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COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics Hosted by Support, Inc.

Support, Inc. recently hosted it’s second vaccination clinic, and we’re proud to report on this successful accomplishment! We vaccinated 156 people for their second dose, and about 5 individuals received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. From the set-up to the tear down, we’re so happy to share some details from the clinic. Everything ran smoothly and went off without a hitch.

First, we started by partnering with CDPHE. We worked together with medical staff on-site including RNs from the state and our very own Registered Nurse, Morgan Struck. Morgan and Laura (Associate Director of Quality Assurance) ensured we had the staff we needed to vaccinate as many people as possible, rapidly and safely. Our first clinic held on March 17th went well with no major hiccups. Thanks to this planning and preparation a month ago, we were well-equipped to lead our second clinic with the guidance of CDPHE staff.

It was a group effort to put on this vaccination clinic-before the first and second vaccination clinics, we held volunteer meetings to go over each person’s individual role in the process. We clarified questions and made sure everyone knew what they were doing. By the time the clinics rolled around, we felt well prepared and confident in leading the people we serve through the process we developed.

In addition, our Day Services staff closed the program the day before to prepare for everyone joining us the following day. Our DSPs and Day Program Supervisors were instrumental in hosting the clinic, alongside CDPHE staff. We thank everyone that volunteered their time to make this work. We mapped out our site to have a nice flow for the clinic. We also had a wait area for people to be monitored 15 minutes after their vaccination.

Our established COVID-19 Pandemic Committee thought about this vaccination process for the people we serve from multiple angles. We developed several accommodations for PRS, to make this as easy as possible for them. If someone would rather be vaccinated outside, we offered drive-up services for these individuals. We offered snack and water and juice to anyone that needed it. Support, Inc. also offered fidget spinners and other hand-held “gadgets”, if you will, to help keep folks entertained while they waited 15 minutes during their observation period.

So why did we host this clinic? We wanted the people we serve to have easy access to the vaccine. We also considered the needs of PRS and their families and providers to have a familiar setting in which to become vaccinated. Furthermore, we wanted our staff to have a place to come to, in case they needed the vaccine, as well. Ultimately, we endorse the vaccine and continue to encourage the people we serve and our entire network to get vaccinated soon!

Check out our photos from the vaccine clinic! And for further questions on the planning and the process, please email Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com

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The Wide World of Sports

Support, Inc. hosted its first ever sports event and boy did we have fun! From socially distanced games to DIY baseball cards and stadium snacks, this full-day event was packed with fun activities.

To start, Day Services Supervisors asked our Direct Support Professionals to develop this event with the people we serve. We’re more likely to enjoy ourselves when we have a hand in the planning, and so we wanted our DSPs to “own” this event and have fun with it! When our staff is involved in the planning with our clients, the event is more likely to be successful and engaging for everyone involved. We thank our staff for spearheading these efforts and for being so thoughtful and creative in their brainstorming sessions.

Next, we asked our Day Program attendees what they would like to see for this event.  The Support, Inc. Client Council offers a voice to those that want to express ideas for organizational input and change. The Council came together to plan this as their first major event of the program. The Client Council offers exciting opportunities to be seen and heard and to ultimately get involved with the agency. Once ideas for the Wide World of Sports were developed, a date was set, and the event took off without a hitch.

The Wide World of Sports ran from 9:45-3:15 and included activities such as mini-golf on site and making wrestler’s masks. People were welcome to participate in person or online at their leisure. When basketball happened in person, DSPs ran a separate group online called Fairytale Factory. The group had fun going over Casey at the Bat and having their own mini party online.

In addition, our PRS had fun making their own baseball cards from scratch!! These cards were dressed up as MVPs and each person described their own positive characteristics. These cards proved to be fun and personable, unique to each individual in services. Each card offered insight into how each person sees themselves. In the days leading up to the event, PRS designed their own jerseys too. It was nice seeing everyone decked out in their best sport’s attire, whether it was home-made or Colorado sports teams. I noticed a Bronco’s jersey and Rockie’s swag, too!

Stadium snacks proved to be a fan favorite. We had a nacho bar, popcorn, and hot dogs to boot. Who says you can’t enjoy the food we’ve come to miss just because the stands are closed? Day Program attendees loved dressing up their food and getting creative with the nacho toppings. 

DSPs had a video on YouTube to share called Great Moments in Sports. What I loved about our sports event was, not everything required physical activity. You can talk about sports, watch sports on TV, make wrestlers masks and still be engaged in the topic. This versatile line-up of activities allows for everyone to participate whether you are physically capable of playing sports or not. Our Day Program has a Wii on site, so many folks were able to play Wii sports such as bowling, golf and tennis. Others chose to run the relay race in which you balance an egg on a spoon. I have to say, I don’t even like sports, and I had a great time. This day-long event led me to realize how open-ended the world of sports can truly be.

