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WCI Newsletter: April 19th, 2016

Message From The Vice President of Operations

Joe DonatiWe here at WCI are truly fortunate to have some of the most wonderful staff in the industry working here. We have people that go above and beyond in their positions to make a difference in the lives of the Individuals we get to support. We have people that show us on a daily basis how selfless a person can be and put others needs before their own. I know that I consider myself to be lucky to be a part of the teams that they are on.

My message this week is actually more of a request for help. I am looking to hear about the wonderful things that our staff (Direct Support Professionals, Administrators, any and all) do that make them stand out. ADDP (Association for Developmental Disabilities Providers, The Providers Council and ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) put out annual requests for nominations for people for different awards and I believe that our team here at WCI is made up of some of the greatest people in this field. I am gathering samples throughout the year of wonderful things that people are doing so when one of those requests for staff to receive an award comes up, I will be ready. What I would like is for anyone that sees something that impresses them or really makes them stop and think, “What a great staff person!!!” to please take that moment and email me about it. I will add it to my database of great examples of great people and I will be ready once those award nominations are due.

Thank you everyone for letting me be able to thank the amazing people we get to work with!!


 

Revolve Clothing Fundraiser For WCI

During the winter of 2015, Revolve Consignment Boutiques, a women’s clothing store that features contemporary fashion available at onlyrevolve a fraction of the retail price, in Belmont & Lexington, held a fundraiser for a three month period for WCI – Work, Community, Independence, a nonprofit agency that provides homes and work for adults with intellectual disabilities, in their Cushing Square Belmont store.

The Cushing Square location now serves as the Revolve Outlet store and items that do not sell in the other stores are moved to the Cushing Square location where 100% of sales are donated to the organization that is selected. The fundraiser also included the sale of WCI’s Art Initiative items, such as jewelry, scarves, notecards, paintings and other various items created by the adults with disabilities.

We are so grateful for the support from Lisa Castagno, Owner. As a result, we received a check for $1600 which will benefit WCI to support the various needs of the Individuals in our programs.

Please go online & connect to revolveboutiques.com to check out the great selection of designer items.

WCI appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with Revolve Consignment Boutiques and the generous donation.


 

WCI Employee Recognition Committee

Trecognitionhe Employee Recognition Committee consists of Employees from the Business Office, Human Resources, Clinical Supports and Operations. The Committee meets to solicit and select nominations for staff that go above and beyond in the following categories: Community-Go-Getter, Brand New Star, Key Player, Steady Eddie, and A Big Heart. This month, the Employee Recognition Committee is proud to present the Community Go-Getter Award to Dawn Gardener, Michelilne Ligonde, and Neltha Joseph. WCI Employees nominated them for having gone the extra mile to involve the Individuals they support in the community. They have also shown spectacular initiative in planning special events, such as day trips to Salem, taking vacations on the Cape and participating in a regional diversity event. WCI appreciates all that they do to enrich the lives of the Individuals they support!


 

WCI Office Space Expansion & RenovationsIndustrial-Construction-Signs-43488BBHPLYALU-ba

We have some good news about the 2nd Phase of our renovations. They should be starting soon. The front door will be blocked off entirely during the renovation. Between the hours of 9am & 5pm the other side door down from the front door on the right side of the building will be open to enter. Our Office Manager, Amaka Nwafor, will be in the office near the entryway. We will have signage & she will direct you to where you need to go. Work should begin this week. We will keep you posted as to the official start date. The work should take about 2-3 weeks. Thank you for your patience!


 

WCI’s First ASL Safety Care Class a Success!

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WCI held its first Safety Care class taught entirely in American Sign Language. The class, taught by Jo Jo Santiago and Frank Rich, was a great success, with all eleven staff from our Deaf Residential and Day Supports receiving certification. Congratulations to all involved, as this was the first time in Safety Care’s history that a class was taught by a Deaf instructor to a class who were all also Deaf.


 

Circus Of Senses!

On March 30th, Susan, Donna, and Nathan went to the Circus of circusSenses in Boston where they had a great time. This event was geared towards people with autism, Deaf, and handicapped, and other needs. There were ASL interpreters presented at the event. Our Individuals were fascinated with the show and the performers that were in it.

 

 


 

Happy Anniversary, Renee!

reneeCongratulations to Renee, who is about to celebrate her anniversary at Walgreens! On May 1st, she will have worked at Walgreens for 18 years! Renee enjoys helping to train new staff, and helping people find the items they are looking for. Great job, Renee!


 

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