COMMUNITY CHOICES

monthly newsletter  //  july 2016

SPOTLIGHT

A FAREWELL FROM CO-FOUNDER JEN KNAPP

 

Dear Community Choices Family and Supporters,
 
At the heart of Community Choices is the fundamental reality that people have value simply because they are people. Our deepest goal is to help people see their own value – often in discovering their skills and talents, trying new things, and allowing themselves to meet new people.
 
This work is made increasingly more difficult because of the fact that people with disabilities have been told, often starting with their doctors, what they won’t be able to accomplish. Disability is perceived as negative, so people spend their lives feeling like they are “less than”. If you have been told your whole life that you aren’t anybody, you start to believe it. Sometimes telling people they are “less than” is in a look, or pity for a parent, or a snide comment.
 
Only through true connection with others can people start to see another way. Father Gregory Boyle talks about “returning people to themselves,” and that is what community is for.
 
The truth is that all of us, no matter what our station in life, need help to know our worth. We need people in our lives to encourage us, to remind us of our possibility, and to sit with us when we are struggling.
 
As I leave Community Choices, my hope is that it will continue to grow as a place where people – all people – are valued, supported, and encouraged to be their best self. We have laid some strong foundations, and I am confident that the building on those foundations will be beautiful.
 
I am incredibly grateful to have had the privilege of helping to get this organization off the ground. We have grown from a few people around a dining room table, to 85 families committing to membership. We started with an idea that people could support each other, and now we are implementing that vision through Connect, Customized Employment, and Community Living. I can’t wait to hear what happens next.
 
With tremendous gratitude and hope,
 
Jen
 
PS – I will be continuing to work with people with disabilities as I move to Portland, Oregon. I will keep my email address: jen.advocacy@gmail.com, so please keep in touch.

THIS MONTH
REGISTER NOW FOR LEADERSHIP GROUP AND/OR MEN'S GROUP!
REGISTRATION DEADLINES ARE THIS WEEK!

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SOCIAL EVENTS

SOCIAL EVENTS

Thursday 7/7/16 6:00pm-8:00pm - First Thursday Dinner at Steak n’ Shake

Thursday 7/21/16 8:00am-5:30pm- Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort Day

Sunday 7/24/16 4:00pm-6:00pm - CC Family Pool Party

Tuesday 7/26/16 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.
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BECOME A SUSTAINING DONOR

At Community Choices, we believe that Success is a Shared Responsibility. Unfortunately, because of the ongoing budget standoff, the State’s role in contributing to the financial success of our organization has not been maintained. Community Choices, as well as other organizations and agencies around the state, have not received payment for the work we continue to do. This is a climate of uncertainty that we have to face, but we also understand that we, as members and supporters of Community Choices, also have a role in the success of our cooperative. With this in mind, we are asking all those who can, to commit to becoming a sustaining donor. By giving an automatic set gift each month, Community Choices is able to have a steady flow of income we can depend on, when other sources fail. Every member and supporter adds to the success of Community Choices with their ideas, enthusiasm, and talents. You can be an active part in our financial success too! Please follow the link to become a sustaining donor today!

http://www.communitychoicesinc.org/fundraising-events1.html
 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL

Community Choices Membership Renewals Are Due!  If you are a member and have not yet renewed, please complete and return the Membership Renewal Form. 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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