monthly newsletter  //  october 2016



Video games are often talked about by fans, critics, and exasperated parents, but rarely are the positive aspects of video games discussed. To some, they do not tend to encourage physical activity, real social interaction, or getting outside of the house. Pokemon Go is a refreshing change of pace. Several Community Choices members recently began a Pokemon Go Meetup Club, and have already become quite familiar with the Pokestops and creatures located downtown.  

Members of the group range from new players to seasoned Pokemon Masters. This allows the experienced players to continue refining their strategies while giving tips to those who are new to the game. Since the Pokemon Go is played with cell phones, it's also an opportunity to bond over shared frustrations with modern technology. Of course, perhaps the most interesting thing about this game is its dedication to exercise. One player remarked that he had lost 7 pounds since he started playing. The game also provides a new way to get together with friends and experience our town. It is rare to find a video game that can provide any one, let alone all, of these benefits. The club's next stops will be Westside Park and Meadowbrook Park.

Although the Pokemon Go Club is now led by a Community Choices member, anyone interested in joining can contact Ryan Thomson at


Congratulations to Home Depot (Champaign) for becoming a LEAP Certified Employer! 

Partners for Employment exists to empower, engage, inspire and challenge the community in the growth of job opportunities for persons with a developmental disability. Associate Support Department Supervisor, Anna Morris (pictured) and the management staff at Home Depot exemplify the mission of Partners for Employment. Thank you for supporting community employment for people with disabilities! 


Come and join us this Sunday for our Chili Cook-off fundraiser! Enjoy 10 different types of chili, cornbread, treats and live music! Bring your checkbooks for the $10 suggested donation and a silent auction with many fabulous themed baskets to bid on! Last year we raised $2,800, so let's see if we can top it this year!

See you on Sunday!

Date: Sunday, October 2nd
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: Ambucs Park, 1140 E. University Ave, Urbana IL
Map: Map to Ambucs Park


On October 15, 2016 Champaign County will host the 10th annual disABILITY Resource Expo: Reaching Out for Answers at the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign (just off I-72).  Funded by area businesses and agencies, this event will be a place for individuals with disabilities and their families to ask questions, get information, share ideas and learn more about what supportive services, programs and technology is available in our region. 
Join us on October 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for this FREE family-friendly event!
For more information, visit: or


Victoria Kramer is a Community Choices member as well as a college student at Danville Area Community College, where she is studying Floral Design and Horticulture. 

Turning her garage into a studio, Victoria, along with her mom Larissa and their friend Jeanne, has created useful and unique floor cloths, featuring designs that are colorful, expressive, and have a variety of purposes. YES, the floor cloths can be walked on or used as mats for pet food dishes. The floor cloths are durable and can easily be cleaned with soap and water. They are also perfect for a fish bowl, an indoor plant, or as a unique gift.

Victoria will be selling her floor cloths at the Disability Expo on October 15, so please stop by and chat with her about the process of making these imaginative, one-of-a-kind, floor cloths. You will find Victoria in the art room, and her cloths are priced between $20 - $40. She also accepts custom orders, so you can select your own custom colors, size, and artistic focus.



Family Bonfire
Community Choices Monthly Meeting
CC Trivia Team at Jupiter's at the Crossing
Lunch Club at Panera Bread
Costume Bowling

**Community Choices membership and RSVPs are required to attend social events. To discuss membership or to RSVP, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at or 217-621-1090.


Join us this month as we continue to explore additional services and options that are coming to the Champaign-Urbana community. This month, we welcome presenters from Charleston Transitional Facility’s new Advocacy Center, which is set to open in late October. Learn about their new programs and see if they might be something that you or a family member might be interested in!

Because we want all of our community members to have a chance to learn about this topic, we will be meeting together as one group again this month. There will be time at the end, however, where we will gather in two groups: one for for those of us with disabilities and one for family members, where we will discuss the impact that these services could have on our lives!

Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike!

Date: Thursday October 13th
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Where: St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, 2200 South Philo Road, Urbana, Illinois
Map: St. Matthew Lutheran Church 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana

If you'd like to learn more about CTF's Advocacy Center before the meeting, you can visit their website here:

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