Spring 2008 Your Oak Hill Branches Out Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2008 Newsletter Contents Over the Rainbow Events – pgs. 2-3 Denise, who moved to the Lebanon group home a year ago, How Your Gifts says she “couldn’t be happier.” For someone who knows her Make a Difference – pgs. 4-5 own mind, and is not shy about telling you what’s on it, that Volunteers and Volunteer is high praise indeed. Recognition – pgs. 5-8 Oak Hill Logo Logo studies Rev 02/07/07 Fiercely independent, Denise worked full time and lived on her (Add branches in the Oak tree; make base bigger/more like a hill to resonate the Hill part of the name; A Call to Action: use green & black only; combine date & description. Note: two color and hill options) Legislative Update – pgs. 8 own until health issues made it too difficult. When she came to Accolades – pgs. 9 visit the Lebanon group home, Denise says, “I fell in love with it. The other group homes I lived in weren’t the same as here.” Program Happenings – pgs. 9 Educators and Health Care Residents and staff have endeared themselves to Denise, who comments, “The staff are Professionals – pgs. 10 nice, kind, wonderful, marvelous! And Patty (another resident) – well, she’s the light Community Survey – pgs. 11-12 of my life!” Denise’s days are filled with music, cooking, running errands, shopping and spending time with her housemates. “I’m over the rainbow here,” Denise sings, “over the rainbow.” Since 1893, services & solutions for people with disabilities. 120 Holcomb Street • Hartford, CT 06112-1589 T 860.242.2274 F 860.242.3103 E email@example.com www.ciboakhill.org Oak Hill Branches Out is published 3 times a year by: Oak Hill First Annual Lindsey Jo Haile Walk/Run/Roll 120 Holcomb Street, On a beautiful fall day, Oak Hill held its first successful walk/run/roll Hartford, CT 06112-1589 T 860.242.2274 in memory of Lindsey Jo Haile, former resident of Oak Hill’s Walling- F 860.242.3103 ford/Hall Acres group home, who passed away on October 24, 2006. E firstname.lastname@example.org Lindsey’s disabilities did not stop her from enjoying life to the fullest www.ciboakhill.org and in doing so touching the lives of the people who cared for her. Editor: Suzanne Heise, VP of Development Lindsey loved her home, her roommates, and the many employees who cared for her. Board of Directors – 2007-2008 Alan Desmarais, Chairman Margaret Jacobson, Esp., Vice Chairman To commemorate Lindsey Jo’s life and to thank Oak Hill staff, Claudia Robert Ellis, Secretary Hill, Lindsey Jo’s mother, initiated the Lindsey Jo Haile Walk/Run/ Kathy Fournier, Assistant Secretary, Oak Hill Roll last October. More than 160 Directors walkers, runners and rollers and Charles Bunnell Janice Harris, Ph.D. 40 sponsors raised $6,000. The Mary Louise Casey Jerald D. Hassett proceeds will provide equipment Christopher Cloud Armand Legault Melissa Farley, Esq. Steve Norris for Hall Acres residents Dot, Brendan Fox, Esq. Kenya Rutland Adam, Logan, Tim and Bobby Elliott Ginsberg Frank J. Szilagyi, Esq. and give them opportunities to Christopher Hanlon Ned E. Wentworth Henry Zachs travel, a special love of Lindsey’s. Corporators Eileen Akers Erich Ohldendorf Brad Barrows Josephine Pace Oak Hill staff Debbie Ruggiano and Lawrence H. Barrows John Passalacqua Tom Gould celebrated their first and second Joan Blumenthal Eddie Perez prize status for completing the walk at 49.29 Jere A. Carangelo Brewster Perkins and 49:30 respectively. Rosemary C. Clarke Edward B. Potter, Esq. Robert Cloonan Kathy Roche Mario D’Angelo, O.D. F. James Seaman Emilie de Brigard Hasmukh J. Shah John F. Dee James F. Shea Ronald Eddy Elizabeth B. Shelley Mrs. T. Mitchell Ford Patricia H. Stedman Carol Gillispie Rene H. Tompkinson Donald G. Goranson Lyn G. Walker, Esq. Allen S. Gouse, Ph.D. The Honorable Samuel C. Hamilton Douglass B. Wright Laurence E. Hangland Judith Zachs Jean R. Hanor Robert Harriau Marye Gail Harrison Laurie Kablik Ben Guiney David Lentini James Link Susan A. Ludwig Norman J. Martinelli Claudia Hill (center) is joined by her daughter Angelina McGillivray Chelsey Brenneman and granddaughter Andrew Norton, Esq. Maddison Lindsey. Bonnie F. Ohlendorf 2 Oak Hill Branches Out • Spring 2008 Events Upcoming Events May 9, 2008 Spring Dance for Oak Hill Program Participants at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill May 15, 2008 Oak Hill Foundation event June 22, 2008 4th Annual Jordan’s Journey Charity Motorcycle Ride to benefit Oak Hill (9am-3pm) September 17, 2008 14th Annual Oak Hill Fundraising Golf Tournament October 11, 2008 2nd Annual Lindsay Jo Haile Run/Walk/Roll to benefit Oak Hill November 15, 2008 12th Annual Hartford Artisan’s Center at (10am-4pm) Oak Hill Public Sale To serve on a planning committee, volunteer or participate in an event, please contact: Trish Hesslein, director of community relations, 860-769-3876, or via