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January 27, 2015
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Have you ever wondered what it is like to operate all of the buttons, switches and remotes in your home with one single device? Are you curious to know how robots can increase independence for people with disabilities? Attend the Assistive Technology Open House to get answers to these questions and meet the people who can connect you to these technologies.

ARTI

WHEN: 2:00 - 6:00 PM on Tuesday, March 3

WHERE: Assistive Technology Center, 3rd floor of Easter Seals Crossroads

              4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis IN 46205

Join the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads to tour their new location on the 3rd floor of our building, complete with an updated Assistive Technology Lab. 

You will have the chance to meet ARTI, aka the Assistive Robotics Technology Initiative. ARTI can practice socialization through face and voice recognition and is incredibly engaging. The INDATA Project is exploring ways ARTI can be of assistance to people in need of social interaction skills and educational assistance.

Inside the newly remodeled assistive technology lab you'll find a complete home automation unit, where a few simple buttons are used to control every aspect of the home, such as turning on/off lights, opening doors, setting the thermostat and more. You'll also have a chance to sit in and explore the zero gravity workstation, and get a better understanding of how INDATA is using these tools in Indiana for people with educational, employment or independent living goals.

No RSVP is required, but if you have questions or accommodations to request, contact Nikol Prieto at 317-466-1000 or nprieto@eastersealscrossroads.org

January 15, 2015
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It may seem like the new year just started, but Valentine's Day is right around the corner and the Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis is ready to take your orders for red roses.

Rose Sale Photo

For the past six years, the Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis club has coordinated a Valentine's Day rose sale fundraiser in which all proceeds after expenses are donated to Easter Seals Crossroads. This event raises awareness for services related to speech and hearing programs as well as Sertoma, a membership organization with a mission to help communities and nonprofits through volunteering and fundraising.

High quality florist's red roses are available at great prices:

Boxed fresh long stemmed roses in individual water tubes with baby's breath, leather leaf and a card - $45.00

1/2 dozen roses in a vase with baby's breath and leather leaf - $28.00

3 roses in a vase with baby's breath and leather leaf - $15.00

Delivery is available for $10.00 or free with orders of 5 or more. 

TO ORDER: Call Pat Schafer at (317) 289-8201 or email pschafer7868@gmail.com or info@sertomaindy.org. Limited quantities are available, so place your order today!

PICK UPS: will be available at Easter Seals Crossroads on Friday, February 13th from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM and on Saturday, February 14th from 8:00 AM to noon. Please specify which date you would like to pick them up when placing your order.

VOLUNTEERS: Without the many hands of volunteers, we would not be able to prep the roses for their boxes and vases. Volunteers are needed to assist with cutting roses and placing them in water tubes, styling vases and boxed roses, trimming baby's breath and leather leaf and more. Join us Thursday, February 12 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Easter Seals Crossroads or anytime between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Friday, February 13. Contact Tessa Barnard at tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org or call 317-466-1000.

January 12, 2015
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2015 is proving to be an exciting year for Easter Seals Crossroads and we want you to join in on the fun with us! Review the latest volunteer opportunities listed below and contact Tessa Barnard at tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org or 317-466-1000 if you are interested in participating. 

Volunteers at Parents' Night Out

New Year, New Volunteer Opportunities

Search Engine Optimization for Crossroads Document Services

Crossroads Document Services, a division of Easter Seals Crossroads, (located at Crossroads Industrial Services, 8302 E. 33rd Street, Indianapolis) is seeking a volunteer to help develop an e-marketing campaign. The focus would be on search engine optimization (SEO) in order to raise our profile in internet searches for document scanning services in Indiana. This is an extremely flexible opportunity for someone who is internet and computer savvy.

Meals on Wheels Delivery Partnership

Donate your lunch break by joining Meals On Wheels to deliver lunches for our Adult Day consumers from Eskenazi Hospital (720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202) to Easter Seals Crossroads. This new partnership allows our consumers to receive hot meals Mondays through Fridays with your help. We will need one driver each weekday to pick up the meals and bring them to our 4740 Kingsway Drive location. Volunteers are required to attend one 40 minute volunteer training (flexible schedule) provided by Meals On Wheels at Easter Seals Crossroads. 

Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis' Valentine's Day Rose Sale

Volunteers are needed on Thursday, February 12, from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Easter Seals Crossroads to assist the Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis while they prepare roses for the 2015 Rose Sale benefiting Easter Seals Crossroads. Volunteers will remove bottom thorns from roses, fill water tubes, and insert stems into water tubes along with style vases and boxed roses and trim baby's breath and leather leaf. Additional volunteers are needed anytime between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Friday, February 13 at Easter Seals Crossroads.

Provide Child Care During Parents' Night Out

We are looking for volunteers to assist the staff of Parents' Night Out, which provides respite care for family members and primary caregivers of children with special needs ages six months to twelve years old. Respite care enhances personal and family health by providing necessary physical care and recreational activities to the children while offering parents and caregivers a well-deserved break. Parents' Night Out takes place at Easter Seals Crossroads every Friday night. Volunteers report at 5:30 pm with dinner provided and the children are there from 6 pm - 10 pm.

Getting More Involved

Are you interested in joining a voluntary organization that directly benefits Easter Seals Crossroads? Check out these two great options!

Crossroads Guild

Guild LogoThe Crossroads Guild was organized in 1955 to partner with Easter Seals Crossroads to help the children served reach their full potential, and to enrich and make a difference in their lives with compassion and respect for differences in abilities through volunteer service, staff support, promotion of Crossroads' values and services, the education and socialization of Guild members, and fundraising. Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of every month at Easter Seals Crossroads or a point of interest that is determined annual. Often these meetings are held in conjunction with an interesting topic that may include a trip to another location and/or a speaker, along with a luncheon. The Crossroads Guild hosts an annual Family Fun Day, creates crafts to sell as a fundraiser at the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show, and volunteers at CampAbility, a summer day-camp for children at Easter Seals Crossroads. Please contact us for more information about the Guild, who invite you to have a heart, lend a hand, help a child!

Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis

Sertoma Indy LogoHeadquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Sertoma is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to meeting the needs of communities through volunteer service. Annually, Sertomans raise more than $20 million dollars for local community service projects throughout North America. Dedicated to “SERviceTO MAnkind,” the North Downtown Indianapolis club annually supports several local organizations and programs through volunteer and fundraising efforts. Easter Seals Crossroads is the primary charitable organization and is supported through an annual Valentine’s Day rose sale, Indianapolis Indians and Indiana Pacers fundraisers, volunteerism through their special events and more. Through weekly meetings and working together with others interested in helping the community, friendships and networking opportunities develop and flourish. Lunch meetings are held every Thursday at 12 noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at the corner of North and Meridian Street; lunch is included.

If you are interested in learning more about Sertoma and how you can get involved, visit their website or contact Carlos Simpson at info@sertomaindy.org.

December 8, 2014
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Red Nose Run, Snowman Stomp and Frostbite 5K are just a few of the fun runs happening in and around Indianapolis this December, and we would like for you to be there as a Crossroads Champion!

Crossroads Champions are individuals, families or teams who have an interest in running local races for a great cause. Easter Seals Crossroads will pay the registration fee for the race you are running if you raise a certain level of donations through an online fundraising page.

Here's how it works

1) To participate, runners sign up on FirstGiving, an online fundraising platform, to create a profile. Upload an image of yourself or your team of runners and write a short bio that explains why you are running as a Crossroads Champion.

2) Contact Sara Croft, Events Manager, at 317-466-2002 or scroft@eastersealscrossroads.org to discuss which event you are running. A goal for donations will be set based on the cost of registration to the event. 

3) Ask your friends and family to donate to Easter Seals Crossroads through your online fundraising page. If you reach your goal, we will pay your registration fee and offer you cool perks such as an Easter Seals Crossroads t-shirt, access to special events and more.

That's it! Crossroads Champions can participate in fun runs, races and events throughout the year. Last year, 6 people raised almost $4,000 through the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon by creating a FirstGiving page and running on behalf of Easter Seals Crossroads. Imagine what we could do with your support!

