Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Imagine!'s Family Support Bulletin - March/April

The March/April Imagine! Family Support Bulletin is available online.

Imagine! Innovations Super Hero of the Month: Connor Henderson

Every month, Imagine!’s Innovations department presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:

  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing 
  • Effective and Efficient 
  • Respect and Dignity 
  • Opportunities 
  • Integrity 
  • Care 
This month, the award was presented to Connor Henderson, who is a Residential Counselor II for our Santa Fe Group Home.

Connor was nominated by his supervisor, who wrote:

Connor is always willing and seems to want to learn more and more new things. He has made it a point to get several of our stakeholders out into the community on the weekends and he always makes time to be with each individual on the days he works. He jumps right into helping his co-workers complete the daily care and support of the individuals we serve without even being asked. He proactively identifies areas that could benefit from some TLC, like organizing the linen closet, dusting window sills, helping clean and organize individuals' rooms and other household tasks not listed on the normal task list. He is always looking for ways to make things operate more smoothly. He has started helping the Residential Assistant Site Supervisor with weekly menus and grocery orders when she is busy doing other things, and I consider him a valuable asset to everyone here at the Santa Fe Home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Imagine! Community Forum - April 10

You Are Invited to the Annual Imagine! Community Forum 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 6:00-7:00 PM 

Join us for our Annual Community Forum on Tuesday, April 10. We will share information about Colorado House Bill 17-1343, regarding conflict free case management. Representatives from Imagine!’s staff and Board of Directors will be on hand to answer questions from families and local community members. Join us in person or by phone!  

To attend in person: R.S.V.P. to (303) 665-7789 

To join by phone: 
1-877-668-4490 Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada) 
1-408-792-6300 Call-in toll number (US/Canada) 
Access code: 803 664 368 

To submit questions prior to the forum, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/imaginecommunityfourm2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Out & About Theater Performance

Below are pictures from last month's Imagine!'s Out & About Adult Centre Stage performance! Held on February 28 at the Broomfield Auditorium, participants and instructors performed "Disney Dog Disaster" for a packed house! Click on any photo to engage the slideshow viewer. 

Dress Rehearsal

The cast bows to a standing ovation

Dan as Jack Sparrow

Emma and Ed have a serious scene on stage

John and PJ as Captain Hook and Aladdin's Genie

Jordy as Yoda

Kyle, Kristel, and Eric pose after the show

Bridget and Jordan pose after the show

Miah and Amy flash a dance pose

Employees of Parlando School of Musical Arts and Imagine! 

Ron, as Goofy, lets out a good laugh

Jordy as Yoda and Tammy as Olaf

Bridget and Kristel, the ones responsible for making this show a big success!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Today Is Spread The Word To End The Word Day

Today is Spread the Word to End the Word Day! Help us raise awareness about the hurtfulness of the r-word by pledging to eliminate the derogatory use of the word from everyday speech and promote the acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Learn more and take the pledge here

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Ian - Featured Artist

It first started with basic painting, then splattering paint off the brush onto the canvas, then squirt and spray bottles. Soon after, Ian found his niche and masterpieces were being made.

“Ian has been selling artwork online, although a lot of them don’t even make it that far because someone sees him creating it and requests to purchase it as soon as it’s dry,” said Erin Schram, Ian’s art teacher at CORE/Labor Source in Longmont.

Erin has worked with Ian since the beginning, helping him find the right tools and methods, allowing him to create art he got excited about.

Ian starts with a white canvas. He chooses colors using the iPad and Erin mixes the color into a bottle. Ian fills all the white space, emptying bottle after bottle. Once the canvas is full of color, he adds texture by spraying splashes of gold, silver, and other bright colors.

What’s with the hazmat suit, you may ask? Once the spray and squirt bottles became Ian’s tools of choice, the suit, goggles, and tarps granted him the freedom to be as creative (and messy) as he wanted to be.

Beyond the canvas, Erin programmed software onto an iPad that allows him to better communicate what colors he wants, as well as a naming page, where he labels his artwork with creative titles. Some examples are ‘Crazy Galaxy’ and ‘Ghost.’ “It gives Ian control of his work,” said Erin.

Ian generously donated four paintings to the silent auction at the Imagine! Celebration in January of 2018, and the artwork raised $165. Thank you, Ian!

To inquire about purchasing artwork from Ian or any of the artists from Imagine!, click here to submit a contact form to CORE/Labor Source: 

Here is a small sample size of Ian's collection:

Monday, March 5, 2018

Congratulations, Chris!

We tip our hats to Imagine! employee Christopher DiRosa for receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship Award through the Open World International Program of Rotary. Chris was recognized for his dedicated passion of serving individuals with disabilities.

Thank you for all you do, Chris!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Jason Kingsbury - Alliance Direct Support Professional of the Year

Imagine! employee Jason Kingsbury has been named the Alliance Direct Support Professional of the Year Award. Alliance is a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Service Agencies (PASAs) that is dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This award recognizes the incredible work DSPs do every day to improve the lives of Colorado citizens with I/DD.

Jason is part of Imagine!'s CORE/Labor Source team. There is hardly a corner of the Imagine! community that Jason hasn’t touched. Over the ten plus years that Jason has been with the organization, Jason has worked in multiple group homes and at day program, supporting individuals to grow and achieve their potentials. For years, Jason regularly puts in overtime, working 6-7 days in a row to fill staffing hours across the organization. His time and efforts have made a real impact keeping group homes open during staffing shortages. Jason is always willing to sacrifice his time to help the team make it happen.

In the course of my time with Jason, he has also demonstrated a dogged advocacy for clients with intense and challenging behaviors. Jason has always been willing to jump in and work the most intensive challenges, and has helped me, personally, to understand the significance of this service. No matter how difficult these challenges have been, Jason has consistently modeled a sense of determined and graceful patience in those moments, even going so far as to educate members of the community with regard to how Imagine! supports those with significant behavioral challenges, and how these individuals deserve a space in the community as much as anyone else.

Direct support requires balance, and Jason demonstrates this trait across every aspect of his work at Imagine!. Over his career, Jason as developed real friendships with the people we serve and at the same time maintains professionalism in his rapport. Jason balances his heart and compassion with effectively implementing behavior therapy. And Jason time and again demonstrates that supporting clients is only a part of the picture. Jason shows up for his fellow team members, too, providing a space where his peers feel comfortable sharing the success and their frustrations. In this capacity, Jason mentors both his coworkers and the clients with whom he works. Moreover, Jason balances his eagerness to improve the lives of the people we serve with a sense of patience and understanding that gives those clients the time and space they need to grow into themselves and develop real, meaningful relationships within their community. And through it all, Jason has always brought a smile to his work.

Way to go, Jason! We're so proud of you!