email at: email@example.com. Fore! More than 160 golfers, 35 volunteers and 90 generous sponsors, including major sponsors Mohegan Sun, Bank of America, and Avon Wholesales, raised $65,000 for Oak Hill’s 13th golf tournament held at Lyman Orchards. Proceeds will provide cultural/recreational opportunities and equipment for Oak Hill program participants. Master of Ceremonies Joe D’Ambrosio and Chairman of the Board Peg Jacobson (on right) congratulate Mixed Division 1st Prize winners, from left volunteer Denise Vashalifski, Patrick Kelly , Esther Levegnale, Molly Zawisza and Mike Deschenes. Jim Calhoun Speaks to Autism On September 26, Oak Hill and Leadership Greater Hartford jointly presented “Ringing in on Autism: A Symposium for Connecticut Educators and Administrators,” a unique event which provided practical information about efforts to increase autism awareness in school systems on the behavioral, education, political and medical fronts. The symposium, the first of its kind in Connecticut, featured keynote speaker Jim Calhoun, legendary head coach of the UCONN Men’s Huskies Basketball Team, in addition to a panel of experts who shared information and best practices with over 260 attendees. Keynote speaker Jim Calhoun is deeply involved with “Autism Speaks,” an organization that helps raise public awareness and research funding for autism, an issue close to Calhoun’s heart. Facilitating the session was Stan Simpson, Hartford Courant columnist. Panelists included Atty. Howard Klebanoff (Special Education Rights attorney), Dr. Inge-Marie Eigsti (University of Connecticut), Suzanne Letso (CT Center for Child Development), along with Nancy Hines and Kathy Piquette (Hartford Public School teachers, specializing in autism). 3 How Your Gifts Make a Difference The Andre P. D’Auteuil Family Foundation Oak Hill President Pat Johnson recognized Marcel D’Auteuil (center), whose son Andre lives at the Hebron group home. Marcel’s generous support has provided major renovations to the group home and gifts from outdoor A Thoughtful Birthday Gift furniture to a wheelchair swing that are Jessie Handel, whose granddaughter enjoyed by all the residents. Oak Hill has Erin attends Oak Hill’s East Hartford also benefited from grants for equipment day program, threw herself a birthday through the Andre P. D’Auteuil Family party so she could enjoy all her family Foundation, established by the family in and friends, but she didn’t want gifts. honor of Andre. Instead this thoughtful and humble woman asked that donations be made “Thank you for sending me on my trip to Disney World. It made me very happy. I to Oak Hill to benefit Erin’s day like the shuttle bus because it took me to all the parks. My favorite place to go was program. The generous support from Epcot Center. I liked the Japanese restaurant the best. I liked the rides, and I drove a Jessie, her family and friends will race car.” Sincerely, Angel, who submitted his note in Braille enhance the lives of all the program participants in East Hartford. Did You Know? • Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds save twice. By donating appreciated securities to Oak Hill you may avoid capital gains Gifts That Keep on Giving tax on the difference between the price you paid for the securities and We thank our donors who have their current market value the date the gift is made. You may also be established these endowed funds that able to deduct the current market value of your securities gift as will enhance the lives of people with allowed by law. disabilities for years come, bringing • A gift of real estate that has grown in value qualifies for capital gains bring joy to our program participants savings and you may be credited with a contribution valued at the fair and tuition assistance to students who market value of the property. are legally blind. Annual Gifts Arthur Pereira Endowed Fund – Unrestricted gifts to the annual fund, no matter the amount, enable provides musical instruments and Oak Hill to meet the most urgent needs of our program participants. entertainment Restricted gifts are equally important as they meet specific needs. The following restricted funds, to which you can earmark your gift, have been established to honor loved ones: John A. Coccomo, Sr. Endowed • Hilda Feingold Fund – provides equipment for elderly people with Fund – benefits visually impaired macular degeneration students to further their education or • Laurie Link Education award – provides nursing scholarships to training Oak Hill staff • Andrew LeShay Fund – provides musical entertainment for Oak Hill Susan Passlacqua Endowed Fund – program participants and alumni provides gifts and recreational activities For more information on establishing an endowed or annual fund, Robert A. and Susan A. Ludwig or on how to contributie stocks, bonds, mutual funds or real estate, Endowed Fund – provides please