Vol XXX, No 1 connections March 2011 Open- Integrity ~ Teamwork ~ Caring ~ Open-mindedness “If It Isn’t Documented – It Didn’t Happen” Journaling or keeping a diary is a common practice for many people. Genesis staff must do much the same thing every day disabilities for each of the people they work with. Accountability is an important part of providing services for people with disabilitie and equired required by the most of the funders of those services. Federal and state regulations require detailed documentation on each of programs. the people that participate in Genesis programs The forms are very specific and require a narrative description of how staff helped each person work toward their personal goals; any staff guidance, intervention and support that were given; and how the terminology, individual responded to staff interactions and directions. Failure to fill in every section completely, incorrect terminolog or poor handwriting can result in funding being recalled for services that have already been provided. file The amount of confidential paperwork that this creates is immense and must be kept on-file as long as an individual is everal discharged. receiving services and for several years after they are discharged All of this documentation must also be accessible to the providers. federal and state agencies that monitor service providers This includes Iowa Medicaid Enterprises (IME), the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), and the Surveillance Utilization Review System (SURS). m At Genesis, almost 90% of our 358 staff members must complete documentation every day with most of it is being done by . hand. It takes a lot of time and is a real challenge for many staff to complete for all of the people they work with without running into overtime hours. In addition the State of Iowa is strongly encouraging community providers to change to electronic documentation that will allow on-line access for the agencies that monitor and audit docume line providers. for It will cost more than $150,000 for Genesis to transition to electronic documentation at locations. inclu all of our locations In addition to the electronic systems, this includes computers, modems, installation fees, and internet access for all of our homes, work centers and offices that do not yet have internet access. To make this project a reality, a fundraising campaign was initiated at the beginning of the year and will continue throughout the year. Several grants have been submitted entities, to various entities including the county community foundations where each Genesis entities, office is located, several corporate entities and community organizations. Although requests most of those requests are still pending, Wells Fargo and West Central Cooperative have already made generous donations to this project. Chris Nation, Regional Manager of West Central Coop in Jefferson, presented a donation to CEO, Terry Johnson, from West Central and a $5,600. matching sum from Land O’Lakes totaling $5,600 A $5,000 donation was presented by Wells Fargo in Jefferson represented by Hollie Harbaugh, Keith Cueno and Faye Wiley. In addition to satisfying government funders and ensuring continued funding for those receiving Genesis services, the electronic system will speed up the documentation process relievrelieving some of the stress placed on our staff and allowing them to devote more time to fulfilling our mission to provide opportunities and support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. If you, your business or organization is interested in assisting with this project and want more information, please contact Terry 1070 Johnson at 515-370-1070 or send your contribution to Genesis Development, E – Doc Fund, P.O. Box 438, Jefferson, IA 50129. 