NCCH's BIG Family Picnic
“You should see my little Sis/She really knows how to rock/She knows how to twist!” crooned Chubby Checker, while people of all shapes, sizes, and abilities showed him that his sister wasn’t the only one who knew how to dance, how to twist. Had she been around, she would have found herself just as welcome by the staff of North Coast Community Homes (NCCH) as any one of the 150 or so residents with disabilities that made it out to the annual picnic.
On August 20, 2017 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm NCCH held their annual picnic for their residents with disabilities who live in the homes the organization owns and manages. With the residents, another hundred or so care providers were in attendance. Many of them found themselves having just as much fun as the residents. And it’s no surprise.
The day was warm. The sun was bright. The pavilion at St. Sava Picnic Grounds provided some cool shade. The staff at NCCH had been there since about 9:00 am setting up. They laid out white paper table coverings.
“Next year we need more markers.” said Shannon Hill, receptionist and financial assistant for NCCH. She wanted to make sure that people could express themselves on the tables, while they waited to eat or after as they were relaxing, talking, or taking a break from the activities.
Hill is all about the details, which is why she was instrumental in making the event happen. But for her the greatest detail is ensuring the residents are taken care of and enjoy themselves.
“A lot of them [the residents] don’t have family. And I want this to be like Christmas for them.” said Hill. “I want their favorite things – dancing, food, face painting, activities. It’s a day all about them.”
NCCH Golf – A “Great Day”
“This has really been a great day!” That’s how North Coast Community Homes’ 22nd Annual golf outing was summed up by one of the nearly 100 players who took part on Monday, July 17 at the Sand Ridge Club in Chardon. From the first golfer to register in the morning, to the last to head home at the conclusion of the day’s activities, all were treated to a first class experience while supporting the mission of NCCH with more than $100,000 raised.
Twenty-three teams took part in the friendly competition on one of the finest golf courses in Ohio. Our thanks go to Tournament Underwriter, the Wrap-Tite Company headed by NCCH Trustee Suresh Bafna, and to Major Donors Sherwin-Williams and Moen Corp. North Coast Community Homes is also grateful to the 20 Corporate sponsors whose generosity helped to make the event a success.
NCCH & Bike the US for MS Partner to Build Memories, Home Improvements
On June 14, 2017 volunteers and cyclists from Bike the US for MS, a fund raising group dedicated to raising money and awareness for the treatment and cure of Multiple Sclerosis, took a break from their 4,295 mile journey from Bar Harbor, ME to Seattle, WA. They stopped by one of our NCCH homes to help out with some home improvements & yard work to beautify the property where the great ladies with MS live.
"It makes me feel good inside. You see so much negativity on the news & it's great to be looking out the window & seeing all these people helping."
North Coast Featured in Magazine
North Coast Accessible Homes is featured in a full page article in Mimi Magazine, distributed to tens of thousands of homes across Northeast Ohio.
Stories of our ability to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent in their own homes are already generating calls from those interested in Accessibility Modifications.
Please, share the article with someone you know who wants to stay in their own home as long as they can!
Our NCCH Annual Golf Tournament is two months away!
On Monday, July 17, dozens of foursomes will gather at Sand Ridge for one of the finest outings in all of NE Ohio – all to support the mission of North Coast Community Homes. There is still time to register and join the growing list of Corporate Sponsors who have our sincere thanks!
Corporate Underwriter – Wrap-Tite Company
Major Donor – Moen Corp.
Corporate Foursomes – Chemical Solvents, Inc., CPI-HR, Juniper CRE, Mansour Gavin LPA, Oatey Corp., The O’Brien Law Firm LLC, Signum, Inc., Swagelok Corp.
Corporate Twosomes – Huntington Bank
Platinum Sponsor – Ciuni & Panichi
Gold Sponsors – Medical Mutual
Silver Sponsors – Glass Doctor, Gillmore Security, Humbert Sanitary, RKS Cleaning
Hole-in-One Sponsors – Ogden Post Consulting, Kilgore Trout, Scheidt Financial Services, Paul Blumberg/Howard Hanna
NCCH Resident Honored by County
A North Coast Community Homes resident is among 11 individuals honored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Steve Peoples received the “I Make a Difference” award this week at a luncheon ceremony attended by hundreds of guests at Windows on the River in downtown Cleveland.
Steve and his peers are employed in the community through Solutions at Work (S.A.W.), a partner agency of the County Board which supports the hiring of people with developmental disabilities. In presenting the award to Steve, CCBDD Superintendent Kelly Petty had high praise.
A Death in Our Family
Our North Coast Community Homes family had the sad occasion to say goodbye to one of our own recently, as long time resident Robert "Bobby" Jeppe died at the age of 47. Robert lived in one of our homes in Bay Village, and had been with us more than 23 years. On his application to become an NCCH resident in the early 1990's, Robert had indicated his desire to "be more independent," and that is just what he found as a member of our family.
At the memorial service at Robert's home, his mother Mabel said of North Coast Community Homes, "You gave him a chance at life. Robert made a life for himself on his own, and you were a big part of that. I'd say it was a miracle." His sister, Diana Janosik, felt the same way. "North Coast was a big part of his independence," she said, "and our family is grateful."
Friends and caregivers joined family members at the service, where Robert's love of Cleveland sports, especially the Cavs and Browns, was recalled. "Every time the Cavs won he got really excited," Robert's housemate Laverne told the gathering. Robert, who used a wheelchair, attended one of the Cavs games in the Eastern Conference Finals during their 2016 championship season.
His direct care providers from Our Lady of the Wayside and the hospice team which helped care for Robert in his final days agreed "there was just something about that man." Here at North Coast Community Homes, it was our honor to have played a role in Robert's quest for independence and fulfillment. Thanks to his own efforts and the help of many people, it appears he achieved it. May he rest in peace.
"In my home, I can make my own decisions."
North Coast Community Homes has provided solutions to many families over 30 years, and that is what gave confidence to Michele Humphrey, when caring for her brother became too physically demanding. “My Mom was introduced to North Coast, and that was one of the best things that happened.”
She clearly remembers the day many years ago her brother, Raynelle Teague, became an NCCH resident on the West Side. “Now he has independence,” Humphrey confirms, “living where he’s able to make decisions. He is able to do things through North Coast again that he was not able to do at home.” Raynelle flashes his agreement with a broad smile and an easy laugh.
“Sometimes I get a little jealous and envious of Ray,” his sister admits, “because he gets to experience life on a whole new level. My family has peace. We know he is in good hands and is happy.”