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LIFE Club Events This Week!

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

We are switching to a different platform for LIFE Club. Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Tuesday, July 28

LIFE Club:  Game Night

When:  Tuesday, July 28 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

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! This week we will go back to a classic and have a game night! We will play charades and other fun word games. Please follow the new link below to participate! LIFE Club is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow meet.google.com/cvq-xaya-swy at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, July 29

Moving and Grooving:  Tai Chi

When:  Wednesday, July 29 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. This week will have a tai chi theme! 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!

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 for any questions.

Thursday, July 30

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, July 30 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.

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!

Friday, July 31

Pop Culture Group:  Cartoons and Animation

When:  Friday, July 31 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. 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. Last we learned what “episodic” means. This week we are watching more than one episode and talking about how story lines can connect. This one is for the tv lovers!

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, July 30

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

A Day at the Beach Scavenger Hunt!

  1. Shredded up newspaper (just a couple sheets)
  2. A plastic bag
  3. Something that smells like flowers (real flowers, a candle, perfume, etc.)
  4. Sandpaper (or something that feels gritty – a pumice stone, or the rough side of a scrubbing sponge)
  5. Vanilla (or something that smells like vanilla)
  6. Bubbles (you can get them at the dollar store or grocery store, but if that’s not available, a little  dish soap in water)
  7. Aluminum foil
  8. A towel
  9. Bandaid
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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Check out our new Pop Culture Group on Fridays.

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Tuesday, July 14

LIFE Club:  The “Ungame”

When:  Tuesday, July 14 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

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! The UnGame is the game with a thousand answers to every question!  In this non-competitive game, everybody wins as we learn more about each other by asking questions like “What would you do with a million dollars” and “If you were going to write a book, what would the title be?” LIFE Club is open to all.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89924525638 at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, July 15

Moving and Grooving:  Adaptive Yoga

When:  Wednesday, July 15 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. Let’s slow down and take a day to get back to basics. We will stretch and focus on our inner strength by using adaptive yoga techniques. This is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities!

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 for any questions.

Thursday, July 16

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, July 16 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.

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!

Friday, July 17

Pop Culture Group:  Cartoons and Animation

When:  Friday, July 17 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. 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!

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, July 16

We’ll do two stories:

Scavenger Hunt for How the Elephant Got Its Trunk!

Find the following items:

  1. A spray bottle
  2. Tongs
  3. A long sock
  4. Something that smells like flowers
  5. A banana or something that smells and/or tastes like a banana. Any fruit would be acceptable!

Scavenger Hunt for Six Blind Men and the Elephant!

Find the following items:

  1. A spice tea bag, cinnamon, or something that smells like cinnamon
  2. A Hairbrush
  3. A piece of rope (or string)
  4.  A hand-held fan or a piece of cardboard
  5. A bucket or small plastic trash can
  6. A picture of an elephant (from a book, magazine or printed froma google image search)

Lay the items out in order.  Position the client so that (s)he is sitting within reach of a wall

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LIFE CLub Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Check out our new Pop Culture Group on Fridays.

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Tuesday, July 7

LIFE Club:  We are taking a break from LIFE Club for Tuesday, July 7. Join us again on Tuesday, July 14!

Wednesday, July 8

Moving and Grooving:  Diving into Summer

When:  Wednesday, July 8 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. This week we are truly diving into summer! We are moving and grooving to some summertime music so we can be ready to hit the pools when they open. This is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities!

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 for any questions.

Thursday, July 9

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, July 9 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 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.

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 for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, July 10

Pop Culture Group:  Reflection

When:  Friday, July 10 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. Come explore different styles of music and comedy for the next six weeks as we discuss, sing, dance, and laugh. Let’s take some time to reflect on all that we’ve experienced in the last few weeks. We want to hear your likes and dislikes and discuss our next topic for this group! This will end our comedy and music session.

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, July 9

We’ll do two stories:

Scavenger Hunt for Little Red Riding Hood!

A Red piece of fabric (big enough to be placed around head and shoulder)

A clove of garlic or garlic powder

A stick or tree branch

Something that smells like flowers

A blanket

A piece of wood or other hard surface

A beach ball or other large ball

A cloth glove

A toothpick

A pillow

Scavenger Hunt for Henny Penny!