50129 Work Services Update Indianola – In addition to the Perry Health Care Center and the Gowrie Care Center, Genesis Textile Services has taken on laundry contracts for five more nursing homes in the Signature Care Center LLC group. The distance between Indianola and these new facilities located in Estherville, Lake Park, Primghar, Remson, and Sutherland has necessitated some creative pickup and delivery scheduling, another truck, and another driver. The additional personal care laundry has also required some creative scheduling. Because this type of laundry requires more dryer time than the laundry can accommodate in a regular week, laundry hours have been expanded to 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday with 7:00 to 5:00 hours on Thursday and Saturday and an 8:00 to 2:00 shift on Sunday. To help alleviate the manpower shortage, the Christian Opportunity Center (COC) in Indianola – also a provider of services for people with disabilities – is supplying a six person work crew for the Saturday shift. Jefferson – Last October Jefferson Work Services began a new custodial contract with the Perry Health Care Center. Monday through Friday, a Work Services supervisor and three custodial workers clean at the center from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. The rotating crew is in charge of all cleaning duties. To date, nine individuals have had the opportunity to participate in this project. The crew recently received praise from Linda Prouty, the Health Center Administrator, for their “hard work, elbow grease and commitment to ensuring that attention to detail occurred in completion of our projects”. The custodial crew assisted the facility staff in identifying environmental related problem areas, resolving those areas and keeping them at the benchmark of compliance. Other new custodial contracts include Jefferson City Hall and the City Maintenance building. At the work center in Jefferson, over 10,000 transmissions have been boxed and sent out since the beginning of the year. This was a big push to meet Electrolux Home Products scheduled date to get all products shipped from their Jefferson location after the plant officially closed in January. Boone – The Boone Custodial crew has received a certificate of achievement from NISH for outstanding performance of its Ability One Program contract at Camp Dodge. NISH is a national nonprofit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities. NISH assists in securing Federal contracts for a network of community-based, nonprofit agencies. Providing employment opportunities to more than 40,000 people, the AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment in the United States for people who have severe disabilities. Storm Lake WS – Can and bottle volume at the Redemption Center has already gone up to what it usually is in the summer due primarily to the county landfill’s decision to discontinue can and bottle reclamation and redemption at their site. Almost a half million beverage containers were processed in January. The Bedel Brothers Printing Department is now in the process of printing their largest, one-customer order ever. Thirty thousand rain gauges are being printed for Staples Promotional Products. WS Outcome Goals Each year Genesis Development sets specific outcome goals for each of the Genesis services. These goals are developed through staff input and feedback from stakeholder focus groups including those receiving services, their families, case managers, etc. The Work Services goal for 2011 is to increase training opportunities for those enrolled in the program. This will be done by having each of the four Genesis sites that have work centers develop a one-hour training program and present it at each of the other work center sites. The first of those was an Empathy training presented by the Storm Lake staff to those in the Work Services program in Jefferson. To help them better understand what it’s like to live and work with another person’s disability, Empathy Stations were set up throughout the building that participants rotated through. One station demonstrated fine motor skills problems by having the participants wear heavy gloves to perform a series of tasks. A wheelchair obstacle course was set up to help better understand those challenges. Walking the halls with popcorn in