contact Suzanne L. Heise, vice president for development and camperships communications, at 860-769-3834 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 Oak Hill Branches Out • Spring 2008 Support We are grateful to corporations and foundations for their generous support of these Oak Hill programs: The Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill Eleanor A. Books Blindness Related Center • Lincoln Financial Group Foundation at Oak Hill • City of Hartford, Community Development • Bank of America, Local Heroes Award Block Grant • Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation • Daphne G. Fuller Fund at the Hartford Foundation The NEAT Center at Oak Hill for Public Giving • Ronald McDonald House Charities • Gibney Family Foundation • Travelers Foundation • James H. Napier Foundation • Harold and Rebecca H. Gross Foundation, Bank of America Trustee Oak Hill Camp • Mabel P. Brady Trust Oak Hill Residential & Day Services Programs • Andre D’Auteuil Family Foundation Oak Hill Center for Relationship and Sexuality Education • Susan G. Komen for the Cure • Aetna Foundation Volunteers Oak Hill Welcomes Two New Board Members Kenya Rutland Owner of KJR Consulting in Manchester, Kenya has nearly 10 years of training and development experience with a focus on creating healthy, high-performing individuals, groups, and organizations. Kenya’s work has included change management, customer service, diversity and inclusion, leadership, and team development. He has worked with various types of organizations including affinity groups, corporations, educational institutions, and government entities. Elliot A. Ginsberg Former Chief of Staff to First District Congressman John B. Larson, Elliot was recently named Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in East Hartford. Elliot, an accomplished executive with experience in leadership and oversight of non-profit organizations, was a former Superior Court magistrate before joining Congressman Larson as his chief of staff. He has also served as Commissioner of the State Department of Human Resources, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work. 5 Volunteers Volunteer Recognition This year’s Annual Meeting And Awards Presentation Community Service Provider Awards were given to unveiled Oak Hill’s new image and recognized the these friends of Oak Hill for their care, outgoing and incoming Chair of the Oak Hill board as compassion and commitment to the people well as individuals and businesses for their extraordinary with disabilities we serve: accomplishments. • Trish Stapleton and Tamra Holda, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center • Joe Barber, Trinity College • Ginny and Tom Wutka, Lost Acre’s Orchard • Dr. Linda Roberts and Dr. Marie Allan, Glastonbury Public Schools • Ms. Donna Schilke, Smith Middle School • Ms. Liz Miller, Ms. Gina Ganali, and Mr. Ermir Xhihani, Stay Well Dental Clinic From left, Rozz Mitchell, Jim McGarr, Sue Davis, and Marva Douglas-Brito are recognized for their 25th year anniversary with Oak Hill and Sandy Zeligman for her 45th year. Alan Desmarais, director of finance for the town of Manchester, is nominated as 2007-2008 chair of the Oak Hill Board, following Peg Jacobson who has become vice chair. From left, Employees of the Month Keith Kaczmarcyk and Trish Nolan, are congratulated by immediate past chair of Oak Hill’s Board, Peg Jacobson, for their exemplary performance in 2007. 6 We extend our gratitude to Team AMEX members, Katie Melfi, Burlington, CT; Lily Simons, W. Suffield, CT; Tom Dames, Hartsdale, NY; Cindy Randall, Rochester, NY; and Carole Hawes, Windsor, CT. Steve Famiglietti, (center) manager of Suzanne Heise (left), vice president, the Vocational Center for People who are development and communications, Blind or Visually Impaired, presents the recognizes John A. Coccomo, Sr. A Holiday Tradition at Corporation of the Year award to Dean Foundation Board member Andrews and Bonnie Ohlendorf for American Express Kathy Roche for 15 years of Bank of America’s excellence in giving A holiday tradition for American generous support from the back to the community. Express employees is to volunteer at foundation. a local charity. They view it as a great way to serve their community while building team spirit and morale. In November, five members of Team AMEX came to help the Hartford Artisans’ Center at Oak Hill organize fabric, yarn and inventory product. They also had the opportunity to meet the artisans and learn about Oak Hill’s therapeutic weaving and quilting program. AMEX Team Captain Katie Melfi said, “I wanted a ‘hands on’ project where my team and Ned Wentworth, vice chair of I could really make a difference. When the 2006-2007 Oak Hill Board, researching local charities online, I Anna Eddy, vice president of education, learned about Oak Hill and I thought is recognized by Peg Jacobson, presents Oak