Thursday, June 14, 2018

Out & About Summer Programs Underway

Imagine!’s Out & About Summer Camp and Summer Catalog 2018 has officially begun. We have a record breaking 42 qualified instructors and five interns ready and excited to go! To make sure the new staff members got started on the right foot, Out & About hosted a multi-day training and orientation, including a “Trust Run,” which, as the video below demonstrates, generated many smiles and much laughter.


Monday, June 11, 2018

Imagine!'s Early Intervention Rockstar: Heather Forsyth

Imagine!’s Early Intervention (EI) program has a terrific team working to create a world of opportunity for all abilities. To show their appreciation, this team chooses a “Rockstar” each month within their program. Team members submit nominations describing what the nominee has contributed, going above and beyond to support those we serve.

We would like to recognize Heather Forsyth as this month’s Rockstar.

“Heather exceeds expectations in her role as the Early Intervention Intake Service Coordinator. Heather manages all new Early Intervention referrals to Imagine!, while going beyond the requirements of the job assignments to ensure that our families understand the process and that our data is superb. Heather spends a lot of her time offering outreach to our community and is a part of various different networks to strengthen our partnerships. Heather is dependable, loyal and dedicated to her job and strives to provide excellent customer service to all she works with. Heather effectively adapts to change, and demonstrates exceptional professionalism and consistency in the quality of her work. Heather is detailed oriented, which is important in her role and to the Early Intervention department. Heather is truly a Rockstar and Early Intervention is so lucky to have her!”

Friday, June 8, 2018

Eagle Scout Project

David Park is entering his senior year at Monarch High School, and also on the verge of receiving his Eagle Scout Rank through the Boy Scouts of America. To achieve this rank, every Scout must complete a service project, and David chose to partner with Imagine! for his project.

David’s sister, Gina, has been receiving services from Imagine! for over a decade. “Imagine! has given so much to Gina and our family that I wanted to give back,” said David. “They provided a platform to help Gina and that really struck a chord with me. She learned how to express her emotions better, helping us understand her needs.”

Imagine! provided Gina and her family a platform, and in turn, David literally provided Imagine! a platform by way of a refurbished second level deck at the Boulder CORE/Labor Source (CLS) site. After several meetings and a year of collaboration, David felt this was his best way of giving back.

“My Scout Master suggested that this project would be too big and he recommended I pick something else. But I saw how badly it needed repair and felt that it would have the biggest impact on services at Imagine!.” David recruited a total of 20 boy scouts and parents to help out.

“It was a labor of love on David’s part,” said Jeff Rodarti, CLS Coordinator.

David and his crew stripped the old and rusted baseboards and fencing, then CLS staff members gutted the mud and junk that was resting underneath the boards. The next three weekends involved all the construction and assembly. One weekend, David and his dad built and installed the railing on their own.

After four full weekends of hard work, David and his volunteers finished a job that was predicted to be too big of a task. David and Jeff Rodarti were determined to see this project through, putting in countless hours of preparation and labor.

“We are very grateful to David for his time and effort,” said Rodarti. “Not only was the old deck an eyesore, but it was slowly becoming a safety risk.” The counselors have already taken advantage of the new space, using it to complete documentation or make phone calls. The coordinators plan to schedule staff development activities on the new deck as well.

"If feels great to see the project finished," said David. "I learned how to be more flexible and that not everything will work out as planned." David has only a few merit badges to go before receiving his Eagle Scout Rank. "The hard part is over." The endless hours of planning and constructing are in the books, and Imagine! is grateful for his service.    

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Kirsten Wineke - June 2018 Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Recipient

Congratulations are in order for Kirsten Wineke, part of our CORE/Labor Source team, who was selected as the June 2018 recipient of the Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Kirsten cares for clients and staff throughout each day with a friendly attitude. Kirsten is aware of many details of what is going on each particular day. Kirsten thinks ahead and tackles unexpected problems when they arise. Kirsten also puts together of creative, thoughtful, and fun activities for the classed which she is assigned to lead. Kirsten cares about both clients and staff and engages people in a way that makes them feel valuable.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero – Julie Locke

Congratulations to Julie Locke on being selected as an Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero!

“I had requested an important form for a client, and the form had been lost by the provider three times. Several months later I had exhausted all my options, and still didn’t have the form, when Julie offered to use her connections to help me obtain the completed form. I had the completed and signed form within two days. I’m not sure what supernatural powers Julie invoked to accomplish the seemingly impossible, but I am VERY thankful for her help and support.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Remembering Clara

In late April, we said goodbye to a dear friend who lived at Imagine!’s Foothills Group Home.

Clara Genner, 94, died peacefully in her sleep, and her roommates and care givers at Foothills put together some thoughts to reflect on Clara’s well lived life.

Tavio (roommate): I miss her. She’ll be good up in heaven with God. She is up there with the angels and probably thinking about us. 

Aneta (roommate): I miss her. She always seemed to care about everybody else.

Barbara (roommate): She was a very good person. 

Sarah (care giver): It was truly amazing for me to see all of the people who cared about and loved Clara come together at the end of her life to support and honor her. She impacted so many lives. One of my favorite memories of Clara was when she told me about peeling potatoes at the restaurant she used to work at. I’d never heard her talk about this before. She was the first person with a disability to be hired by a Longmont employer, which is written on an old newspaper clipping in her bedroom. What an inspiration! I miss her curiosity about others. She always asked me about my living situation and my family by saying: “do you live by yourself?” and “do you have a mommy and daddy?”. She warmed my heart when she would call me “honey” and tell me that she loved me. She had such a big heart and so much love to share with this world. She was always so strong and stayed that way all the way to the end. She will be dearly missed. Rest in peace Clara “Darling Rose” Genner.

Chelsea (care giver): She was loved by all seven of her roommates. She’s been with Imagine! for a long time. She loved dogs. She loved asking people about their dogs, kittens, and children. Her favorite color was pink. She was really active in her church, she believed in God and Jesus. She was a lovely human, feisty, genuine. She was just so deeply cared about, and she so deeply cared about other people.

We gathered as a house for a "Celebration of Clara’s Life." We shared fond memories from the most joyous to hard times as well. We shared what Clara has taught us about life. We all laughed when we remembered how thoroughly she enjoyed her gummy fruit snacks. All staff agreed that Clara has taught us about patience. She taught us the importance of speaking your mind and saying exactly what it is that you want/need. She was a teacher to us all.