COMMUNITY CHOICES

monthly newsletter  //  may 2016

ART SHOW FUNDRAISER TUESDAY!
ART SHOW
Join us for our 3rd Annual Art Show & Sale!
WHEN: Tuesday, May 3rd from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Institute 4 Creativity, Located at 111 South Walnut Street, Champaign, IL 61820
COST: Tickets are $15 at the door.
Come enjoy the art, sample hors d'oeuvres, sip on wine and have a great time!
SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT: JAZ DAVIS & JAMIE RIGGS

JAZ DAVIS - HOME DEPOT

In January, Jaz was hired by Home Depot as a part-time Lot Associate. His job duties include keeping the parking lot clear of carts, assisting customers with loading purchases into their vehicles, and assisting customers throughout the store as needed. Jaz says, "I like working with other people around my age, as well as all of the other nice people. I've learned how to work with others, and how to be more patient." Anna Morris, one of the Associate Managers said, "Jaz does a good job on focusing on safety, which is key for our store. So we appreciate him taking care of himself while he's working." Jaz has even been featured on their Safety Board for paying great attention to safety on the job. Way to go, Jaz! We are so proud of all you have accomplished in just a few short months. 

JAMIE RIGGS - ORIGINAL PANCAKE HOUSE

In mid-April, Jamie Riggs was hired by The Original Pancake House in Champaign, IL, a favorite breakfast spot for many locals. Her job at The Original Pancake House includes sorting and rolling silverware to keep the busy restaurant stocked and the high volume of customers happy. Jamie brings a lot of dedication to her role at The Original Pancake House, and we're looking forward to our next meal there. Congratulations, Jamie!
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

CO-OP CLUBS: WII CLUB

CO-OP CLUBS

This month we would like to highlight one of the co-op clubs that is happening through Community Choices! Daniel Krein organizes and hosts a monthly Wii Club at his house, where a lot of fun is had hanging out and playing video games together.  To get the club started, Daniel invited a few CC members to meet with his family and CC staff to discuss details, including what might help each person feel comfortable and how scheduling could work. Travis Stearns, Abbey Hall, and Amrei Hubler all committed to joining the co-op club. Members of the Wii club have a great time playing new and old games together, all mentioning that either Wii Bowling or Wii Dance are at the top of their favorites list.

Daniel plans the club schedule with some minimal support from CC staff.  Near the end of each month, Daniel meets with Hannah to create a Doodle poll with possible club dates for the next month.  He then emails the poll to Travis, Abbey and Amrei, who each completes the poll with the dates they're available, and the club schedules their next get-together. The Wii club met in March and April, and plans to continue through the summer!  

Co-op clubs are small groups of members that pursue a shared interest together. Clubs can create their own activities or join something that's already happening in the community. CC does not staff co-op club events, but works with members during the formation and beginning stages of the club.

COOKING

Community Choices recently completed a Cooking Class featuring chicken, where we focused on how to cook and prepare it in a variety of ways.  Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt, our intern from the U of I Psychology Department, led the class alongside Special Education student Becky Lastres. Over the course of four weeks, class participants cooked chicken in the skillet, in the oven, in a casserole, and even on skewers! We'd like to send a special shout-out to the Unitarian Universalist Church for hosting us. We hope to offer this class again soon!

OPEN CHAMPAIGN PHOTOBOMB BOOTH

We recently held another Open Champaign event, part of our community building series. This time, we partnered with C-U Poetry, Big Grove and Sam Logan Photography for the Photobomb Booth. Tiffany Dean, Daniel Krein and Jamie Riggs were part of our team who constructed the booth. Ryan Denniston, Victoria Kramer and Jamie joined members of C-U Poetry to read poems to passersby who were posing for their pictures, with Ryan and Victoria both reading original works. Ryan began writing his during one of the poetry workshops that C-U Poetry held with us in the weeks prior. John Mies was an expert photobomber, sneaking behind the booth and making faces through the windows while Sam Logan was taking the photos of folks as they posed. We had a steady stream of people taking part, and a lot of fun. Check out the article about the event on Smile Politley here: http://smilepolitely.com/culture/community_choices_photobombs_cu/

SPEAK OUT

THANK YOU TO APRIL'S FEATURED SPEAKER:
MARISSA SIERO OF INTELLIWHEELS



http://www.intelliwheels.net/
    
Marissa Siero is Co-Founder and Vice President of Intelliwheels, a company dedicated to innovative wheelchair technology and improving mobility options for wheelchair users. Intelliwheels develops products that help decrease the social, environmental, and physical barriers of a wheelchair. As April's featured speaker at our monthly Speak Out meeting, Marissa spoke about her business and what it means to be an entrepreneur. One of the Intelliwheels products that she discussed was the patent-pending FitGrips, which reduce the strain on people’s hands when using their wheelchair. Many in attendance were intrigued with how she started her business and how Intelliwheels continues to develop products to improve the comfort and performance of wheelchairs. Thank you Marissa for your time and for discussing your business with all of us! 

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT INTELLIWHEELS, VISIT http://www.intelliwheels.net/
THIS MONTH
SOCIAL EVENTS

Thursday 5/5/16 6:00pm-8:00pm First Thursday Dinner at Jupiter’s at the Crossing, 2511 Village Green Place, Champaign, IL 61822 // COST: $15-$25 // MENU: Jupiterspizza.com/crossing/menu

Thursday 5/12/16 7:00pm-8:30pm - Speak Out & Family Meeting at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 2200 South Philo Road, Urbana, IL
COST: Free
TOPICS:Family Meeting: Financial Planning Speak Out: Scrapbooking Party!

Sunday 5/22/16 12:30-2:30pm - Spring Family Potluck in the Park at Hessel Park North Pavilion, 1401 Grandview Drive, Champaign, IL 61820
DETAILS: Community Choices will be providing hotdogs, buns, and drinks. Bring a side dish or dessert to share!

Tuesday 5/31/16 11:30am-1pm - Lunch Club @ the Lunchtime Food Truck Rally Series at the Urbana Civic Center 108 E Water St. Urbana
COST: $10-$15
DETAILS: Select lunch items from your favorite food trucks or try something new! Indoor and outdoor seating is available, as well as music and entertainment. Visit Urbanaillinois.us/foodtruck_rally online for more information.

For more details, please click here to download the full May Social Calendar. 
**RSVPs are required for social events. To RSVP, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at hannah.communitychoices@gmail.com, or 271-621-1090.
We'd like to acknowledge the latest LEAP-certified employers: Volition, Stephens Family YMCA, Pepsi Cola (Champaign), Peter Pan Too, Schnucks (Savoy), Clark Lindsey Village and County Market (Kirby & Duncun). These area businesses are demonstrating their commitment to equality and inclusive practices. Conrgatulations on becoming LEAP certified!






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