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Support, Inc. Welcomes New Staff Account, April Hanie

Please join us in welcoming April Hanie, our new Staff Accountant. April started with us in early November and will be working out of the Aurora Office.

April will be taking over the staff accountant responsibilities that Jane has been doing, in addition to some other ones that Carole has been keeping.  This includes all manners of disbursements, payroll and month end closing.

April comes to us with some really great experience, having worked for a service company that provides accounting, tax and bookkeeping support to many clients in the trucking and transportation industry.

Welcome to the team April!  We are super excited and look forward to working with you!

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LIFE Club Events for This Week!

Please Note: there are several day/time changes for the programs from last week forward. Double check the days/times of your favorite groups 😊

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, November 16

LIFE Club: Jell-O!

When:  Monday, November 16 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we make our very own Jell-O molds and discuss what we’re grateful for! Pick up a box of your favorite Jell-O and whatever else you like to put in your Jell-O mold! Some examples are mini marshmallows, mandarin oranges, your favorite fruit, chocolate chips, or sparkling water to give it a little pizzazz.

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

Tuesday, November 17

Pop Culture Club: NaNoWriMo

When:  Tuesday, November 17 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What:  It’s National Novel Writing Month! Come for an opportunity to express yourself in writing! We will learn about writing, discuss different stories, and learn what makes a good story.

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

Wednesday, November 18

MVP Club: Group Goals!

When:  Wednesday, November 18 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 week, we will be making a poster about our group goals. 

Materials needed: paper and markers or crayons

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86571217826

Moving and Grooving: Better Belly Yoga

When:  Wednesday, November 18 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What: Come learn some yoga moves that help with digestion!

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

Thursday, November 19

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, November 19 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, November 20

Pop Culture Club: Making Traditions Our Own

When:  Friday, November 20 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us as we discuss how we celebrate, what we are looking forward to, what we may have to miss or adjust to this year, and all around how we can adapt and still have a good time!

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

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LIFE Club Events-new times for groups!

Please Note: there are several day/time changes for the programs from this week forward. Double check the days/times of your favorite groups 😊

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Monday, November 2

LIFE Club: Voting Games!

When:  Monday, November 2 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us for a discussion about voting and how elections work!

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

Tuesday, November 3

Pop Culture Club: Voting and Civic Engagement

When:  Tuesday, November 3 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What:  Come for an opportunity to express your human rights. We will learn about government, civic engagement, and how to participate. Why is everyone talking about registering to vote?! Let’s find out!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324855770

Wednesday, November 4

Special Pop Culture Club: Post-Election Discussion

When:  Wednesday, November 4 from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm

What:  Come for an opportunity to ask questions and express your feelings following the election. This group is open to ALL- clients, providers, caregivers, and staff.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324855770

In addition to the Post-Election Discussion, our clinicians are available to talk. Feel free to contact them via email.

Gwen- Gwen.Bonilla@supportinc.com

Ashley- Ashley.Treiber@supportinc.com

Chris- Christopher.Sharkey@supportinc.com

Moving and Grooving: Strength

When:  Wednesday, November 4 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What: This week is all about strength. What makes you strong? We will discuss different types of strengths and how it relates to both our inner and outer selves.

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

Thursday, November 5

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, November 5 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, November 6

Pop Culture Club: Talking Traditions

When:  Friday, November 6 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: This week we will be shifting our focus to the holiday season!Join us as we discuss how we celebrate, what we are looking forward to, what we may have to miss or adjust to this year, and all around how we can adapt and still have a good time!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324855770

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Lauren Moore, New HR Assistant Joins Support

Please join us in welcoming our new HR Assistant, Lauren Moore, to Support!

Tuesday September 29th, 2020, Lauren will be joining the Support, Inc. team as our Human Resources Assistant. Her responsibilities will be developed over the coming weeks, but look forward to developing her role to help fit our growing needs.

Lauren holds a B.B.A. in Human Resources Management from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is currently a pursuing a Master’s Degree in HRM from Colorado State University. In 2012, Lauren began her career in the Telecommunications industry – working in several areas of HR/Talent Acquisition, Sales, and Program Management.

Lauren is a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States. In 2001, she relocated from the EU to Oklahoma City, OK with her Air Force family. Lauren’s interests include: world traveling, amateur skiing and cooking. She is formerly licensed as a Private Investigator and freelanced her services for three years. Lauren currently resides in Littleton, CO with her partner.

She is greatly looking forward to meeting the Support, Inc. team. If you would like to connect with Lauren via LinkedIn, her URL is: www.linkedin.com/in/hrlaurenmoore

We are excited to bring Lauren aboard and look forward to all she can and will bring to our developing department.

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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events!

