The Best of Our Abilities Contest

Sept. 1 - Oct. 31

(FOR DISABLED SL COMMUNITIES ONLY)


We’re calling on all disability Supportive Living communities to take part in this contest by nominating a person with disabilities who demonstrates some of the following criteria:

  • Helping others in the community
  • Participating in activities displaying their skills and expertise
  • Demonstrating empathy and sensitivity to others
  • Acting as a positive role model
  • Having an uplifting and positive attitude

The first place winner will be selected from one of the 9 disability Supportive Living communities and will be announced in mid-November.  In addition, we have designed a customizable “Best of Our Abilities” certificate of achievement that can be downloaded and personalized by each community to ensure EVERYONE who is entered can receive special recognition!

Click here to submit your nomination!

The winners will receive a prize that can be enjoyed by their entire community!  Each community will be able to choose either a Pizza Party or an Ice Cream Social from our wonderful sponsor. 



2018 Co-Winner


Sean Keffer

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!


Sean Keffer

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!



2018 Co-Winner


Sean Keffer

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!

2018 Co-Winner


Anna Worth

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.

2018 Co-Winner


Kathy Haberkorn

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.

2018 Co-Winner


Kathy Haberkorn

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.

2018 Co-Winner


Rickey Barnett

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.

2018 Co-Winner


Janet Williams

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.


2018 Co-Winner


Dave McGrath

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.


2018 Co-Winner


Terri Roark

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.



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