one’s shoes simulates balance and walking problems. The vision impaired station was on the recycling sort line where they wore safety glasses with distorted lenses. And in the hearing impaired station directions were all given in a whispered voice. Future trainings will include Teambuilding, Employment Expectations/ Quality in the Workplace, and Sexual Harassment. Steve Raymond Leaves Genesis Board Genesis CEO, Terry Johnson, presented a commemorative plaque to Steve Raymond of Winterset at the end of his service on the Genesis Board of Directors. Steve completed his first three-year term in June 2010 at the end of our fiscal year. When he decided not to run for another term on the Madison County Board of Supervisors, he also chose to resign from some of the other boards on which he was serving and left the Genesis Board in December. Many changes took place at Genesis while Steve was on the Board. Three new group homes were opened in Indianola and our commercial laundry there expanded from one major contract with the Des Moines Marriott Downtown to twenty clients being served today, including the Pella Regional Health Center, USDA, Courtyard Marriott, the Boone County Hospital and the Perry Health Care Center. Our offices in Jefferson, Vinton, Belle Plaine, Indianola, and Boone all moved to new locations. Storm Lake remodeled their building to accommodate a larger Discovery program, and Jefferson and Boone both added Discovery to their list of services. Storm Lake entered into a partnership with Jack Links to provide an on-site work crew for that company in Laurens and added the Bedel Brothers Printing Department that produces screen printed promotional items for distribution throughout the US and Canada. The school-to-work program was started in the Boone and Jefferson-Scranton High Schools. Genesis in Boone took over provision of services to former Good Connections Inc clients when that organization closed its doors, which led to seven more group homes in Boone and a recycling transfer station. The Genesis Mental Health Services office was opened in the Perry Hospital with a satellite office in Waukee which was later moved to Adel. Services in eastern Iowa expanded into Tama and Poweshiek counties with the addition of a residential care facility north of Toledo. The Genesis Custodial Training Program began at Camp Dodge. And Genesis received its tenth 3-year CARF award. During his term on the board, Steve served as President in FY2010 and helped guide Genesis through some challenging times as the economy struggled and Genesis budgets were strained. The staff of Genesis would like to wish Steve well and thank him for his time, skills and dedication to Genesis and the people we serve. Henrichs Honored for 15 Years of Service Wanda Henrichs began working with people with disabilities in February of 1996 for the Buena Vista Work Activities Center (BVWAC) in Storm Lake. In 1998 that agency became part of Genesis Development. Her first duties were at the Maywood home as an overnight staff until a daytime position was available. For the past ten years Wanda has been the Team Leader at the Maywood home. “I enjoy the individual personalities of the people we serve and of our staff,” said Wanda. “I especially like teaching hands-on daily living skills to those living in our homes.” Five-Year Milestones Genesis commemorates five-year anniversaries for all staff members. The following have reached a milestone since December. Wanda Henrichs, Storm Lake – 15 years Tammy Johns, Boone – 5 years Deb Anderson, Storm Lake – 10 years Dale Carver, Storm Lake – 5 years Connie Burgart, Jefferson – 10 years John England, Winterset – 5 years Alana Curnyn, Jefferson – 10 years Leisel Barrett, Boone – 5 years Ann Hughes, Winterset – 10 years Todd Crase, Winterset – 5 years Terria Beck, Belle Plaine – 5 years Activity at our Sites Giving Back to the Community & the World - Giving back to the community is important to the Genesis Discovery groups and the focal point of many of their projects. Discovery in Jefferson recently donated