Thursday, October 29, 2015

Innovations Super Hero

One of Imagine!’s Innovations department’s recognition programs is to name staff members each month who have gone above and beyond in providing services.  This program was designed to recognize and thank employees and providers in the categories of: Health, Safety, and Wellbeing; Effectiveness and Efficiency; Respect and Dignity; Opportunities; Integrity; and Care (HEROIC). All employees who are given a Heroic Award within a month time period become eligible for being named the “Super Hero of the Month.”

We are very proud to announce that this month’s Innovations “Super Hero of the Month” is Christie Talkington, who works in our Innovations for Children program as a Foster Care Placement Worker.

 Christie was nominated by her supervisor because:

The past month has been very challenging for two foster children who Christie is the placement worker for, involving an investigation, a move, safety planning, interaction with caseworkers, schools, guardians, and the foster parents.  As soon as things settled down, one of the children had a health crisis and needed emergency care and surgery, and Christie coordinated everything. She drove all over the metro area, and even stayed at the hospital until midnight with the kiddo so that the child would not be alone in their hospital room. It was tough work for everyone during this crisis, and it involved a great deal of problem solving throughout. This crisis was eventualy resolved when a new foster family, with children of their own, opened their hearts and created a safe place for the children in crisis.

Through it all Christie maintained her smile, contageous laughter, and a sense of calm. Christie does a phenomenal job, and the children are fortunate to have her as their advocate and placement worker. Christie, you ROCK!

When you see Christie, please congratulate her for her hard work and dedication.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Case Management Unsung Hero

Imagine!’s Case Management department works with a lot of great people. To show how much they are all appreciated, each month they choose “Unsung Heroes” within the department. Case Managers, support staff, and Case Management supervisors all put in nominations describing what the person has contributed to Case Management to go above and beyond to support those we serve.

For October, we’d like to recognize James Staiger as our Case Management Unsung Hero.

The nomination for James came from a parent who emailed the ACL after meeting with James. Here is what the ACL shared:

I received some really great feedback from a parent the other day regarding James Staiger, from a mom who was so relieved to have such a competent Case Manager that she was in tears! As she related it, James was able to gather and forward her all of the resources and information she needed for her daughter before she was even off the phone with him. It was a great relief to her and her family to know that they’re in such capable hands.

Congratulations James and thank you for representing all of us at Imagine so well.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Imagine!'s CORE/Labor Source Artists at EXPO

Two weekends ago, artists from Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department sold their original artwork at the Handmade in Colorado Expo in Boulder. A little rain didn’t stop the enthusiasm of the crew! They sold almost $450 worth of fantastic art in total! Lana and Rae (pictured below) were fantastic ambassadors for Imagine! and CLS, getting community members interested in our program and what we work towards in the CLS art room. Congrats to all involved, and special thanks to Bridget Carroll for organizing the event and Cailin Belle Nygren for sharing these photos on our Faceboook page!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

`Tis the Season: Pumpkin Spiced Lattes

It is Fall, and the folks at Imagine! are “talking” about their favorite autumnal beverage. Check out Lindsey, Bridget, and Rebecca making the signs for the drink they are craving during an Imagine! CORE/Labor Source sign language class.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Imagine! Leadership Development Group (LDG) 2015 - 2016

Today, I’d like to officially introduce the members of the 2015-2016 Imagine! Leadership Development Group (LDG). This year’s LDG members are (from left to right in the picture below):

Tim West-Heiss, who works in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source program,

Shannon Bundy, who works in Imagine!'s Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome,

Laura Ball, who works in Imagine!’s Human Resources department,

Maria Klickna, who works in Imagine!’s Family Support program, and

Sterling Wind, who works in Imagine!’s Public Relations department.

The purpose of Imagine!’s Leadership Development program is to provide a coordinated platform that strategically develops talent within Imagine! to address the company’s leadership needs for the future. The program is designed to educate employee participants about the complexities of the organization and to assist management in learning about people with talent that may be good matches for leadership roles.

Each participant in the LDG will gain a broad understanding of leadership skills and be provided the opportunity to apply their learning in various settings. Each participant will assess their present strengths and areas for growth and realize their potential for leadership. Leadership skills and knowledge gained will be applicable in many aspects of the successful participant’s experiences.

The Leadership Development Group will utilize a variety of methods of learning during the course of the year. These methods will include opportunities for self-study, facilitated group meetings, attendance at other Imagine! meetings, mentoring, training opportunities, and presentations.

Congratulations to all of this year’s LDG members. I think you will find it to be a very rewarding experience. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and, just as important, to learning from you throughout the year.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Via Mobility: Informational Meeting

Via Mobility Services invites you to an informational meeting
to learn more about Via’s transportation service in Boulder, Colorado.
Current Via riders can share their feedback as well.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015
When: 9:00 AM to10:30 AM
Where: Via Mobility Services
2855 N. 63rd Street.
Boulder, CO 80301

Come to the Front Desk at our North Doors.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award: October 2015

Meagan Little:
Recipient of the October 2015
Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award

Congratulations are in order for Meagan Little, who works for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department, on being selected as the October 2015 recipient of the Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award.

Below is some information from Meagan’s nomination, which ably demonstrates why she was selected as this month’s recipient:

Meagan is someone who consistently goes above and beyond her job requirements, and does so in a humble fashion. She recognizes the importance of quality service to CLS participants and has come up with creative methods to support this knowledge. Meagan has demonstrated an interest in communication and technology as a means of supporting individuals and has come up with and implemented creative ideas in her classes. In her iPad class, she has methodically determined everyone’s interest and ability levels, and designed a unit around "money management" that incorporates these elements. She determined which apps truly teach folks how to manage money, and used her knowledge to determine which ones each individual may potentially be adept at using. This method allows for a more individualized curriculum design and promotes learning on a scale respectful to abilities. This is just one of the amazing reasons Meagan absolutely deserves this award!

Great work, Meagan, and congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Imagine! Volunteers in Action: Nicole and Piper

Nicole and Piper visit Imagine!’s Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome weekly, and the residents love working on new tricks with Piper.

Pictured below are Lana and Nicole working on some new dance moves with Piper. Thank you to Site Supervisor Shannon Bundy for sharing the picture below with Lana, Nicole and Piper the therapy dog