

Pop Culture Club will be cancelled for the next two Fridays due to the holidays! Join us on January 8th from 12:15 pm – 1 pm!

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Virtual Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, December 14

LIFE Club: Holiday Movie Day!

When:  Monday, December 14 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Today is holiday movie day! Join us as we watch our favorite holiday movies and play some holiday trivia!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88541386228

Tuesday, December 15

Pop Culture Club: Holly Jolly December  

When:  Tuesday, December 15 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What:  Tis the season to be jolly! Join us as we celebrate different activities of this season. This week we’re going to do faux- ho, ho, gingerbread houses! Cut out your pieces for the gingerbread house before group, don’t be afraid to ask for help with cutting them out!

Materials: Cardboard for house pieces, glue or tape, anything you can find to decorate it!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620087562

Chill Club: Come Chill with Us

When: Tuesday, December 15 from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

What: Learn how to stay chill when life gets tough. This week we will be creating calming jars!

Materials: A jar

Instructions: In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82353558685

Wednesday, December 16

MVP Club

When:  Wednesday, December 16 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Be an MVP (Most Valuable Person) in your community!  In this new group, we will use arts and crafts, games, and engaging discussion to talk about safe relationships, combatting bullying, setting boundaries, and being the best, most valuable person we can be! This group is by reservation only, please contact Gwen if you would like to participate!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please email gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com

Moving and Grooving: Holiday Dance Off!

When:  Wednesday, December 16 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What: Get dressed up in your favorite holiday attire and join us for a holiday dance party! Dancing is a great way to experience different muscle movement.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85277454478  

Thursday, December 17

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, December 17 from 11:30 am- 12:15 pm

What: Gwen and Meredith will first lead participants in a scavenger hunt for the sensory items needed for the stories (all items are common items found in every home) and then will tell the sensory-based stories to the group. Please see the attached list for scavenger hunt items.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86143640216

Friday, December 18

Pop Culture Club: Holiday Talk

When:  Friday, December 18 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we continue to explore other holidays this time of year and  discuss our favorite holiday traditions!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84620087562

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The Support, Inc. Difference

Support, Inc. has provided residential services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 31 years. When you join the Support Family, you are guaranteed a strong and experienced team to meet your needs.

The Support Inc. Difference

Support provides exceptional customer service from day one. Our Intake Team scrutinizes referrals for person-specific details and takes a clinical approach to care. These referrals are not “just another number”. First, we scour every referral to be sure we are able to meet the individual’s needs. Whether you take the Family Caregiver Route or Host Home, we only accept referrals that we feel we are able to accommodate. We do everything we can to get creative with our solutions. By being more selective from the get-go, we reduce the likelihood of someone “blowing out” from their placement. Support is committed to long-term placements and as such, we do everything we can to ensure a solid match the first time around. With over 200 people in services, we can assure you that our creative and flexible approaches to problem-solving have led to excellent outcomes for those we serve.

If for some reason we need another option, we have plenty of Host Homes to choose from. This year alone, the Intake Team has onboarded over 70 new providers, and this doesn’t include the providers we’ve contracted with for many years. From Fort Collins down to Colorado Springs, Support has quite a few providers to choose from-let us find you the perfect match!

For those that opt for Family Caregiver, we have a committee dedicated to making this waiver as easy as possible for our new families coming into services. Our Family Caregiver Committee has dedicated countless hours to reviewing the family caregiver model and experience. We started by examining the onboarding process. Families go through so much to get into services, so we drastically reduced the amount of items needed to get onboarded as an employee. In addition, with ADP (our payroll system), we now have an online and paper option to get going as an employee. The committee also reviewed our training and regulatory training requirements to remove trainings that aren’t relevant or needed for a family who has been living in the world of IDD services for many years.

Ultimately, we focus on how to meet regulations while supporting families to be a family. And if the customer service alone doesn’t set us apart, our individualized budgets truly go above and beyond to meet the needs of the family. We design them to allow for far more flexibility than other agencies (vacations, rent/bill support, hobbies and interests of the individual, etc.). We also review them on a regular basis to ensure it continues to meet the families needs.

Lastly, we have our PCA option available to people in services. This can work a few different ways-sometimes we help our individuals switch the lease from one agency to the next while remaining in the same apartment. We’ve also assisted with moving our residents to a new setting and helping locate the perfect apartment. Our coordinators can help you find a place to live. You would be hard-pressed to identify a living situation we have yet to tackle. Support offers flexible living options, and we also have experience with working alongside HUD inspectors and maintaining Section 8 housing vouchers.

Aside from our residential services, we offer clinical services in-house. And did we mention our amazing Nursing Team and Benefits Specialist? Support, Inc. offers well-rounded, person-centered services with unmatched customer service. At Support, we are redefining the life experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Learn more about the supports we offer by contacting our Intake Team at Intake@supportinc.com.

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HHP of the Month:

Please join us in congratulating Corrie and Chris Colburn as our recent recipients for Host Home Provider of the Month. The following write-up was produced by RPC Jared Trembly:

I want to nominate Chris and Corrie Colburn as Providers of the Month. Since my client had moved in with them earlier in the year they have been extremely amenable and understanding HHP’s. Though the dynamic can be somewhat tricky, their household has been one of stability and comfort for their clients. I do not worry about the level of care each client receives because I know they will be treated the with love, respect and dignity they each deserve. Their communication is top notch and they exemplify the professionalism we look for in Support Inc Host Home Providers. Thank you Chris and Corrie for being outstanding providers for our clientele and embodying the Support Inc ideals!