more than 240 food items to the Greene County Christian Action Resource Center. At the beginning of the month the group challenged themselves, those in the Work Services program, and the Genesis staff to collect at least 200 items before the end of the month. They more than reached their goal and spent part of an afternoon boxing it up and delivering it to the food pantry. This group also did a food project to benefit the hungry in Honduras. They spent an afternoon in Scranton helping with the set-up for a food packaging project to benefit the world’s hungry. Cook-off Winners - The Storm Lake Tornado Aktion Club entered the Extreme Winter Festival Chili Cook-off contest sponsored by Storm Lake United and Buena Vista University and brought home the honors! Club member Chris Strader, Club Advisor and Genesis staff member, Dale Carver and his wife, Kim, made and served their dried cherry and ground turkey chili entry called "Sweet Heat". In the photo a BVU Outdoor Recreation representative, Aktion Club members Andy Meseck and Aaron Meister, and Dale Carver display their $50 winnings. Volunteers - Residents at Pheasant Ridge, the Genesis residential care facility in Tama County, volunteered to help out at the Tama County Humane Society in January. They liked it so much that they’ve gone back and have taken on more volunteer projects. They’ve also helped out at the Tama Library, moved and stocked shelves at Pamida and have a list of other possible volunteer opportunities. Hootenanny - Bye, Bye Miss American Pie rang out from the Discovery room in Jefferson as that group accompanied guitarist, Maureen Borkowski, on their custom-made and very personalized guitars. Fareway’s Santa – Brian Dickerson participates in the SCL program in Winterset and also works at Fareway there. As Fareway’s Santa Claus, Brian collected $1,256 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Cooking class – Storm Lake’s Discovery program has completed their second year of cooking classes. This year five Saturday sessions focused on outdoor grilling, Italian food, Mexican food, soups, and party/finger foods. Eighteen members learned how to cook things like chicken wings, empanaditas, chicken cacciatore, antipasto salad, homemade buns, alfredo sauce, cream puffs, and sopapilla cheesecake. Not only did class members learn how to prepare the food, they also did the shopping, did price checks, and learned about the value, nutrition and cost per serving as well as enjoyed the meal they prepared. Typically there were usually enough leftovers for each of them to take a meal home to enjoy also. Thank You for Your Help Contributions made December 2010 through February 2011 ABC Farm Mgmt & Real Estate – James Sankot, Jefferson Henrietta Kestel, Storm Lake Advantage Insurance & Financial Services, Jefferson Bill & Mary Kibby, Fort Dodge AgPro Partners Midwest, LLC – Andy & Marla Siruta, Dana Knights of Columbus, Boone Allan Gough Painting, Perry Dr. Paul Klodd, Jefferson David & Char Anderson, Storm Lake Land O’Lakes Foundation Audubon State Bank Charitable Foundation Larry & Joan Lang, Jefferson Kim & Sherry Bates, Scranton Jim & Lois Last, Grand Junction Bayard Church of Christ Liberty Carton, Minneapolis Tony Bedel, Storm Lake Marie Lindgren, Jefferson Dan & Pat Benitz, Jefferson Lowe’s Carpet One – Jeff Lowe, Storm Lake Beta Sigma Phi-Beta Zeta Chapter, Jefferson Gene & Gloria Lyster, Storm Lake Rolfe Blaess, Jefferson Rick & Kim Martin, Storm Lake Boone Bank & Trust Co. Doug & Jan McDermott, Jefferson Beverly Boorn, Grand Junction Meredith Corporation BPO Does #196, Jefferson MetaBank, Sioux Falls, SD Lila Breslford, Jefferson Midland Realty, Jefferson Lyle & Judy Brinker, Jefferson Miller Electrical Services Inc, Indianola R. Brunner, Jefferson Cathy Miller, Boone Michael & Connie Burkett, Grand Junction Doug & LeAnn Monaghan, Jefferson Daryl & Marianne Carlson, Paton Janet Moore, Winterset Doug & Karen Carman, Jefferson Rod & Laura Morgan, Storm Lake CDS Global Inc, Boone Dean & Donadee Nicholson, Storm Lake Deana Clause, Jefferson