September 3rd, RMI Offices Closed
On Monday, September 3rd, the RMI offices will be closed in recognition of Labor Day. Offices will reopen at 8:00am on Tuesday, September 4th. Whether you're working, sleeping in, heading to the beach, enjoying the last days of summer or just hanging around the house this weekend, please keep it safe. Enjoy your weekend!
Direct Care Staff Appreciation Week is September 9-15
May is for moms and June is for dads. Just as importantly, September is for showing our appreciation to the men and women who are the direct care staff for the clients we serve. These are the people whose shoulders get soggy when our guys are sad and whose arms are always there to lean on. Theirs are the faces that glow with pride for the day to day accomplishments and milestones reached by those who have to work hard to achieve the simple things in life…incrementally reaching toward their maximum level of independence.
Superior DCS make the difference between a client having a good afternoon or a fulfilled life. We know how important you are and want you to know that you are appreciated.
In 2009, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to set aside September 14-19, 2009 as National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. The resolution (pdf) creating the recognition week states that, among other things, the Senate “recognizes the dedication and vital role of direct support professionals in enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages” and “appreciates the contribution of direct support professionals in supporting the needs that reach beyond the capacities of millions of families in the United States.” The resolution emphasizes the invaluable role that DSPs play in improving the lives of people with disabilities; points out that the majority of DSPs serve in home and community-based settings; and acknowledges that “there is a documented critical and growing shortage of direct support professionals in every community throughout the United States.”
Moody Gardens, or Bust! - Semi Program's Annual Trip
The Semi Independent Apartment Living program is raising funds to send 20 individuals to Moody Gardens for their annual trip. Their goal is to raise $4,000 and they have $2,250 in the bank so far. With everyone's help, they will reach their goal and be off to explore and enjoy a much needed vacation.
RMI Yard Sale to Benefit Semi Trip
Saturday, 09/29/12 | 8am - 2pm | 6336 Montgomery Drive | 78239
Come on by and you'll see a trove of treasures spread across the parking lot at the main offices of RMI. We'd love for you to stop by and check out all of our wares for sale. Each purchase gets our Semi program one dollar closer to reaching the $4,000 needed to go on their trip to Moody Gardens.
Twenty residents will pack their bags for an overnight adventure into Galveston, Texas. This trip will offer RMI Semi program residents the opportunity to 1) experience a change in environment and get out of their comfort zone for a new and exciting journey, 2) offer an educational experience as they explore the gardens, 3) offer an interpersonal relationship encounter experience with room-mates, strangers and new faces and 4) provide a bit of respite from the day to day of ordinary life…a vacation!
We could really use your help in spreading the word about this sale:
Flower Pen Vases for Sale - Only $8.00!
The folks in the Semi Independent Apartment Living program are working hard to earn their way toward a vacation this year! One of the ways they are earning money is by selling these fabulous treasures that are sure to be a hit in any office.
For $8.00, you'll receive a unique array of floral pens (set of 5) in a clear vase filled with glass pebbles to help the pens display well. Each pen is crafted with care by an individual living in RMI's apartment residential program.
These little gems make great teacher's gifts, Dr's appreciation gifts and will go great on the desks at your friend's offices too! Each purchase benefits an adult with developmental disabilities reaching toward their maximum level of independence. Download a flyer and share it with your friends.
You can place your order today! Call (210) 656-6674 and let us know how many you would like.
Please note that styles will vary.
Most Pinteresting Woman in Philanthropy Award
On Thursday evening, August 9th, at 11:57pm, two women sat in great anticipation as they watched the seconds click by on the clock. Judie Gustafson (Board Member) and Melanie Cawthon (RMI Team) didn't get much sleep that night as It was a super close race, but we inched ahead at the very end and won...
The weeks prior both ladies called on everyone they knew in the world with a Pinterest account to login and vote with a "like" and a "repin" for RMI's nominee, our beloved Judie Gustafson, for the Most Pinterestiing Woman in Philanthropy Award. Several other staff at RMI joined in on the fun and with everyone's support we were able to get enough votes to put Judie at the top of the list!
