monthly newsletter  //  january 2017



In Loving Memory...

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that our friend and Community Choices member, David Zoll, recently passed away. David's enthusiasm for learning, dry sense of humor, and devotion to family are just a few of the many reasons it was great spending time with him.  In recent months, David became more involved in Open Champaign and First Thursday Dinners, as well as attending the Community Choices' Chili Cook-Off and walking at Homer Lake.

As previously planned for this month's newsletter, Community Choices hoped to highlight David for his recent completion of a community lifelong learning course through OLLI.  If you have not heard of it, OLLI stands for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and is located in downtown Champaign.  OLLI is a member-driven community that offers learning opportunities to individuals over 50 on a variety of topics. David got connected to OLLI through Annie Bruno, our Community Support Specialist, and began attending a course about The Pacific War.  Every Tuesday from September through November, David went to class to seek out information, talk to his professor, and contribute to the class discussion.  

He enjoyed the course so much that David was planning to sign up for a course next Spring about Germany's Civil War.

Community Choices is so proud of David's involvement in our community and are deeply saddened by his loss.  Rest in peace, David.
A few more words about David:

David Zoll was the first friend I made when I moved to Champaign over two years ago. He hired me as his personal support worker, and we quickly developed a connection that continued to grow even after I stopped working for him and joined the staff of Community Choices. In our time together, we talked life, love, baseball, movies, name it. 

It was clear to anyone who knew him that David cared about people. He cared deeply about his family, friends, and just about everyone he met. Genuinely interested, he'd always ask how my mom was doing, and how I was holding up during some particularly tough times. For me, he was a comforting presence. He talked about his family with heart and soul, plus the occasional wisecrack. He loved them so much.

David and I took road trips to watch the Cardinals play in St. Louis, and to Cairo, IL to check out the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers (we spent time in four different states that trip). In the car, we often did one of our favorite things: we made up character voices and improvised fake movies. No matter where our "movie" started, there would always be a point where David would steer the story to a courtroom, and eventually a jail. I'm pretty sure this came from his appreciation of classic comedy routines, as it was a setup for some great lines. I'll always smile and laugh when I hear his voice in my head saying "Tell it to the juuuudge!" The man had such a great spirit, and I miss him dearly. I am so grateful to know him and his family, wonderful people who loved David deeply. Please take a moment to send your kind thoughts/prayers their way. 

We love you us some seats. 

-Eric Enger


We would like to sincerely thank Vicki and Marc Niswander for hosting the annual Community Choices Holiday Party! We had a great turnout this year with over 35 attendees, many delicious appetizers and more desserts than all of us could manage to eat! Particularly exciting were the many new members that were present. By hosting this event, Vicki and Marc were able to create a welcoming and fun venue for some of our longest members to connect with those just joining our organization. Good food and good conversation – the best way to build relationships and community!
Thank you also to Margaret, Richard, and Angela Bronson who volunteered to give several other members rides, so they too could enjoy the party! 


We are so grateful to the many of you who donated to our Annual Donation Campaign! We know that monetary gifts are just one way that people can contribute to our cooperative, but it is critical to the continued operation of our organization. Whether small or large, each donation helps to support people with disabilities and the important impacts that we help them to make on the world!

You can view and download our Annual Report here: Community Choices Annual Report 2016



First Thursday Dinner @ Red Robin
Community Choices Monthly Meeting
Bowling @ Arrowhead Lanes
CC Trivia Team at Jupiter's at the Crossing

**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.


This month: A look at our collaboration with Developmental Services Center (DSC) on LEAP – our local Employment First Initiative. Learn about the trainings we’ve been doing with local businesses and get a sense of where the state is moving toward this important shift in thinking about employment for people with disabilities! As always,our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

DATE: Thursday, January 12
TIME: 7:00-8:30pm
LOCATION: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Road, Urbana, IL

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