Still time to order Valentines!

February 9, 2015 by Sue Reeves

IMG_1354Make Valentine’s Day extra special for your sweetie–order a handmade greeting AND provide two hours of respite care for participants at the Developmental Skills lab!

The individualized cards created by DSL participants during last year’s Hearts for DSL campaign were a huge hit, and provided approximately 80 hours of respite care.

Valentines are $10 each, and if you buy four, we’ll throw in the fifth for free. For each Valentine sold, we’ll put a paper heart in the window of the CPD’s main office. Visit Shane Johnson, CPD associate director of development, to place your order by the close of business on Tuesday, Feb. 10.


Hand-made valentines to benefit DSL

February 4, 2015 by Sue Reeves

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.” 

― Maya Angelou

hearts-300x199Caring for a loved one with a disability is a labor of love that requires a 24/7/365 commitment. There are never enough hours in the day to tackle the everyday challenges of living with a disability—and fewer still for caregivers to recharge their own batteries.

Respite care at the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory means caregivers are able to leave their loved ones in a safe, stimulating environment while they run errands, enjoy a long, quiet walk or indulge in a worry-free and well-deserved nap.  Unfortunately, respite care isn’t free, and some families just can’t afford it. But, thanks to the success of the 2014 Hearts for DSL campaign, we have a solution for that.

It’s simple, really. DSL participants are busy making cards for their families, and would love to make extras for you! A $10 donation brings you a handmade, personalized Valentine. That same $10 donation provides two hours of respite care for a person with a disability and their loved ones.

If you buy four Valentines for $40—that’s a whole day of respite care—we’ll throw in a fifth Valentine as a thank you. Valentines can be personalized with names and/or a special message for your loved one.

To order your handmade Valentines, visit Shane Johnson at the CPD’s Main Office or Drake Rasmussen at the DSL (857 N 800 E) and pre-pay with cash or check before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10. You can pick up your Valentines at the same location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13. If you have an office on campus, we’d be happy to deliver them to you on Friday in time for you to give to your loved ones.

(Want to know how much respite care is being funded by the sale of Valentines? You’ll see a paper heart in the window of the CPD’s main office for every Valentine sold).

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Heidi’s Happenings: Merry Christmas!

January 27, 2015 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Man in an ugly sweater.

Participant Jeffrey and his ugly sweater!

In the month of December we all had gone down to the mall to see and talk to Santa, and give him our wish lists, so he’d know exactly what Heidi and her DSL buds would like to have for Christmas. Heidi and her buds enjoyed Christmas time with their friends ’round here! We made pickled treats which were sour, but other than that they were yummy! We also made ugly sweaters for our Christmas party and that was lots of fun!

Someone came dressed in green just like the Grinch that lived just north of Who-ville. The mean Grinch  stole everything including, their tree. Soon though, he’d learned his one lesson the tough way, which is, “never-steal from the whos.” Everyone was kind as could be. Plus, Miss Hill never said one cross word to her buds, plus, she’s always had kindness in her heart. Not only that, but, Heidi’s buds down at the work-site never said a cross word to her either.

We decorated DSL and everybody invited their families to the Christmas party. When everybody came to this glass-windowed work-site, they all enjoyed doing things ’round here. Heidi Sue remembered to wish her friends a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.

Heidi hopes that her buds and their families had the most wonderful Christmas, ever. This past Christmas just was the humblest one, yet, where we could reflect on the true meaning.

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Holiday happenings at the CPD

December 17, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Small tree with paper ornaments.

Giving Tree gifts have been purchased and wrapped and are awaiting distribution on Friday, Dec. 19.

Don’t forget, the CPD Holiday Lunch will begin at noon on Friday, Dec. 19 in Room 170. Bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share, and join in the fellowship of the holiday season with your co-workers!

Gifts from the Giving Tree have been purchased and wrapped, and are awaiting distribution to three CPD client families who needed a little extra help this year. Thanks to everyone who picked out a tag, bought a gift or made a donation.

The DSL Family Cookbooks have been delivered! The books are filled with more than 125 yummy-sounding recipes from DSL participant families and friends. They are in the CPD main office and are available for $15 each, or buy three and get one free! Money raised from the sale of the cookbooks will fund respite care for adults with severe disabilities at DSL.

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Heidi’s Happenings: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

December 15, 2014 by Sue Reeves

Heidi Hill is a guest blogger for the CPD’s Developmental Skills Laboratory (DSL), a day program for adults with disabilities. Heidi loves to type and each month she’ll be sharing the fun activities that she and her “buds” are doing at DSL.

Two men with a box.

Participant Reed (left) and DSL program director Drake Rasmussen gather food for the DSL food drive.

November was Thanksgiving and Heidi had a birthday! Heidi and her DSL buds did lots of fun things to remember November. We had an awesome Science Day and did many experiments. It was cool and fun.  The buds went to the store and gathered many boxes to paint and collect food for the DSL annual food drive. The buds painted about 20 large boxes and for one whole week gathered different food items.  We gathered pasta, rice, beans, soup, canned goods, cereal, oatmeal and many other nutritious and delicious food for those who need a little bit of help. All together the DSL buds gathered about 300 pounds of food. Pretty good for there not being a whole bunch of us!

We also went to the movies to see “Big Hero 6” we sure did enjoy that flick.

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Heid and her buds always celebrate Thanksgiving together as one big family. We had quite the feast! We had turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, corn, salad, rolls, and nine pies! We gave thanks for each other, and all of our blessings.

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