RMI nominated Judie for this honor because 1) She does amazing things for individuals with disabilities including job creation, advocacy and program development. Serving on the #RMI board...she gets our vote! 2) Judie participated in the Junior Forum for 10 years giving our community a role model in #Philanthropy through her leadership, continuing as a sustainer today. 3) She participates with Children's Hunger fund packing boxes of food to help stamp out hunger in SA.
As the winner of the Most Pinteresting Woman in Philanthropy Award, Judie was asked to designate a nonprofit organization of her choice to receive a gift of $1,000 from Impact San Antonio through their partnership with the San Antonio Area Foundation. We were blessed to have Judie select RMI to receive this gift. Thank you Judie!!!
Project Independence at the NW Center Opens!
On September 1st, RMI steps into a new phase of growth for the organization...Project Independence at the NW Center! Beginning with two move ins during September into an apartment complex call Waters at Elm Creek, the program will continue to see growth over the coming months and years.
For the past several months, we've been meeting with families who still have their adult children living at home and asking them a bunch of questions... What services are missing in the community? What concerns do you have about your child's independence? What is it that you're looking for in a program? As a result, we're opening Project Independence at the NW Center where we will begin with 2 clients during the month of September.
RMI is the discovery and pilot phase of this new venture and much learning will take place over the course of the next year. The model will center around a community hub of homes, apartments, day programming, transportation networks and educational and recreational resources. This program will target adults in Bexar and surrounding counties, ages 18-75, low-income, with IDD, head injuries or controlled mental illness who desire to live more independently, need support for success and are willing to work in a structured program.
RMI currently has grant requests submitted to Impact San Antonio, The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation and the Kronkosky Foundation seeking funds to assist RMI in getting Project Independence at the NW Center started. We're anxiously awaiting their responses.
9/04: Offices Closed
9/08: Community Yard Sale
9/08: Semi Staff Retreat
9/09: DCS Appreciation Wk
9/25: Board Meeting
9/29: RMI Yard Sale
9/29: DSASA Buddy Walk
9/29: Fiesta® Strategic Planning
9/09: Sara Rideout
9/10: Briana Lane
9/11: Becky Ivy
9/14: Annie Garcia
9/15: Daphne Howard
9/19: Micheal Jackson
9/24: Michelle Davis
9/27: Carliss Foster
9/28: Anne Clarke
9/02: Javier Salas - 3yrs
9/08: Micheal Jackson - 7yrs
9/09: Jeanette Grandstaff-1yr
9/09: Tamika Mims - 1yr
9/09: Yolanda Silva - 10yrs
9/11: Darilyn Pendleton - 3yrs
9/11: Maxine Ingram - 3yrs
9/15: Patricia Gilcrease - 3yrs
9/17: Tanisha Rathey - 2yrs
9/29: Melanie Cawthon - 1yr
9/30: Joseph Milne - 1yr
QA Agenda Items
If you have a topic of discussion or item to add to the agenda for the QA Meeting, please forward your request to Sara Rideout no later than Friday, September 7th.
School is in Session
SLOW IT DOWN!!!
This is a friendly reminder that school is back in session and we need to all be mindful of the school zones in the areas of the group homes, day program and offices for RMI. Fines are hefty and getting a ticket takes a good chunk of time, so look up, become aware of where the school zones are and stay safe. FYI - There is a school zone on Walzem between the CVS and Little Cesears for those heading into the main office.
30th Anniversary Luncheon
$5,000 - The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation
$2,000 - Frost Bank
$7,000 - Baptist Health Foundation for iPads
$1,000 - Impact San Antonio, Most Pinteresting Award
Support RMI with every search, numerous online purchases and even when you eat out by signing up for Good Search / Good Shop / Good Dine. Download this application to your browser(s) and you'll be raising money for RMI with absolutely no extra effort or expense.
All Can Ski!
Six clients experienced a water ski adventure at SeaWorld this month, compliments of a donor who wanted to support "recreation". Charlie, Judy, Kaci, Jacob, Troy and Tori took part in getting to water ski for the first time.
After a morning on the waters of Ski Lake at SeaWorld, we all had the opportunity to enjoy the rest of the attractions of SeaWorld. A little roller coaster riding, splashing, laughing, clapping, carouseling and more took place.
Lydia Gets Highlights!
In search of something a little different, Lydia decided to get highlights this month.
A fun new look and a very happy Lydia!