In closing, I’d say we had a great time hosting this event. From the activities hosted on site to the fun we had online, there’s something for everyone that joins our Day Program. If you’d like to learn more, please email Cathy at Cathy.Kellogg@supportinc.com We would love for you to join our in-house us in the future!!

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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.

All groups will be fully virtual Monday-Wednesday

Monday, January 25

Client Council is at a new time this week!

Client Council

When:  Monday, January 25 from 11:30 am- 12:15 pm

What: Come let your voice be heard! We’re looking for participants for our brand-new Client Council. We want to hear your thoughts about activities, opportunities, and events in our Day Services program.

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

LIFE Club: Game Day!

When:  Monday, January 25 from 12:15 pm- 1:00 pm

What: Join us for a game day! We’ll be playing the ‘What Would You Do?’ game where we go over our reactions to different scenarios.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84207082079

Tuesday, January 26

Pop Culture Club: MLK Jr. Day 

When:  Tuesday, January 26 from 10:00 am-11:00 am

What: Join us as we explore what Martin Luther King Jr. Day is, who he was, and why we celebrate!

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

Chill Club is canceled this week. Check back next week!

Wednesday, January 27

MVP Club is canceled this week. Check back next week!

Moving and Grooving: Organized Dance

When:  Wednesday, January 27 from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm

What:  Join us for a dance party where we will learn organized dances! Dancing is a great way to experience different muscle movement.

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

Thursday, January 28

Touching Stories is on a hiatus for the time being- keep your eyes peeled for a new story telling experience!

Friday, January 29

Pop Culture Club: What the Health!

When:  Friday, January 29 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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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Any and all are welcome!

We have now added another Moving & Grooving and Pop Culture Group! Join us on Tuesdays at 10am and Fridays at 12pm for Pop Culture and Wednesdays at 12pm AND Thursdays at 12:45pm for Moving and Grooving.

Tuesday, September 1

Pop Culture Group: Cartoons and Animation

When:  Tuesday, September 1 from 10:00am-11:00am

What:  Pop Culture Group is an opportunity for clients to come together and connect over their common interests and explore new ideas at the same time. Come explore different styles of cartoons, animation, and comedy through illustrated art. We will learn, laugh, and watch in this upcoming session focused on cartoons and animation. This one is for the tv lovers! Pop Culture Group is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88042448634 at 10:00am to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact meredith.kane@supportinc.com for any questions. All are welcome!

LIFE Club:  Musical Instruments

When:  Tuesday, September 1 from 5:00pm-6:00pm

What: Join us for an evening of friendship, discussion, and learning! These interactive groups will focus on developing skills and confidence for social situations in a way that is fun and informative! Join us this week as we create and play our own musical instruments. Let’s get creative with the items in our house to make kazoos, drums, shakers…the possibilities are endless. We will end with a jam session.  LIFE Club is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88541386228 at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, September 2

Moving and Grooving:  Tai Chi

When:  Wednesday, September 2 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

What:  We will join together to discuss life’s stressors while improving the physical health of our bodies to create a healthy lifestyle by learning helpful social and exercise habits. Thisgroupwill incorporate a different movement activity every session. Join us for tai chi! There will be a tutorial and visuals for this fun and meditation based exercise. This is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities! Moving and Grooving is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85277454478  at 12:00pm to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact ashley.treiber@supportinc.com or meredith.kane@supportinc.com for any questions.

Thursday, September 3

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, September 3 from 11:00am-12:00pm

What: Touching Stories is a unique therapy model, specifically designed for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, that pairs the social and emotional learning of story with sensory integration activities in a way that is educational, engaging, and simply, a lot of fun! We have adapted our Touching Stories for at home use. 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. If you are curious to learn more, please watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcjzvevJ9_w&t=67s. Touching Stories is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86143640216 at 11:00am to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com or meredith.kane@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Moving and Grooving:  Dance Party

When:  Thursday, September 3 from 12:45pm-1:45pm

What:  We will join together to discuss life’s stressors while improving the physical health of our bodies to create a healthy lifestyle by learning helpful social and exercise habits. Thisgroupwill incorporate a different movement activity every session. This week we will celebrate all the hard work from the last few weeks in Moving and Grooving. Join us for a dance party where we will learn the classics like YMCA, The Macarena, Cupid Shuffle, the Chicken Dance and many others. Dancing is a great way to experience different muscle movement. is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities! Moving and Grooving is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83907174169 at 12:00pm to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact ashley.treiber@supportinc.com for any questions.

Friday, September 4

Pop Culture Group: It’s Elementary!

When:  Friday, September 4 from 12:00pm-1:00pm

What:  Pop Culture Group is an opportunity for clients to come together and connect over their common interests and explore new ideas at the same time. Join us as we explore the exciting genre of mystery. We will learn, watch and solve in this upcoming session focused on mysteries and unexplained phenomenon. The game is afoot! This week we will “get a clue” about what makes mysteries work. Pop Culture Group is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88042448634 at 12:00pm to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact meredith.kane@supportinc.com for any questions. All are welcome!

