Derby at Baxter Avenue
Derby day at Baxter Avenue included rounds of Derby themed bingo!
Participants enjoying the spring weather
Family Home Provider Toni and participants Sidney and Rebecca are spending time outside enjoying the spring sunshine.
Day Spring participants get vaccinated for COVID-19
As of March 22, all Day Spring staff and participants have had the opportunity to receive the Covid vaccine in full!
Valentine's Day around Day Spring
Participants at Baxter celebrated Valentine's Day by making cards and special valentines for their friends and neighbors!
Day Spring staff get the COVID-19 vaccinated
Our Chief Program Officer, Amy Barnes, got the COVID-19 vaccine. She wants to do everything possible to protect the health of the people Day Springs serves. Day Spring participants and staff are eligible for the vaccine and we are working around the clock getting vaccine appointments scheduled.
Celebrating the Holidays around
Participants at Audubon Ridge, Homes, Brookmoor, the Men and Women's houses, and Baxter Avenue apartments, all got into the holiday spirit by decorating their Christmas trees.
Thanksgiving at Day Spring
Showing off an #attitudeofgratitude! During the Thanksgiving holiday, each participant had the opportunity to fill out paper leaves with things they are thankful for to put on “gratitude trees.”
Celebrating Pumpkin Palooza!
Thank you to Mulberry Orchard for donating pumpkins! Each of our participants were able to pick their own pumpkin to decorate!
College for Living student featured on Spectrum News
Zachary Kalley, a student at the College for Living, has continued working at UPS as an essential worker. His story was featured on Spectrum News, check it out here!
Happy Direct Support
Thank you to all our Direct Support Professionals. This week, September 13-19 we are celebrating them, their hearts, and the work they do to support people with disabilities. Thank you DSPs!
Birthdays during quarantine
Even though staff and participants are quarantined, they are still celebrating birthdays with cake, singing, and presents! The celebrations look a little different since families and friends can't visit yet, and we can't wait until we can all celebrate together!
Day Spring received a generous donation of 500 masks that will help keep our participants and staff safe!
David Virgin, owner of Smith & Logsdon Inc. has shifted a portion of production capacity from making air filters to making masks when the pandemic hit. Eric and Dawn Fox (owners of Fox Insurance & Investments which is under the umbrellas of Erie Insurance) reached out to David to see how they personally, along with their insurance company could make a donation to help him get the masks to front-line providers, like Day Spring, who so desperately need masks.
We're thankful to David, Eric and Dawn for this incredible donation!
Day Spring Superheroes
Our participants and staff truly are superheroes! Thank you for all your hard work and sacrifices. We're still staying strong and being healthy at home! To recognize Day Spring's superheroes, the staff and participants, signs have been placed outside many of our homes to show support and gratitude.
College for Living classes look a little different
Students at the College for Living are social distancing while still learning together. Students sit at least six feet apart during classes to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Participants and Staff get creative amid Corona concerns
Like the rest of our community, COVID-19 has impacted Day Spring in almost every way possible. Our participants have been unable to volunteer, work, attend day programs, or receive Community Access services. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our staff’s commitment to making sure our participants stay positive, busy, and safe until normal life returns. We applaud the creativity of our staff and participants. Participants and staff have enjoyed painting, making sock puppets, playing with kinetic sand, coloring, and working out with exercise tapes.
Virtual Breakfast Recap
Even though the Empower Breakfast was a virtual event this year, it was still a great success! We’re so thankful to all those who so generously donated, and we’re so excited we had the opportunity to introduce you to so many wonderful stories. If you didn’t get the opportunity to join us virtually, take a moment to get to know a little more about the incredible people that make Day Spring so special. Click here to see the full stories of those featured at the Empower Breakfast.
Jack Gollar graduated from the College for Living March 12, 2020. Jack moved into the men’s house at Day Spring in 1994 and moved into his own apartment at Woods on the Illinois campus as soon as construction was finished. Jack also retired from Kroger’s on Goss Avenue. Participants celebrated Jack at his graduation party. The festivities included a photo booth with props, gifts, and cake! While we will certainly miss Jack around campus, we’re so excited for him!
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An update from Patrick Magill, Day Spring Board Chairman