CVBH would like to thank the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities for providing this opportunity for our group home residents.
It is amazing how this grant has affected so many people. Kandi Dubuque, CVBH IDD Services Director stated, “For many years I have said I would like to ‘give it away’ like Oprah and Ellen. This grant gave us the opportunity to experience a little of that! What a great feeling to be able to provide so many surprises to our residents. This has been one of my top 5 fantastic things to do at work and I thank you for the opportunity.”
This grant was specifically for our group home residents; however as stated before, it has affected many others. The fun started with house meetings during which everyone got to suggest house specific needs and preferences. When that was done, we set off with quite a long list. The shopping conversations would begin with “that’s a lot of color pencils… paint… construction paper” or whatever was in the shopping cart, which would lead us into explaining what we were doing and why we were doing it. These conversations would eventually lead to the possibility of a discount. We are pleased to say that we were able to save $242.36 by asking for and getting discounts. These contacts in the community also made many more people aware of the impact this crisis has had on our population.
The materials purchased have certainly improved the lives of both residents and staff, arriving just when the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 crisis had begun to get more than a little boring. These new materials have made it easier for our staff to keep their residents actively engaged, to provide new and interesting opportunities for informal training, to ensure more meaningful days, and to just have more fun. Staff have been inspired to schedule special activities at different times throughout each day. They’ve held craft classes, introduced new artistic mediums, started gardens, played new games, and been able to increase daily exercise. What a wonderful thing for our clients to be able to be engaged, active, and happy during the shutdown of regular services. What a wonderful thing for staff to be able to go to work, make a real difference in the lives of the people they support, and to have a good time!
If we could only use one word to describe this entire experience for everyone it would be IMPACTFUL!