Having a disability does not mean that one isn’t capable of doing amazing things. Here are some smiles from some of our consumers. Their spirit really shines though in these pictures.
As March winds down, it is important that we stay aware and educated about various disabilities. It is even more important to spot abilities and spread positivity.
Krysi Griffey has worked in various positions from a DSP to Team Lead to currently heading up our Quality Assurance office! Krysi just attended a Mandt Training to help train our staff on proactive measures when working with client behaviors (Thanks to Donaldson for the grant)!
Krysi has done a beautiful job of juggling the transition into her new position while training her replacement. Thank you for all you do for our consumers, Krysi!
The Donaldson Foundation website states, “Our mission is to positively impact the communities in which Donaldson Company employees live and work by supporting education.”
CDC Resources was awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Donaldson Foundation to support staff training upgrades. Improving our training room, staff training and materials, will in turn improve staff retention and performance. Currently CDC’s staff turnover rate aligns with the national average of 45% and sometimes lower.
CDC has a Quality Assurance Team and with this grant money, we were able to send them to a training program that uses the Mandt System in Michigan this week. The Mandt System is highly regarded thus the training sessions are quite expensive. The program focuses on improving care for consumers by preventing and deescalating situations.
Krissy Griffey, Quality Assurance Specialist and Tabatha Foresta, QIDP attended. Griffey stated “It was a lot of information that will help staff better handle our consumers with physical behaviors. The training provided us with a lot of tools to help create a relationship with the client that will later help us during one of those behaviors.”
CDC will now have 4 staff members trained, 2 at the Monticello location and 2 at the Rensselaer location to ensure both branches have trainers. The Donaldson Grant is directly responsible for the ability for our staff to learn new techniques that will benefit our consumers. Staff members,
Also with the funding, CDC will be able to improve our training rooms to bring them into the 21st century. We will be able to replace equipment and remodel the rooms in both the Monticello corporate office and the Rensselaer branch. The new technology will help to improve the on-boarding process, where each new employee must attend three types of training.
We at CDC would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Donaldson Foundation for their generous contribution towards our goal. We are always grateful to our community for their continued support.
With an estimate of close to 4″ of rain dumped in the matter of a couple days, many counties that CDC serves is seeing the effects. Rensselaer Day Services has had to be closed due to high water and flooding at that branch. Maintenance Manager Randy Robbins took these pictures that capture the gravity of just how much rain fell. Robbins and Paige Epley, a SLS North Lead, worked hard to move all of CDC’s vehicles out of the flooded parking lot this week.
Emergency Crews have been working around the clock to help rescue residents along the Tippecanoe River, especially around Horseshoe Bend, Tecumseh Bend according to the Herald Journal. With more rainfall in the forecast tonight and tomorrow, residents could be out of their homes through the weekend.
If you are in need of assistance, please start by dialing 2-1-1 for information and resources. The Red Cross is offering safe lodging at the Brandywine Conference Center in Monticello, IN.
CDC Thrift Store is offering clothing assistance to those who are in need, as well.