Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Donna Learns About The Pilgrims

This blog post, including the photo, came to us in an email from Chantelle Tweten, the Site Supervisor of the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome.  Last night we got a little more information from Donna in person at her home.

In the photo, Donna shows a work sheet that she completed that helped her to learn about the pilgrims and the Mayflower.  Some of the things Donna learned while studying about the pilgrims are that the pilgrims left England because the King wanted them to worship his way and they didn't agree. Also, the trip on the Mayflower was hard and many people got sick on the way. The ship arrived in the New World in 1620, and landed in what was to become the Plymouth Colony.

Donna asked to pass on her wishes for everyone with Imagine! to have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving From John

This blog post came to us during a visit to the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome last week. John wanted to share some of his thoughts for the blog, so here they are.

I went to the Spaghetti Factory in Denver over the weekend. I had spaghetti and meatballs. It was great. Even the salad was good!

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving. I'm going to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on TV because I've been to New York City. I went with my parents, and another time with Joan Handley. We saw a lot of neat things, like Times Square. Please wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving for me.

This is John at an FAC last year showing his temporary pirate tattoo.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

SmartHome Residents Learn About States

This post came to us in a visit last night to the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome. Three of the residents are working on a project orchestrated by Claudette Moloney, one of the counselors at the home. The project involves them each choosing a state they wanted to research, and making posters with various information about those states. John chose New York, Rae chose California (where she was born), and Lana chose Oklahoma.

Below are some photos of the project. The posters include items such as the state bird, state flower, state motto, state capital, and a map of the state.  It seems like a safe bet that not many people know that the state muffin of New York is the "apple muffin," but thanks to John, now we know.

John with his New York state book where he got
a lot of his information from.

John's New York state poster.
Lana with her Oklahoma book. We learned that the
state bird is the scissor-tailed flycatcher, and it has a very long tail.


Friday, November 15, 2013

John Has A New Job At Celestial Seasonings

This blog post came to us in an audio email from John. John lives at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder, and all of the residents in that home have access to audio emails they can send and receive. The picture John is referring to is the photo below, of him and his housemate Lana that was recently taken at their house.  The residents are always appreciative when we send them emails that include photos that we have taken of them, and it's our pleasure to be able to pass those photos along to the residents.  Thanks for keeping in touch with us John, and we hope to hear more soon about your new job at Celestial Seasonings.  

Hi, This is John. I really want to thank you for the picture you sent. I hope you have a fun Friday tomorrow. I am working at Celestial Seasonings now, I want you to know that I have a new job. I will talk to you later on. Good night, bye bye.

John and Lana, housemates at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mandy, Shelly, And Shannon Treated To Lunch At Johnny Carino's

This blog post came to us in an audio email on Sunday from Mandy, who is a resident at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder. The residents at that home have access to an audio email system which allows them to easily send and receive audio emails so they can keep in touch with their friends and families.

The photo came to us in an email from Shannon Bundy, the Assistant Site Supervisor at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome. Shelly is a resident at the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont.

Shelly Pearson and I and Shannon Bundy went to lunch today at Johnny Carinos. I ate pizza and so did Shelly, and Shannon had a salad. Shannon had tea, I had a Coke, and so did Shelly. It was really good. Also, the table next to us bought us a $50 gift certificate which I thought was really cool so we didn’t have to really pay for our lunch except for the tip. It was really, really nice. I will talk to you soon, and when you get this message would you please put this in the blog? I hope to see you soon. Have a great day. Bye.

Mandy, on the left, and Shelly having lunch at Johnny Carino's
restaurant on Sunday, November 10th. Photo taken by Shannon Bundy.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Thank You Fall River Elementary School

Today's blog post is a photo of five of the residents at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder holding signs thanking Fall River Elementary School in Longmont for their donation of $494.11 to help pay for repairs to Imagine!'s flood damaged homes. The school held a "change drive" on November 1st and raised that much money. What amazing generosity.

Also pictured are Imagine! PR Director Fred Hobbs accepting the check from student council treasurer Mason while Principal Dr. Jennifer Guthals looks on. Fall River Elementary rocks!

From the left Mandy (holding a "Thank" sign), Donna ("You" sign), Lana
standing behind her (Lana wanted to wave), Rebecca ("Fall" sign), and John,
("River" sign).  Thank You Fall River.

Imagine!'s PR Director Fred Hobbs accepts checks
totalling $494.11 from student council treasurer Mason.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Imagine! Client's Dedication Recognized

This blog post came to us in an email from a community member, Geoff, who is familiar with Imagine! through his business, CaraSolva, which provides Imagine! with our MedSupport system.  
Both Geoff and the person he's describing gave us permission to share this email in a blog post. We appreciate Geoff taking the time to send this, and we also recognize the dedication of the Imagine! client (who prefers to fly under the radar and remain anonymous) for making sure he got to work on time and for inspiring Geoff.

Today I rode the bus (in fact two buses, the Jump westward on Arapahoe and the Skip north on Broadway) from our current house in Western Lafayette to the CaraSolva office on Broadway in Boulder close to the Hungry Toad.

There was an individual on the bus, to my right, a relatively big guy with a ball cap, who was chatting with another commuter.

At Arapahoe and Broadway we both get off the Jump and start the approximately quarter mile walk to the bus stop for the Skip. The Skip comes by us almost immediately and I think, screw that I’m not running through all these people for a quarter mile, with small probability of making the bus.

However, as soon as the Skip passes, the big guy with the ball cap, lights it up and starts sprinting through the crowd. I walk a few more steps, watching him thinking there’s no hope, but he starts to reduce the lead on the bus. So I start to run as well, think of myself as a fairly fit Boulder person, but the big guy is gaining on me, and he catches the bus. He gets on the bus and because he has delayed the bus, I make it as well.

We both get off the bus at Broadway and North, and I share with him that I was impressed by his run to catch the bus. He tells me he is pretty fit and used to play football. It is then I realize he is one of the Imagine! work crew on his way to clean The Hungry Toad. We talk briefly while crossing the road, about what a good job the cleaning crew does at the Hungry Toad, Imagine! and where he lives in Lafayette.

Thought I would share. It was a nice moment and this Imagine! client’s dedication to making his work on time (the Jump had been awful slow and late), and willingness to throw modesty to the wind, and sprint for the bus was refreshing and a motivation.


The Hungry Toad Restaurant in Boulder has employed
Imagine! clients for more than 20 years.