Hill’s 2007 Student of the immediate past chair, for his deep this would be a great place to Year Award to Miguel Carattini for his commitment and generosity to volunteer because you have so many tremendous progress in reaching his goals. Oak Hill. unique programs serving people with disabilities. We all work in different towns and this is a way for us to get together, spend quality time and to give back to the community. We had a great time meeting the artisans and I wanted to say thank you for the opportunity.” continued on page 8 7 Volunteers – continued from page 7 Frank and Julie Mairano receive Oak Hill’s 2007 Parents of the Year Award for their courage and Peg Jacobson, immediate past chair of strength. Oak Hill’s Board, presents the Program Participant of the Year Award to Sean Hobson for his determination and enormous achievements. He is joined by his mother, Doris. For the second year, students volunteered at Oak Hill for Trinity College’s 8th Annual“Do It” day. They helped clean medical equipment at the NEAT Center. A Call to Action: Legislative Update Oak Hill is working with community provider agencies to ask Governor Jodi M. Rell and the State legislature to support the Community Providers Rescue Fund designed to: stabilize our funding base with a $135 million immediate infusion; form a commission to consider a long term indexing solution to address chronic underfunding; and create an annual $65 million capital improvement fund to maintain facilities. While this newsletter is being prepared, there will be a public hearing on legislation supporting the Community Provider Rescue Fund. This is being raised in the Human Services Committee and we are very grateful to Senator Jonathan Harris for his leadership on this. Depending on the outcome of that hearing, we may need your help in contacting your local legislators for their support of this bill that will ensure adequate funding for Oak Hill and other non-profits. Please contact Gwen Williams at email@example.com or at 860-242-2274 to find out how you can help. 8 Oak Hill Branches Out • Spring 2008 Accolades At the November 2007 Bank of America’s Hartford Neighborhood Excellence InitiativeTM Awards, Steve Famiglietti, manager of Oak Hill’s Vocational Center for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired, was recognized as a Local Hero – people who have special and significant impact on individuals, families, or communities. As a local hero, Steve received a $5,000 grant which he donated to Oak Hill. Congratulations to the John A. Coccomo, Sr. Foundation for being chosen to receive the 2007 Raymond E. Baldwin Award from the Board of Education and Services for the Blind. Nominated by Oak Hill, the Coccomo Foundation has enhanced the lives of hundreds of people who are blind and is most deserving of this award that recognizes an individual, agency, civic organization, or volunteer group who has made outstanding contributions to the betterment and enrichment of the lives of persons who are blind in Connecticut. Program Happenings Eric, Mansfield group home resident, and his mother were proud to show off Eric’s medals from the Special Olympics – a silver for his team and a gold for his softball skills. Francis and his classmates from the Terryville education classroom had the unique opportunity to visit the U.S. Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks where aircraft is maintained and pilots and flight engineers are trained. Calvin Haynes and Valentine Bucknor, residential program workers, join Granby Group Home residents Alan and Paul, both deaf and legally blind on their first trip out of state in 20 years. During their visit to Lake Georgek, they enjoyed boat trips, laughing and waving to passerby on horse and buggy rides, dined on seafood, shopped and played in the game arcades. 9 Educators and Health Care Professionals Helping Children and Their Parents A Gift of Life The new Oak Hill Birth to Three program is now Oak Hill has just published a teaching manual on accepting referrals and completing evaluating children breast health for women with intellectual disabilities, with delays in developmental milestones and disabilities thanks to generous funding from the CT Affiliate of in Connecticut. Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Aetna Foundation. This manual, with accompanying Aggie Pont, director, is an occupational therapist who CD-ROM and laminated cards, will empower women oversaw the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center across the country to learn about breast health Birth to Three program for five years. Joining Aggie are Tracy Popolizio, special education teacher; Karen Over the last four years, the CRSE has provided Rowntree, physical therapist; Joyce Worhunsky, speech outreach breast health education to 265 women with language pathologist; and Aida Diaz, bilingual program intellectual disabilities, provided education to 142 assistant. All bring a wealth of experience. care providers, and offered 52 screening mammo- grams. But we didn’t do it alone. Thanks to the Birth to Three services are provided in children’s Hartford Hospital Partnership for Breast Care, homes, daycare centers, community settings, or where women who had never received breast exams were the child spends the most time during the day. Parents put at ease by compassionate technicians. and caregivers identify concerns and develop outcomes with staff in an effort to help their child and family. The teaching manual is dedicated to Tara, a remark- Strategies and suggestions are shared with the families ably vibrant woman who loved visits from her family, who are connected with community resources to help going to work, playing with Legos, eating chocolate meet their needs. chip cookies and having a pedicure. What Tara didn’t like was going to the doctor as she was unable to One mother of a child in the Oak Hill Birth to Three tolerate the simplest medical procedure. program recently shared her appreciation of how the providers helped her and her family learn to better On her 51st structure her daily routines and to provide short phrases birthday, Tara died of complications from breast can- for her child to model and imitate. cer. Her legacy will live on in the new Oak Hill teach- ing manual. We thank Tara, her family, our partners, For more information, educators and health care and our funders for this gift of life. professionals are encouraged to contact Oak Hill’s Birth to Three Director Aggie Pont at 860-286-3181 To order the teaching manual, please visit our or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. website at www.ciboakhill.org. Our friend and inspiriation, Tara 10 Oak Hill Branches Out • Spring 2008 Oak Hill Communications Survey We’re interested in hearing from you so that we may improve the way you receive information about Oak Hill. Please take a few moments to participate in this survey. Please fill out below and mail back, in the enclosed prepaid envelope, by April 25, 2008. 1. Oak Hill keeps me informed about: Agree Disagree Don’t Know a. News and Events ______ _______ _______ b. Programs and Services ______ _______ _______ c. Fundraising Activities & Campaigns ______ _______ _______ d. Finances and Spending ______ _______ _______ e. Staff Roles and Activities ______ _______ _______ f. The people they help and serve ______ _______ _______ g. The need for volunteers ______ _______ _______ 2. Which of the following would you like to know more about Oak Hill? (Check all that apply.) ____ Program and event offerings ____ Strategic Plans and Goals –––– Effectiveness (of what?) –––– Finances –––– Relationship between Oak Hill and other agencies (State, other non-profit, etc.) –––– Staff roles and responsibilities –––– Cost comparison to similar organizations –––– Parent and/or guardian information ____ Other: ________________________________________________________________________ 3. How did you get information about Oak Hill during the past year? (Check all that apply.) ____ Oak Hill literature and/or mailings (correspondence, brochures, etc.) ____ Oak Hill website ____ Email ____ Referral sources in the community (parents, agencies, disability vendors, etc.) ____ Word of Mouth (family members, friends, neighbors, Oak Hill staff or volunteers) ____ Newspaper – name: __________________________________________ ____ Television – name: ___________________________________________ ____ Radio – name: _______________________________________________ ____ Other advertising; please list____________________________________ ____ Trade shows, or other events ____ Public Meetings in the community ____ Other: ___________________________________ continued on next page 11 Non-Profit Org. U.S. POSTAGE PAID Hartford, CT Permit No. 4558 Since 1893, services & solutions for people with disabilities. 120 Holcomb Street Hartford, CT 06112-1589 Oak Hill Branches Out Survey – continued 4. How would you prefer to receive future information about Oak Hill? (Rank all 1-10; 1=Most Important, 10=Least Important) a. ____ Oak Hill literature and/or mailings (correspondence, brochures, etc.) b. ____ Oak Hill website c. ____ Email d. ____ Referral sources in the community (parents, agencies, disability vendors, etc.) e. ____ Word of Mouth (family members, friends, neighbors, Oak Hill staff or volunteers) f. ____ Newspaper – name: __________________________________________ g. ____ Television – name: ___________________________________________ h. ____ Radio – name: _______________________________________________ i. ____ Other advertising; please list____________________________________ j. ____ Trade shows, or other events k. ____ Public Meetings in the community l. ____ Other: ___________________________________ 5. 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