COMMUNITY CHOICES

monthly newsletter  //  june 2016

SPOTLIGHT

WELCOME OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
BECCA OBUCHOWSKI

ABOUT BECCA

Growing up in Urbana, Becca is long-time member of the community. She took a detour away during her undergraduate years, when she attended Beloit College in Wisconsin, but soon returned. It was after college that she began working with people with disabilities. She held several positions at Developmental Services Center, but left two years ago to pursue her Master’s in Special Education and coursework for her Board Certified Behavior Analyst license at UIUC after she realized her drive to learn new ideas and systems for serving this deserving group of people in their communities and schools. Following graduation this May, Becca is excited to apply her expertise to the role of Executive Director and advocate for the individuals and families partnering with Community Choices. After two intense years of school, she is also excited to have time for hobbies again! In her spare time, she is looking forward to baking, camping, gardening, and spending time with friends and family, including her four-month-old nephew.
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

FAMILY PARTY

We all had a fantastic time at our annual Spring Family Party held on May 22nd! About 50 of our members met at Hessel Park for potluck picnic, good conversations, bocce and other games. A big thank you to the planning committee: David Johnson, Deanne Johnson, Daniel Krein and Sheila Krein!

CONGRATULATIONS!

On Tuesday, May 24th at 4:25pm, Community Choices Employment Specialist Ashley Withers and her husband Blake welcomed this beautiful baby girl into the world: 


Weighing in at 7lbs 3oz, and stretching 19" long...Hailey Jean Withers!!! 

Congratulations Ashley and Blake!!!
 

GOOD LUCK JAMIE!


The time of change continues at Community Choices. Jamie Stevens will be leaving us after 5 and a half years of service. She is moving on to a new opportunity with Adams Outdoor Advertising. We are so grateful to Jamie for all the work she has done in developing the Customized Employment department from nothing into what it is today. She will be greatly missed, but we know we now have another amazing advocate in the community. Here's a great photo from her going away party yesterday:

MAY'S MEMBER MEETING

THANK YOU TO MAY'S FEATURED SPEAKER:
 ALLAN BERGMAN


A parent and consultant on disability policy around the country, Allan presented on "Essential Elements of Life Planning for Adults with Disabilities." From the Affordable Care Act to informed decision-making and guardianship, Allan addressed many important, yet often overwhelming, areas of life and provided opportunities for questions to be answered and discussions to be had. Thanks, Allan!
WE'RE HIRING!
Do you know anyone who is interested in helping people with disabilities discover their gifts and talents? Do you know anyone who wants to help connect people to great employers in the community? 

Community Choices is seeking a full-time Employment Specialist to work with people with disabilities and help them find employment. Applications are due by Friday, June 3. Check out: http://www.communitychoicesinc.org/get-involved.html for more information.
THIS MONTH

GOING AWAY PARTY FOR JEN!

Mark your calendars!  Jen's Going Away Party is on Saturday, June 25th and you're all invited!  Come celebrate all Jen has done at Community Choices and help send her off on her next adventure in style!  Here are the details:

Going Away Party for Jen
Saturday, June 25th from 4pm-7pm
Tortorelli home: 2721 Lakeview Dr. in Champaign

**IMPORTANT: Please RSVP to Linda at ltortore@illinois.edu or call 217-377-7667 and sign up to bring either a side dish, dessert or beverage. The Tortorellis will provide the main course.

SOCIAL EVENTS

SOCIAL EVENTS

Thursday 6/2/16 6:00pm-8:00pm - First Thursday Dinner at TGI Friday’s

Tuesday 6/14/16 6:45-8:45pm- Movie @ Virginia Theatre: Princess Bride

Saturday 6/18/16 9:30am-11am- Urbana’s Market @ the Square Lincoln Square Corner of Vine & Illinois, Urbana

Saturday 6/25/16 4pm-7pm- Jen's Going Away Party at Tortorelli’s Home

Tuesday 6/28/16 11:30am-1pm - Lunch Club @ the Lunchtime Food Truck Rally Series at the Urbana Civic Center

**Community Choices membership and RSVPs are required for social events. To discuss membership, or to RSVP, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at hannah.communitychoices@gmail.com, or 271-621-1090.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

It's time to renew your Community Choices Membership!  Please complete and return the Membership Renewal Form by June 30th. You can download the form by clicking here: CC Member Enrollment Form 2017.

Completed forms can be submitted to Hannah Sheets at hannah.communitychoices@gmail.com, or mailed to:

Community Choices
Attn:  Hannah Sheets
404 E. Main St, Suite 419
Champaign IL 61821

If you have any questions about renewal or becoming a member for the first time, contact Hannah at 217-621-1090.






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