The Best of Our Abilities Contest
We called on all disability Supportive Living communities to take part in this contest to nominate a person with disabilities who demonstrates some of the following criteria:
If you have residents who display any of these characteristics, we encourage you to nominate them when we have this contest again in 2019!
The fantastic first place winners below were selected from the 9 disability Supportive Living communities.
The winners will receive a prize that can be enjoyed by their entire community! Each community was able to choose either a Pizza Party or an Ice Cream Social from our wonderful sponsor
Sean K is always asking if the RSC needs help with activities, supplying music for an event, lifting/carrying items, hanging signs, changing calendars, delivering calendars, or just about anything including helping any resident that needs assistance. He typically walks around smiling and laughing and is always ready to tell you a joke. Sean is a shining light here at Deer Path!
Anna W helps with outing sign ups, happy hour set ups and service, as well as helping the RSC organize many of the monthly activities at Deer Path. She always has a smile on her face and is very kind-hearted.
Kathy H is the volunteer extraordinaire at Deer Path. She is a self-starter and knows what the residents want or need in the community. She helps with the General Store, community polls, getting everyone to sign cards for residents who are either in the hospital or has had a personal loss. She advocates for the residents whether it is for different menu items, replacement exercise equipment, or medical help. She helps residents if they need help in anything they need to feel better.
Rickey B is a wonderful addition to our Deer Path Community. Rickey was very excited on his move in day and from that day forward he has been an inspiration to many in our community. The first few weeks he was at Deer Path he jumped right in with volunteering to help with our Resident Council elections. From there he made many friends because he is so positive and boisterous. He is always willing to lend a hand in any activity. During our Pinewood Derby workshops, Rickey helped several residents design cars and put the wheels on. He even donated his car to another resident whose car broke when they were trying to attach the wheels. He even came to the Derby to cheer for everyone. Rickey is a very positive influence on our community.
Janet W is a very kind hearted and passionate woman. She keeps busy with making sure there is an activity for everyone in the evenings here at Deer Path. First she offered to lead Game Night on Thursdays, then she offered to set up Card Game Night one night each week. However, after a month or so, Janet asked if they could have Card Game Night on Fridays as well as an alternative to Movie Night. At the present time, the residents have Card Game Night 3 nights each week. Janet has also been a great help to Resident Council and acts as Secretary. She is always up for a challenge a looking for new ways to help get residents out of isolation and to participate in the community. Janet acts as a positive role model for all those she meets in the community. She is one of the first residents new residents meet their first week at Deer Path. She is very knowledgeable and is always ready to share that knowledge with others.
Dave M is a wonderful asset to Deer Path. He likes to help with Movie Night by setting up the Theatre and making popcorn. He helps care for the Deer Path fish tank and helps in the General Store. Dave is always ready to lend a hand to the RSC and anyone else how needs him. He is sweet and funny too! Dave loves to go on outings whenever he can and goes above and beyond to help while the residents are out on an outing.
Terri is a great asset to our community, not only does she volunteer to help with our Gateway Store and bingo every week but she volunteers at her local church. Terri has been an officer for resident council, the Peoria Mayor program to help disabled adults, and the first winner of our " Good Neighbor Award", in which she suggested. Terri is always helpful to new residents, prospective residents and staff with her positive attitude and uplifting words of encouragement which she displays and speaks. Terri is a role model to all she meets.