October was National Disability Awareness Month, which helps educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Part of our newsletter will focus on the individuals that we support in the community and how we celebrated this year!
This summer seems to have just flown by and now we are within a few months of Christmas and the end of 2022! We set a new record for individuals participating in our Summer Youth Program and partnered with several different community businesses including Save-A-Lot, Back to the Wild, Care and Share, Erie and Sandusky County Dog Kennel, and Miller’s. Morgan Sibley, our Pre-ETS and Summer Youth Coordinator does an amazing job organizing the sites and working with the families and individuals to make each experience memorable and educational.
Our STEPs staff, Pam Klodnick, Donna Stoddard, Jessica McCormick, and fill-in Nicole Orman, have been filling up our volunteer sites to include the Salvation Army, First Congregational Church, Faith Church, Ghostly Manor, Humane Society, Erie County Dog Shelter, Second Harvest, First Christian Church, and OhGo. We have been fortunate to be able to attend the Artisans classes on Fridays and utilize our “crafty” side.
Donut Fest was held at the Jackson Street Pier and was a hit. The weather was good, the donuts were fresh, and the beer was cold! Great turnout for a great cause! Now starts the planning for the Talent Show in March!