Patty Arnold, of the Portage News, spent some time at Its All Fine in Ravenna and with the individuals who work there – her observations were documented in this article:
Thank you Patty for another fine article, we appreciate your interest in our programs. If any of our readers have questions about either of our stores please contact us at (330)392-6006 and ask for Winnie or visit our website at www.itsallfine.com .Read More
All it takes is one person to make a difference in the life of someone with developmental disabilities. Are you that person that can teach, encourage, and motivate individuals to become the best that they can be? If so you might be just the person we are looking for to fill our Direct Service Professional openings. We provide all training including an introduction to the field of developmental disabilities; skill development; behavioral intervention; CPR/FA; medication administration; and more. Applicants must have a HS Diploma or GED, valid driver license, reliable transportation, automobile insurance, be drug free, and have a strong work ethic. We fingerprint all new hires as per State Department of Developmental Disability rules. For information or an application please call Leeda Northeast, Inc. in Trumbull County at (330) 392-6006. Call (330)325-1560 in Portage County, and call (440)964-3167 in Ashtabula County. We also provide services in Mahoning County, if interested call Trumbull County. We have an application that you can download from this site: just click on “employment” at the bottom of the page.
Most positions are part-time at first with full-time vacancies posted internally. We offer sick time, paid mileage, and a 401K to part-time employees along with flexible schedules. We also have some sleep sites available, primarily in Portage County. Full-time employees are offered the same along with vacation time and health benefits.Read More
March 15th, 2014 was a very busy day for the many people who participated in and supported the Trips Ahoy Foundation Chili Cook Off and Disability Awareness event at the LNE Rec Center. Over 15 people entered the competition with a range of chili recipes from mild to hot and spicy with proteins varying from beef to venison and chicken. Thank you to our illustrious judges: Edward Stark, John Danes, and Paul Rickens…..they tried all of the recipes to come up with their favorite, which was made by the “Red Hot Chili Preppers” – Christy Rill and Kathy Morris. These fine ladies donated their $120 winnings back to Trips Ahoy, which is very much appreciated. The winner of the “People’s Choice” award, voted on by everyone who attended the cook off was Jason Freeman. As you can see from the picture he was beaming with pride. This is the first cooking competition that Jason has entered and he was very pleased that he won.
The silent auction received a lot of attention from folks in attendance – we had 10 items that were donated by LNE office staff, Trips Ahoy, and friends of Trips Ahoy – thank you very much for your support. It was funny to watch some people who stayed right by the item they were interested in, making it difficult for others to bid. It paid off for Misty who won the Avon Gift Bag she wanted so desperately. I hope that Paul won lots of money on the lottery tickets that he bid on successfully. I also hope that Stevie enjoys watching TV and movies on her brand new 32″ flat screen TV. Thank you to everyone who donated and to every one who bid on the items. The funds raised will be used by Trips Ahoy to fund leisure and recreational activities along with vacations for people with disabilities. These are events that everyone looks forward to.
We also had an opportunity to learn about the abilities of people with disabilities, specifically their ability to work in the community. The Fairhaven Program provided a display along with one by Leeda Northeast, Inc., with pamphlets and flyers highlighting the many services and supports that are available for people with developmental disabilities. The focus has certainly changed over the years with a shift from being employed in a “sheltered” workshop to placement in community jobs. With the over all unemployment rate as high as it is, it is difficult for just about anyone to find a job, and even more of a challenge when one has disabilities. Organizations like the Trumbull County Board and Leeda Northeast, Inc have developed programs to work with individuals to build on their strengths and teach them skills that translate well to job placement. We also provide ongoing supports to the companies that are willing to employ people who have disabilities and have seen these partnerships blossom over the recent past. If anyone is interested in obtaining additional information please contact Megan Sweeney at (330)392-6006.
Again, thank you to everyone who helped to plan and run this event; thank you to all of the cooks for preparing some great chili; thank you to all those who donated items for the silent auction; thank you to those who bid on the items; and special thanks to everyone who attended to support the Trips Ahoy Foundation, you are all very much appreciated.Read More
This picture was taken during a trip to Hocking Hills sponsored by Trips Ahoy. Click on this link to hear more about the steps Trips Ahoy takes to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities: http://portagenews.net/
For additional information contact Megan Sweeney at (330)392-6006 or MeganSlne@gmail.com
“Ability at Work” is the theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2014. Leeda Northeast, Trips Ahoy Foundation and other related organizations celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March and invite you to consider the true meaning of this year’s theme, “Ability at Work!”
Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities are planning special events in March to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Ability at Work” encourages people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools, everyone wins. This is a time when our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve.
“During ‘Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, we encourage people to learn more about the people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live.
Leeda Northeast and Trips Ahoy Foundation will kick off its recognition of March as DD Awareness Month with a Chili Cook Off. The Chili Cook Off will be March 15, 2014 at It’s All Fine, 3581 Youngstown Rd., Warren, OH. Explore the opportunities of employing individuals with disabilities while supporting the Trips Ahoy Foundation. (Trips Ahoy is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation working towards enriching the lives of those with disabilities.) During March, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, get acquainted with someone who has a developmental disability. You’ll learn that everyone has something to offer and that when we are all together our communities are stronger, we accomplish more, and everyone wins!
For additional information concerning the Chili Cook Off, or if you would like to enter in order to win a cash prize, contact Cathy Brooks at Cathybrookslne@gmail.com or call her at (330)392-6006. Additional information is available on http://www.leedanortheast.comRead More Read More