We love celebrations and this month we are whooping it up more than usual. Please join us in congratulating the accomplishments of so many wonderful members of the DakotAbilities family!
Rod worked at Citi for 32 years and is now retired. Our friends at Citi were not about to let him go without a party so they threw him one via Zoom. Over 40 people attended to congratulate him and gift him with several items he can use in his retirement. They thanked him for being responsible for opening employment doors for others with disabilities at their facility. Rodney has been with DakotAbilities for 45 years.
Kelsey combined her artistic talent with eight others at the LifeScape Center for the Arts to enter the Downtown Sioux Falls Art Box Contest. The contest resulted in 27 utility boxes downtown wrapped with the winners' artwork. Kelsey and her fellow artists won as a collaborative piece. Their utility box is located at 14th and Main by Calvary Cathedral. The team shared a cash prize.
Sew, Susan, Sew!
The Exploration Room at Longfellow Center is a place where individuals can, well, explore ways to become more independent by learning life skills. Susan had a pair of pants that needed repair as well as a new button so she brought them to the Exploration Room. After a quick lesson, she diligently made the needed repairs by herself.
DSP Week Celebrating Those Who Serve
Our 200+ Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) will have all next week dedicated to them and the amazing work they do. DSP Week runs September 12-18 and will include daily contests, gifts, a food truck, and choosing the DSP of the Year. Families and friends were asked to provide thank you notes for individuals or homes and the notes are pouring in!
One favorite note came from the sister of a person we serve. It reminds us of how important and appreciated every single one of our DSPs is. They put the smiles on faces, act as guides on each person's journey toward independence, provide care for the most vulnerable, and treat them as family because they are. If you would like to leave a message it will be shared with them next week. Just click below.
Our DSPs take their roles in people's lives very seriously. They know they are responsible for being part of the care and growth of every individual. They are the frontline staff when sharing successes and information with families. They are committed to living the DakotAbilities' mission and embrace its core values. They support one another daily to provide the best care possible. They are why we created the Living the Mission award. DSPs nominate one another for the award. Family and community members nominate the people they feel go above and beyond.
Have you had a positive experience with one of our DSPs? Then please complete the nomination form by clicking on the Living the Mission logo.
The last recipient was Tony Eich. He was chosen for his dedication, his willingness to work on his days off, and his organization skills for both the home he works in and the people who live there. We are so grateful for you and your peers!
We Don't Like to Brag, But...
The current issue of the Sioux Falls Chamber News features Amy and Emily, two individuals from DakotAbilities when they were employed at the Yakkity Yak Coffee Shack. The article suggest that businesses hiring people with disabilities might be one solution to the current worker shortages. Megan Anderson is our community day manager and works with other agencies to help people get hired. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You, Wonderful You!
What would we do without you? You support the people we serve in so many ways! Your financial gifts provide them opportunities to grow, add meaning to their lives, and builds their independence. Your gifts are powerful. If you would like to make a gift at this time just click on the button below. If you would like your contribution to have impact throughout the year, please check out our monthly donor club, Behind the Cape. Thank you! You are appreciated!
Click here for information on joining our Behind the Cape Club for monthly donors. There are a number of ways you can easily join plus you get a t-shirt declaring your support of the people we serve. (Warning: Becoming a member will make you feel fantastic!)
What are you celebrating? Tell us about a success in your own life. It might be something that makes you smile or just plain feel good. It might be small or it might be life-changing. We are always looking for reasons to celebrate and would love for you to be one of them!
Just click on the question mark to answer.
Working together, we create opportunities and meaningful lives for people with disabilities
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