30 Oct A Note from Allison: Be Kind
It is with a heavy heart that this letter is sent to you. We are all saddened by the past week’s events in Pittsburgh. I was happy to be greeted by a new sign outside our New Hope doors. New Hope is a kind and loving place for the people we serve and the associates who work here. If you want to come visit a place that is hate-free and happy, come see us!
I can’t believe October is nearly over. It has been a very busy month – probably the busiest of all months. We hosted our wonderful Fall Festival for all the individuals we serve, thank you to Kathe Rae and team for keeping up this long-time tradition!
This year we also held our first pitch in for New Hope associates and their families. We had a great turn out and are excited to make this an annual tradition. We also held five fall forums for all of our associates to discuss important training topics and other New Hope issues.
New Hope has also been preparing for our CARF accreditation survey, which is November 7-10. To continue to provide services, New Hope must be accredited by CARF. A team of three people will be here to review all of our services for people with disabilities. Thanks to Maija Augenbergs, Quality Assurance Coordinator, for her hard work and preparation for this survey!
During the same week as CARF, Castleton Day Services, will add a new important member to its team! DG Saladin will be traveling to Ohio to meet and train New Hope’s new facility dog from Canine Companions! We are very excited about this and will have pictures next month!
We will all be glad when the election is over next week! However, we will need to start working with our legislators on the very important issues that we write about in the New Hope Heartbeat. This year is a long session and we have a long list of things we need to get done to improve the lives of those we serve. Please keep reading in the months ahead and help us take action!