Jim & Karen North, Jefferson Community Bank of Indianola Robert North, Pilot Mound Community Bank of Boone Isabelle Nuckolls, Paton Community State Bank, Paton Pennie O’Connor, Indianola Condon’s Service Ltd - Vern Condon, Boone Bob & Dorothy Ohrlund, Storm Lake Marilyn Connor, Cumming Roger & Rose Olhausen, Jefferson Pat & Nancy Corkrean, Winterset Larry & Cheryl Olofson, Boone Byron Crippin, Storm Lake Jerry & Marlys Ostrander, Jefferson Steve & Angela Cruse, Johnston Claire Patin, Indianola John & Alana Curnyn, Jefferson James L. & Viola J. Pauley, Jefferson Dawson Township Charities David & Rita Pedersen, Jefferson Rev’s Bill & Sherri Daylong, Jefferson PEO-CZ, Jefferson Ron & Lori DeBok, Jefferson Peoples Bank, Indianola Denison Drywall Contracting Inc Rick & Carol Peterson, Storm Lake Durlam Electric Inc, Jefferson Sandy Pingel, Storm Lake Chris & Janet Durlam, Jefferson Polking Realty, Jefferson Carolyn Erickson, Boone Raccoon Valley Bank, Perry Dr. Thomas Fagg, Jefferson Bill & Peg Raney, Jefferson Farmers Mutual Ins & Complete Ins, Jefferson Maxine & Stan Redeker, Boone Tom & Ruth Feldman, Jefferson Reyes Hearing Aid Center – Fred Reyes, Storm Lake Figenshaw Furniture-William J. Figenshaw, Jefferson Father Donald Ries, Jefferson Jean Finch, Jefferson Kirby & Linda Roberts, Storm Lake First Baptist Church, Boone Stephanie Role, Indianola First Presbyterian Church, Jefferson Kim & Gail Rueter, Grand Junction Francis Steele VFW Auxiliary #817, Boone Sara Lee Foods, Storm Lake Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Homes – Nathan & Nancy Paul & Pat Schmitt, Churdan Fratzke, Storm Lake Sears Hometown Store, Storm Lake John & Nancy Gerken, Jefferson Mark & Tina Shaw, Jefferson Gilded Lion Inc – Richard Leuschen, Holstein Lee & Sheryl Sloan, Jefferson Hamilton Redi-Mix, Inc, Jefferson St John Lutheran Church, Albert City Leone Harrison, Jefferson St Mary’s Student Council, Storm Lake Wendy Hartwig, Storm Lake Stone Printing & Office Products, Carroll Russ & Lisa Herrstrom, Madrid Storm Lake Council #357, United Commercial Travelers Alexis Hooper, Grand Junction Storm Lake Lions Club Hunter Farms, Jefferson Storm Lake Rotary Club Hy-Vee Drugstore, Jefferson Daryl & Pauline Stout, Vinton Jefferson Family Chiropractic Stuyvesant & Benton, Carlisle Rexine Johnson, Churdan Jim & Nancy Teusch, Jefferson Jim & Pat Jordan, Boone Dr. Elvin & Patti Thompson, Jefferson Carl Juergensen, Churdan Doug & Jean Tucker, Jefferson United Board Realtors, Storm Lake Ronda Watkins, Storm Lake United Methodist Women, Jefferson Gary & Mary Weaver, Rippey United Methodist Women, Scranton Wells Fargo Foundation United Way of Boone County West Central Cooperative, Jefferson United Way of Story County Cindy & Terry Wiemold, Cleghorn Gary & Judy Von Ahsen, Jefferson Harold & Mary Woodruff, Jefferson Gary & JoAnne Walker, Winterset Scott & Joni Wulfekuhler, Storm Lake Jeanette Walker, Jefferson Karen Younie, Jefferson Alice Walters, Jefferson Bill & Mary Zinnel, Boone Connie Wandrey, Storm Lake Memorials In Memory of Russell Barrow In Memory of Mary Kundrat In Memory of Merle Olberding By Betty Barrow By Terry & Darla Johnson By Terry & Darla Johnson Curly & Helen Eason Sandi & Noel Drewry In Memory Diana Butz Alana & John Curnyn By Cathy Miller In Memory of Norm Lindhart Linda & David Redfern By Bill & Betty Schaal Carrie Wilde In Memory of Rich Christian Bob & Jean Telleen Lori Williams By Curly & Helen Eason Joe & Joan Morgan Glen & Beverly Hoyt Harold & Mary Woodruff In Memory of Marie Ott Larry & Jackie Fie By Terry & Darla Johnson In Memory of Anjean Chrystal By David & Linda Redfern In Memory of Mabel Maloney In Memory of Lila Perrin By Bill & Betty Schaal By Creighton & Buela Millard In Memory of Dick DeWitt By Harry & Trudy Goettsch In Memory of Lynn Mann In Memory of Mary Putzier By Vern & Marianne Anthofer By Ken Putzier In Memory of Merritt Duncan Tim & Julie Bantz By Bill & Donna Duncan Cathy Miller In Memory of Roy R. Rodgers By Margaret Giddle In Memory of David Gutz In Memory of Larry McCauley By Craig & Janie Hertel By Terry & Darla Johnson In Memory of Mar Smith Linda & David Redfern By Tom & Gina Harrington In Memory of Ruth Goshon By Denny & Ruth Goshon In Memory of Doris McGregor In Memory of Thelma Watters Terry & Darla Johnson By Wayne & Isabel Smith By Curly & Helen Eason In Memory of Kenneth Harter In Memory of Larry Mercer In Memory of Dean Winkelman By Terry & Darla Johnson By Cathy Miller By Curly & Helen Eason Linda & David Redfern In Memory of Becky North In Memory of Diane Woghan In Memory of Lila Johnston By David & Rosemary Hoyt By Terry & Darla Johnson By Ned R. Johnston Sandy Pingel Cindy Wiemold Honorariums In Honor of Bill & Donna Duncan In Honor of Jay Duncan In Honor of Genie Eason By Don & Alice Yepsen By Bonnie Duncan By Duane & Valerie Ogren Donations to Jefferson Expansion and Building Fund Rebecca Opalinski, Parker, CO Casey’s General Stores In Memory of Merton V. Hawk Doris Dickel, Ankeny Kathy & Joe Pittman, Jefferson By The Hawk Family Dennis & Rosemary Klocksiem, Paton Terry & Darla Johnson, Jefferson Adria Kester, Ogden Gifts-in-Kind Harold Berg, Ogden Milan Kucerak, Jefferson Big G’s Restaurant, Boone Kum & Go, Storm Lake Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad Larry’s Fine Jewelry, Boone Connie Brooks, Indianola Debra Larson, Jefferson BV Stationery, Storm Lake Ed Moore, Waterloo Casey’s General Store, Storm Lake Pamida, Jefferson Virginia Carlson, Paton Pepsi Bottling Tasha Carson, Boone Maggie Plahn, Boone Denise Chapman, Bagley Linda Redfern, Jefferson Coca Cola Bottling Don & Marilyn Scott, Guthrie Center Keith Conroy, Jefferson Silk Screen Ink, Storm Lake John & Alana Curnyn, Jefferson Shirley Stapleton, Jefferson Dairy Queen, Storm Lake Jody Stern, Boone Arlo Dorenbush, Boone Kathi Stirling, Boone Duane Dozier, Jefferson Sugar Bowl Gifts, Storm Lake Curly & Helen Eason, Scranton Lance & Colleen Swain, Jefferson Jennifer Ellis, Boone hnson, Karen Thoma & Kelvin Johnson, Storm Lake Mollie Eslinger, Boone Tama Public Library Fareway, Storm Lake Touch of Enchantment, Boone H Hardin Clovers 4-H Club, Jefferson Walker’s Green House & Floral Shop – Jean Walker, Paton Lil Herridge, Jefferson Ronda Watkins, Storm Lake Heartland Car Care, Boone Cola Pepsi and Coca-Cola came to the rescue of the residents of the ten group homes in Boone in January Coca-Cola when the city invoked a boil order for 48 hours due to a broken water main. The Pepsi and Coca bottled companies donated a combined total of 55 cases of bottled water to Genesis. The incident also brought to the attention of the Genesis Safety Committee the need for water shortage to be addressed in the Genesis Disaster Plan. Acquiring useable vehicles is always a challenge for the Genesis budget, but Gary Schulte of Ackworth, made it a little easier by donating a Ford Econline van to our Indianola site. The van will make outings, field trips and grocery shopping much group-living easier for the residents of the Indianola group living homes. Wish List Picnic tables Vacuum cleaners Colored chalk & pencils Bookshelves Outdoor benches Beanbag toss games Scissors – adult size Step ladders House paint DVD & VCR players & safety scissors Outdoor benches Answering machine along Read-along books Ziploc baggies – all sizes Paper shredders Cordless phone Educ computer games Pens, markers Shop vacs st Dining chairs Learning programs - 1 Stencils – alpha & numbers Computers – Pentium IV Meat slicer Aid, birds, weather, Watercolor paints or newer Corelle dishes tornados, etc Tempera paints Laptops Dish towel/cloths Footballs/basketballs/ Hot glue guns Vans/vehicles Wall clock volleyballs Old CDs & DVDs Fans Coat tree Foam balls for inside Ink pads & stamps 8’ or 6’ tables Ceiling fan Elmer’s glue, craft glue Cake decorating tubes Locking storage cabinets Men’s electric razors Arts & crafts supplies Knit gloves, any size, Locking file cabinets Storage bins or tubs Construction paper singles or pairs Lawn mowers White card stock Squeeze bottles Genesis Development 401 W. 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