Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spread the Word to End the Word

Many of you who are reading this already know how hurtful the R-Word can be for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I imagine that if you know someone with an intellectual or developmental disability, you probably don't use the word in your regular speech.  If you have already chosen to take the R-Word out of your vocabulary, or if you want to do that starting now, please visit the End the R-Word website to sign a pledge.  

Many of us have a story to tell about how the R-Word has been hurtful to them, and to others that they care about.  The video below is of a high-school senior named Soeren Palumbo, who has a sister with a developmental disability.

Even if you have already pledged to not use the R-Word yourself, I encourage you to make the additional pledge to call out others around you when they use the word.  Let them know how painful the word can be to others, and encourage them to use a different word next time.  Together we can erase the R-Word and help our community become more respectful of others.

To celebrate this effort, Innovations will be hosting an End the R-Word event.  We encourage everyone to attend, and bring artwork to share that emphasizes the new R-Word: RESPECT.  The event will be held on Thursday, March 27th from 1pm-3pm at our main offices at 1665 Coal Creek Drive, in Lafayette, Colorado.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Santa Fe Construction Update

We are continuing to make solid progress on our new Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield.  Our project is starting to look like a home!  Check out the photos below to see for yourself.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Congratulations, Isaac!

Every year, Alliance (a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Service Provider Organizations (SPOs) holds an event for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day.  Yesterday, Alliance celebrated and honored some of the Direct Support Professionals that have helped make a positive impact in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  This year, one of the five finalists for this prestigious award was one of our own Innovations employees, Isaac Marin!

Isaac is the Residential Assistant Site Supervisor for the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont, and has been a Direct Support Professional with Imagine! since 2008.  In his tenure at Innovations, Isaac has demonstrated time and again his dedication to supporting others, even giving up his own time and interests to selflessly help meet the needs of the people we serve.  Please read the post on Imagine! CEO Mark Emery's blog detailing some of Isaac's accomplishments (click here to link to that post).  Congratulations, Isaac, on this well-deserved honor!

When you see Issac, please congratulate him on his excellent work with Innovations!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Imagine!'s Annual Community Forum

Do you have questions about how State funding for intellectual and developmental disabilities is impacting our community?  Do you have input into how Imagine! should be addressing these challenges?  If so, then this is the event for you!

Imagine! will be hosting its Annual Community Forum on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 PM, in the John M. Taylor Conference Center, located at 1665 Coal Creek Dr. in Lafayette, CO.

Representatives from Imagine!’s staff and Board of Directors will be on hand to answer questions and receive input from families and local community members. Join us in person or online! Topics to be discussed include:
  • The State of the State 
  • Governor Hickenlooper’s Budget Proposal 
  • Community Capacity Issues 
  • Imagine!’s New Home for Seniors in Broomfield 

To attend in person: 
R.S.V.P. @ (303) 665-7789

To attend online: 

To email your questions/comments in advance: 

Please share with anyone you think may be interested in attending!