Wooden Spoon

Empty box or Hardcover book

Something round like a nut

Shirt with a pocket

String

“Pail” or a Jar or a bowl

Berries or something that smells like berries

Nails/Screws/etc

Buttons

Something Furry/Soft

And get ready to make animal noises for a chicken, a duck, a cow, a goose, a pig, a sheep, and a fox

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COVID-19 Updates

From CEO Bentley Smith:

Great job to everyone following the recommended infection control protocols by the Centers for Disease Control and local guidance published by the Colorado Department of Public Environment (CDPHE).  We have had some close calls, but no major known exposures or outbreaks. 

Looking forward to the upcoming summer season, and the lowering of restrictions in our communities, it is imperative that we continue to remain vigilant.  This means following the infection control standards, making informed decisions about activities you may be considering, and discussing your activities with your Support, Inc. team when needed.  The individuals that we serve are considered highly vulnerable to COVID-19, and therefore we all must diligently follow the guidance and limit everyone’s exposure to stop the spread.

You can visit Support, Inc.’s website for the latest news and information, or the CDPHE website for more COVID-19 related information.  Links are below:

Link to Support, Inc. Newsfeed

Link to CDPHE’s COVID-19 Website

We also have our updated screening questions to be used before entering client homes. We will use this same screening tool for visitors entering our offices. For any questions on the screening assessment, please contact Laura at Laura.Viers@supportinc.com

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council

To All Support Inc. Staff,

Recently our Founder Dennis Kirkman and our CEO Bentley Smith sent out a strong and clear statement regarding Support Inc.’s desire to advocate for the rights of disenfranchised people throughout this country. To impact change within our company and to our community, we are forming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council. I (Nick Manning) will be supporting a group of volunteers to help steer organizational decision-making regarding equality in several areas, which will include:

Legal

  • Ensure Support Inc. is following up to date federal, state, and local guidelines.

Respectful and Inclusive Internal Environment

  • Taking inventory of who we are and how we are made up. Then identifying how we want it to look so that our vision of a diverse workforce is reflected in our community.

Cultural and Global Adaptability

  • We deal with a global provider network and must embrace it. Support Inc. must take action to educate ourselves on the community around us and find ways to impact change.

This Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council will be charged with the following:

  • Inclusive leadership group
  • Provide diversity and multicultural training
  • Leverage diversity to enhance cultural adaptability and overall performance
  • Embrace local identity while providing a broad global connection
  • Enhance employee participation
  • Refocus from a company centered view to community focused view

Lastly, the responsibilities of the DEI Council may include:

  • Assist the organizational leadership in the creation and implementation of the DEI strategy and key milestones
  • Embed the diversity and inclusion function across the organization with strong connections to business units and operational divisions
  • Delineate diversity roles and responsibilities and provide for ongoing assessment to ensure effectiveness
  • Broadly build and share knowledge on DEI successes and impact – build the case for DEI!
  • Work with the human resource department to identify specific DEI education content to be included in employee training and professional development
  • Identify DEI barriers that impact recruitment, retention and advancement, recruitment, training, and key assignments
  • Create content and custom DEI messaging for this council to communicate to leadership, management, and the general employee population
  • Act as change agents for the organization – challenge the status quo – champion DEI and promote the company as an employer of choice
  • Identify support for external organizations that fit our DEI mission with time and/or donations

This group will be made up of diverse set of employees from all walks of life and we are soliciting membership for our initial DEI council. Please reach out to me directly if you are interested in participating in this council (my information is below my signature on this document).

Important notes:

  • Individuals interested and chosen for this initial phase of Support Inc.’s DEI initiative will be subject a specified term length, ensuring a continuation of fresh diverse views and perspectives.
  • A secondary phase will call on a larger group of individuals interested in supporting our DEI initiatives as our scope grows.

Together we can make a significant impact on our community and continue to be leaders in our industry.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Council, please email Nick at Nicholas.Manning@supportinc.com

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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Check out our new Pop Culture Group on Fridays.

Please follow the links imbedded in this message to participate.

Tuesday, June 16

LIFE Club:  What Makes the Perfect Sandwich?

When:  Tuesday, June 16 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

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! LIFE Club is open to all. It is time for another ‘cooking’ lesson. Join us as we discuss what makes the perfect sandwich. We will assemble our sandwiches and then eat together at the end. Come ready to discuss and make your favorite sandwich!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89924525638 at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, June 17

Moving and Grooving:  Tai Chi

When:  Wednesday, June 17 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. This week will have a tai chi theme! 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!

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

Thursday, June 18

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, June 18 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 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.