Items Needed For Thursday, September 3

We’ll do two stories:

Scavenger Hunt for Henny Penny!

  1. Wooden Spoon
  2. Empty box or Hardcover book
  3. Something round like a nut
  4. Shirt with a pocket
  5. String
  6. “Pail” or a Jar or a bowl
  7. Berries or something that smells like berries
  8. Nails/Screws/etc
  9. Buttons
  10. Something Furry/Soft
  11. And get ready to make animal noises for a chicken, a duck, a cow, a goose, a pig, a sheep, and a fox

Scavenger Hunt for Obedient Jack!

  1. Yoga mat or towel

*Make sure to wear comfy clothes.

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Host Home Provider of the Month: Tenzing Lama

Please join us in congratulating our recent Host Home Provider of the Month, Tenzing Lama!

The following write-up was produced by RPC Katelyn Bruce on the Denver Metro 2 Team:

I first met Tenzing Lama when I was searching for a home for a client that was hard to place given her supervision requirements and financial struggles. Since moving in, Lama has done amazing with this client, including making her comfortable, encouraging her time with her daughter, and doing his best to get her financial issues taken care of. I was super new to this client but I hadn’t seen her happier than she is when I visit her at Lama’s home, which is why I’m nominating Tenzing Lama as HHP of the month. He is grateful and accommodating and always offers me the best green tea in the world when I come out to the home.

Thank you, Lama, for everything you’ve done and continue to do. (You guys, he also has two super tiny cute dogs that are a JOY to be around…. Hi Tommy!!!)

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Loveland Office Is Moving!

Hello Support Inc. Teams, I am proud to announce that Loveland will be moving its office on July 22nd, 2015! This venture will be a new frontier for Support, Inc. in helping us to navigate a more Family Caregiver centered setting as well as a more Person-Centered feel. It is an old Victorian house built in 1901. It has just been remodeled and will help us to support community activities and support groups to inspire connections that may have not otherwise been made. We also continue to provide Host Home options and Supported Living Services as well as Children Extensive Supports out of the Loveland office.  We are hoping to build and grow in all program areas. We will let you know when we are moved in and ready to have an Open House! We have a kitchen so cooking/baking is encouraged!

We will be at 245 W. 4th Street in Loveland. Keep in mind that the office may be down for a week as we get organized. We will all be working remotely however and can be contacted through our usual contacts. Help us celebrate this awesome addition to Support, Inc. and all of the people that have put in such hard work, creativity and innovation to make this happen! Check it out!

"Colorado Companies to Watch awards at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Photo Steve Peterson"

Colorado Company To Watch

We are thrilled to announce that Support, Inc. has been named as a Colorado Company to Watch, acknowledging the drive, excellence, and influence of Support, Inc. as a growing company in the state. Colorado Companies to Watch honors second-stage companies that develop valuable products and services, create quality jobs, enrich communities, and create new industries throughout Colorado.

“We are pleased to recognize Support, Inc. for their outstanding contribution in fueling the economic fire of Colorado. Thank you, Support, Inc.,” says David Tolson, Colorado Companies to Watch Board Chairman.

Read the Press Release 

Read More about our Nomination

“Colorado Companies to Watch awards at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, June 5, 2015. Photo Steve Peterson”
“Colorado Companies to Watch awards at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, June 5, 2015. Photo Steve Peterson”
Sentinel Article

Support, Inc. Puts ‘Able’ Back Into Everyone’s Lives

Exerpt taken from the Sentinel

“For the thousands of Coloradans with intellectual or developmental disabilities, carving out a societal niche can be a daunting task, if not an impossible one.

Inadequate funding. Limited employment opportunities. A lack of appropriate, supportive housing options. Each of those factors is a hurdle for the estimated 1.5 to 2.5 percent of the American population that lives with some sort of intellectual or developmental disability, according to the Bethesda Institute.

But for more than 25 years, Support Inc. has aimed to clear some of those obstacles, even if just slightly, in order to improve the life of hundreds of people in the metro area.”

Read Full Article Here: https://www.sentinelcolorado.com/news/aurora-company-puts-able-back-everyones-lives/

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25th Anniversary Celebration

Support, Inc. thanks our friends, family and partners for truly making our 25th Anniversary Bash a day to remember. Some of you drove long distances to share this special day with us, and most all of you rearranged your busy schedules to fit in a little fun. Thank you for being apart of this extraordinary journey.

Check out the photos below!

Face painting fun!

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Costume play

Support Inc 25 Year Bash costume photo
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Support Inc 25 Year Bash attendees photo
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Support Inc 25 Year Bash cake
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Support Inc 25 Year Rich and Dennis