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Tuesday, October 27

Pop Culture Club: Voting and Civic Engagement

When:  Tuesday, October 27 from 10:30am-11:30am

What:  Come for an opportunity to express your human rights. We will learn about government, civic engagement, and how to participate. Why is everyone talking about registering to vote?! Let’s find out!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324855770

LIFE Club:  Halloween Hang Out

When:  Tuesday, October 27 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

What: Get into the Halloween Spirit with some Spooky tunes, decorations, favorite snacks- let’s make this a party! Dress up in your favorite costume!

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

Wednesday, October 28

Moving and Grooving: Halloween Dance Party!

When:  Wednesday, October 28 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

What: Come rattle your bones!

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

Halloween Party!!

When: Wednesday, October 28 at 3:00 pm

What: We will host our Halloween Party online this year! All are welcome to attend.

To join us, please follow the link below and sign in on October 28th at 3:00 p.m. If you haven’t already, please RSVP with Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com

We encourage everyone to arrive costumes and feel free to introduce your pets in costumes as well! Please see the attached and updated flyer for new details. From the costume contest to the trivia and BINGO, we are excited to see everyone soon!

Instructions: In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84259801304 Meeting ID: 842 5980 1304

Thursday, October 29

Please Note Touching Stories has a new time! We will be meeting at 11:30 am now.

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, October 29 from 11:30am-12:30pm

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, October 30

Pop Culture Club: Don’t be a Scaredy Cat 

When:  Friday, October 30 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

What: Join us as we conquer our fears, talk about ghost stories, and celebrate this time of year. This is what we have all been waiting for! Bring your talents, enthusiasm, and imagination!

LIFE Club Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83324855770

Items Needed for Thursday, October 29

1 . An herb or spice that smells f resh (basil, dill, mint, etc)

2. A LONG piece of yarn, st r ing, or rope (REALLY LONG if possible)

3. Something with a smooth, flat sur face — a dinner plate, a picture f rame, or a mi r ror would work

4. A small piece of silky fabr ic (a necktie, a silly handkerchief, etc.)

5. Scissors

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Charlie Bonilla Promoted to Staffing Coordinator

I’m very excited to announce that Charlie Bonilla has been promoted from his role as a DSP to fill the role of Staffing Coordinator within the Clinical & Day Services Department.  Charlie joined the department as a DSP about 18 months ago and quickly became a stellar team member who could consistently fill difficult assignments.  Charlie’s team members consistently describe him as calm, confident, communicative, and eager and willing to learn new things.  Charlie brings his experience within Support, Inc. and that willing eagerness to learn new things and take on new challenges to the Staffing Coordinator role.  I’m really looking forward to Charlie’s contributions to our department and have no doubt that his impact will be felt positively throughout the organization. 

Outside of his work with Support, Inc., Charlie is actively involved in a band as a vocalist, is a filmmaker, and an audio engineer.  Can’t wait to add Charlies talents to our team!

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Emily Minear Joins Support as Our New Day Services Supervisor

Please join us in welcoming our new Day Services Supervisor, Emily Minear 

Emily Minear has joined the team as a Day Services Supervisor! Emily comes to us with experience as a trainer, supervisor, recruiting and hiring manager, and service operations director. Emily’s previous work experience has primarily been in the food and beverage/service industry as the operations manager of a golf club. A former University of Kansas Jayhawk, where she studied Arabic and Islamic studies, Emily is a recent addition to the Denver area and is excited about the Colorado community and lifestyle. In Emily’s free time she loves going to music festivals or concerts as well as hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado mountain towns with her boyfriend Alec and their miniature Australian shepherd Django.

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Additional Voting Information for Colorado Residents with Disabilities

Support, Inc. recently shared a post with critical voting information to review. Today we’re sharing an addition post with further details regarding the election.

To start, our Pop Culture Group (hosted by Meredith) is focusing on voting, every Tuesday from now until the election. For more information please contact Meredith at Meredith.Kane@supportinc.com.

Once you’re registered to vote, it’s time to find a polling place! Keep in mind, you’re able to vote by mail and at home, if need be. Otherwise, refer to this interactive polling locator to find a suitable location to vote. You can also search ballot drop box locations on this website, as well.

We know that voting can be tricky sometimes, when these questions are phrased in a way that can bring about confusion. Luckily, we have a few resources to help us understand the details of these measures and propositions.

  1. Ballotpedia
  2. Colorado Judicial Performance Information
  3. Developmental Pathways Explains a Few Propositions

If you choose to vote by mail, you can track your ballot in real time. Follow this link to check the status of your ballot.

The Arc of Colorado offers a full write-up on voting in the upcoming elections. And if you need a ride to the polls, please contact Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com so she can get you connected with transportation as quickly as possible!

Lastly, we have FAQs for Voters with Disabilities.

Voters with Disabilities FAQs

Q1. If I use a wheelchair and my polling place is inaccessible to me, what can I do?

A1. State and federal laws require that every polling place be accessible. If your polling place is not accessible, make your local election office aware of any issues. Please refer to this list of county election office contacts to touch base with your local county election official.