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 for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Friday, June 19

Pop Culture Group

When:  Friday, June 19 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. Come explore different styles of music and comedy for the next six weeks as we discuss, sing, dance, and laugh. This week we are strengthening our funny bone and focusing on comedy. There will be an opportunity to show us your talents after we learn about the skills it takes to perform.

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, June 18

We’ll do two stories:

Stone Soup Scavenger Hunt!

Draw or cut out pictures of

  1. A potato
  2. A tomato
  3. An onion
  4. A zucchini

Find the following items:

  1. A large cooking pot
  2. A flat, round rock (about the size of your hand)
  3. Black pepper
  4. A shirt with a pocket (put the potato picture in the pocket)
  5. A folded blanket or towel (put the tomato picture within the folds)
  6. A pair of pants with a pocket (put the picture of the onion in the pocket)
  7. A boot (put the picture of the zucchini in the boot)
  8. A large spoon
  9. A plate (preferably plastic or metal)
  10. An apple (or something that smells like apple)

Lay the items out in order.  Position the client so that (s)he is sitting at a table

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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Please follow the links included in the descriptions to participate.

Tuesday, June 9th

LIFE Club:  Dance Party or Game Night

When:  Tuesday, June 9th from 5:00pm-6:30pm

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! LIFE Club is open to all. Last week we asked for your thoughts, and we heard you loud and clear! There will be the option of a dance party, playing games, or both! We will take the time to hear everyone’s choice and end the night in a fun way!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95856274486 at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, June 10th

Moving and Grooving:  Disco Dance Party

When:  Wednesday, June 10th 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. This week is all about disco! Learn how funky dance moves can be a fun form of exercise. This is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities!

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

Thursday, June 11th

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, June 11th 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 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.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91755803139 at 11:00am to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions.

Everyone is welcome!

Items Needed for LIFE Club on Tuesday 6/9/2020

-Petroleum jelly

-Cotton balls (5)

-Party balloons

Items Needed for the Scavenger Hunts on Thursday, June 10

We’ll do two stories:

Stone Cutter’s Scavenger Hunt!

  1. Yoga mat or towel

*Make sure to wear comfy clothes.

Six Blind Men and the Elephant Scavenger Hunt!

Find the following items:

  1. A spice tea bag, cinnamon, or something that smells like cinnamon
  2. A Hairbrush
  3. A piece of rope (or string)
  4.  A hand-held fan or a piece of cardboard
  5. A bucket or small plastic trash can
  6. A picture of an elephant (from a book, magazine or printed froma google image search)

Lay the items out in order.  Position the client so that (s)he is sitting within reach of a wall

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LIFE Club Events This Week!

Join us for some upcoming virtual events! Please follow the links included in the descriptions to participate.

Tuesday, May 18

LIFE Club:  Dance Party or Game Night

When:  Tuesday, May 18 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

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! LIFE Club is open to all. Last week we asked for your thoughts, and we heard you loud and clear! There will be the option of a dance party, playing games, or both! We will take the time to hear everyone’s choice and end the night in a fun way!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/95856274486 at 5:00pm to participate. Contact christopher.sharkey@supportinc.com or gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions. Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, May 19

Moving and Grooving:  Disco Dance Party

When:  Wednesday, May 19 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. This week is all about disco! Learn how funky dance moves can be a fun form of exercise. This is a great opportunity to be active during a virtual time. Adaptable for all abilities!

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642887012 at 12:00pm to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact ashley.treiber@supportinc.com for any questions.

Thursday, May 20

Touching Stories

When:  Thursday, May 20 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 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.

Instructions:  In order to participate, please follow https://us02web.zoom.us/j/91755803139 at 11:00am to participate. Everyone is welcome! Contact gwen.bonilla@supportinc.com for any questions.

Everyone is welcome!

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Customer Appreciation Parade

BIG News: We have our Customer Appreciation Parade coming up next week, with 10 routes along the Front Range!

With the recent circumstances regarding COVID-19, we know how difficult these times can be. We miss the people we serve and hope you all are doing well.

We want to thank everyone and show our appreciation. We thank you for your diligence in staying safe and taking care of yourself. We thank you for continuing to maintain social distancing standards. And most of all, we thank you for trusting us with your residential services. It is an honor and a privilege to care for the people we serve.

For route details, please contact your coordinator—we’re so excited to deliver gift bags and to see you from a safe distance!!