NEW CONTENT Pay Incentive Update from DODD on Professional Development page

NEW CONTENT: We have added new pages and new content. See Ohio Dept of DD most recent memo on the Pay Incentive for Training and Longivity oh the Professional Development page.


New training avaialable on the Professional Development page.

Also there are new employees picture in Welcome to the Team page. And Events on the.... wait for it.... the Events page.

Finally, There are new resources and money saving ideas on the EAP page. There is also an explaination of the Heathly Havar program where you can earn a bonus for doing things that will keep you healthy.

All in response to specific ideas brought out in our last Employee Satisfaction Survey. Thank you!!! Together we are building a better team.


Mile of a Smile

(or A Two Hour Shift in the Life of a Direct Support Provider)

by Chris Bruno

Alarm before the sun,

a pack of attention seeking dogs prevent oversleeping.

A shower followed by coffee and breakfast if there's time,

kisses all around then it's out the door.

Driving to the latest from NPR,

pondering my day,

A quick stop for coffee and a bite to go.

Walking through the door,

sunrise at my back.

A smile greets me.

Make the coffee and grab the cereal,

don't forget the milk,

and a dash of sugar.

Socialize and sip coffee,

Not bad at all.

How are you?

Did you sleep well?

Your cat is outside playing.

Time for changing the bed.

Time for picking clothes.

Time for washing,

don't forget behind the ears.

Lotion on the feet.

Do those nails need a trim?

Time for dressing,

Leave him dapper.

Meds meds meds,

don't forget the water.

Laundry in the washer,

and feed the cat.

Pack a lunch.

Don't forget the mustard.

Don't forget the juice.

Don't forget the apple,

peeled, sliced and cored.

Time for dishes,

scrubbed and racked.

Wipe the table,

the counter.

Does the bathroom need a scrub?

The sun is up,

the kitchen neat,

and socks are on those lotioned feet.

The lunch is packed,

the cat is fed,

fresh linens lie upon the bed.

Two hours already?

Time for me to go,

Hugs Hugs Hugs,

and a smile.

Till next week,

good bye,

take care,

and I'll see you soon.


one more hug,

and with it,

as always,

his genuine smile.

Out the door,

the sun on my face.

In the car,


smiling as I drive,

on to the next place.