You may also file a complaint under the federal Help America Vote Act (“HAVA”) with the Secretary of State’s office. Information about the HAVA Complaint Process is available on the Secretary of State’s website.

Q2. How will I receive my ballot?

A2. All Colorado voters receive mail ballots. Eligible voters with a disability may request to access their ballot and vote their ballot electronically. An eligible voter must print the voted ballot, the accessible ballot application, and sign the accessible ballot application. All of these materials must be returned together and returned through the USPS or in-person at a county drop-box or county VSPC. For your mail ballot to be counted, it must be received by the county clerk’s office no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you did not mail your ballot in with enough time to meet the deadline, you MUST deliver it to your county clerk’s office by 7:00 PM on Election Day.

You may also vote in-person. To vote in-person, you must surrender your mail ballot and vote at a designated voter service and polling center. The deadline to vote in-person is 7:00 PM on Election Day.

Q3. I use a walker and have great difficulty walking long distances without sitting down to rest. My polling place is in a building that has designated accessible parking and an accessible entrance. However, the actual polling place within the building is located a significant distance from the entrance closest to the parking lot. What can I do?

A3. If you prefer to cast your ballot in person, rather than vote by mail, you might consider informing your county clerk about this problem. They may be able to relocate the polling location within the building. If this isn’t feasible, they may be able to place a chair or bench along the route so that you can rest.

Q4. I have a reading disability and have trouble reading and understanding what is printed on my ballot. I would like to be able to vote privately and without help. What are my rights?

A4. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Colorado laws require that voters with disabilities be able to cast their vote privately and without assistance. Each county has purchased accessible voting machines to be used in every polling place election. These new voting machines use assistive and adaptive technology to provide the opportunity for voters with a wide range of disabilities to vote privately and independently.

Q5. I have a mental disability. Are there any restrictions on my right to vote in Colorado?

A5. No. Although some states restrict those with mental disabilities from voting, no such restrictions exist under Colorado law.

Q6. I have a friend or a relative who is currently confined in a mental institution. Will they be given a ballot to vote?

A6. Section 1-2-103 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, specifies that individuals confined in a state institution with behavioral or mental health disorders “shall not lose the right to vote because of [their] confinement.” Meaning, that as long as the confined individual is otherwise eligible to vote, he/she will be given a ballot. Colorado law further requires that state institutions for person with behavioral or mental health disorders help assist confined individuals register to vote and obtain a mail ballot.

Q7. I have a relative or a friend who I do not believe can understand or cast a ballot. What can I do?

A7. Regardless of how others view an individual’s state of mind, if the individual has the ability to direct how they would like to vote and they are otherwise registered to vote, then they must be allowed to vote. What matters is the voter’s intent: if the voter’s intent can be determined, then the voter must be allowed to vote.

If the individual is unable to articulate his/her preference when voting, then others should not cast a vote for them.

Q8. What can I do if I believe that my voting rights have been violated?

A8. You can file an election complaint directly with the Secretary of State’s office at 1700 Broadway, Suite 200, Denver, CO 80290. The election complaint template can be found on the Secretary of State’s website within the Help America Vote Act link under the Election Laws, Rules, and Resources tab.

If you need assistance completing and filing your complaint, you may contact Disability Law Colorado. You can contact Disability Law Colorado by calling either their Denver office at 1-800-288-1376 or 303-722-3619 (TTY) or their Grand Junction office at 1-800-531-2105 (V/TTY).

As mentioned previously, our goal is to connect as many people receiving services to voting as possible by removing any potential barriers and eliminating any confusion. We are here for you and happy to help in any way that we can!
For further questions, comments or concerns related to voting, please email Support’s DEI Committee at DEICommittee@supportinc.com.

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Support, Inc. Halloween Party to be Hosted Online

Support’s Annual Halloween Party will be moving to Zoom this year! We have a fun lineup planned for this event, including a costume contest and haunted trivia.

This event will take place on October 21st from 3-5 p.m. Costumes are suggested but not required. We will also dedicate a moment to pet costumes, as well! Aside from the costume contest, we will also host a Haunted Trivia Game and BINGO with a Halloween Theme. In addition, we’re sharing spooky stories and welcome guests to bring their own spooky stories, as well!

To RSVP and receive the login details, please email Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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Erik Nielsen Returns to Support as Associate Director of the Denver Metro 1 Team

Please join us in welcoming back Erik Nielsen:

It’s great to be back! I have re-joined the Support, Inc family as of August 17th after completing active duty service time with my Army Reserve unit this past year. It’s been my pleasure to reconnect with co-workers, providers, and clients over these past several days.

I’m excited to take on a new role within the company, now overseeing things for the Denver Metro 1 Residential Team. I will do my best to continue to provide the best service possible to the people we serve. Looking forward to talking with you soon!