Glo Run Runners

December 5, 2014
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Are you familiar with assistive technology? There are many different types of devices and software to aid people in becoming more independent, but where should you start? The INDATA Project is presenting Assistive Technology 101 for anyone interested in learning the basics. Topics discussed include assistive technology for vision, physical and learning impairments conducted by the clinical assistive technology staff at Easter Seals Crossroads. In addition to the devices, INDATA and the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services group will offer guidance on funding.

WHAT: Assistive Technology 101

WHERE: Easter Seals Crossroads 5th Floor Conference Room

WHEN: Friday, January 23, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Lunch is provided)

Who should attend: Anyone interested in learning the basics of Assistive Technology. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors who are new to the field or need a refresher on Assistive Technology, social workers, parents, educators, students, professionals and health care providers can benefit from training content.

Visit the Eventbrite page to register and view the agenda at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/assistive-technology-101-tickets-14475214757.

Assistive Technology 101 Training

December 4, 2014
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In December 2013, Health by Design partnered with the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities to conduct “Livability and Mobility” workshops that demonstrate different ways the public can get involved mobility projects and partner with groups to make their communities more “livable.” They encourage individuals with disabilities, older adults, family members, advocates, elected officials, and anyone who is interested in enhancing mobility in their communities to attend this workshop. The goal is to engage individuals in the disability community in advocacy efforts around transportation choice and neighborhood design for an ongoing basis. The workshop will serve as a platform for discussion, activities and action planning, where participants learn practical skills for promoting transportation options and shaping public policy where they live.

WHAT: Livability and Mobility in Your Community Workshop presented by Indiana Governor's Council for People with Disabilities, Indiana Citizens Alliance for Transit and Health By Design

WHERE: Janus Developmental Services, Inc., 1555 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, Indiana 46062 (Transportation Services Available)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10 AM – 1 PM

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The workshop is designed to engage people with disabilities, and the agencies that represent them, in the transportation planning process.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please register online
by 1/5 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HamiltonCo_Registration. Please contact Addison Pollock with any additional questions or comments at apollock@acsm.org or 317-352-3817.

Man in Wheelchair Getting Into Driver Side Vehicle

 

December 1, 2014
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Easter Seals Crossroads has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Taking place on Tuesday, December 2 - the Tuesday after Thanksgiving - #GivingTuesday will harness the power of social media to create a national moment around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are, today, synonymous with holiday shopping.

This year, Easter Seals Crossroads asks that you consider one of the following options to help us make a difference in central Indiana. During our last fiscal year, we were proud to recognize the abilities of over 5,700 children and adults with disabilities, special needs and challenges thanks to your support.

How you can make a difference

1. Volunteer - During the last fiscal year, our volunteers served 10,709 hours with us, resulting in a savings of $230,887.98 to our bottom line. From Friday evening respite care to fixing computers in the INDATA Depot, volunteers are incredibly valuable to our organization. 8 different opportunities are currently listed on our website - contact Tessa Barnard, Volunteer Coordinator, at tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org to learn more about individual and group events. 

2. Purchase a Holiday Ornament - 2014 marks the 25th year for our limited edition, gold-on-brass ornaments with various landmarks of Indianapolis. This year, our ornament highlights the Indianapolis City Market. For only $15.00, this ornament is a holiday gift that gives back this season and can be purchase online at http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/holiday-ornament.

Holiday Ornament

3. Shop on Amazon.com - Easter Seals Crossroads can benefit from every purchase you make at Amazon.com. Next time you make a purchase, visit http://smile.amazon.com and enter Easter Seals Crossroads. Our dba name will appear - Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Inc. - click to select it. Once you are logged in to your Amazon.com account, 0.5 percent of your purchases will be routed to Easter Seals Crossroads.

4. Host an Event - Are you a part of a business, church or school group or service organization looking for a way to give back? Host an event on our behalf such as a car wash, bake sale, bingo night or fun run and donate a portion of the proceeds to Easter Seals Crossroads. Contact Sara Croft at scroft@eastersealscrossroads.org for more details, or simply make a donation after your event is over by mailing a check or making an online payment.

5. Lace Up Those Shoes and Run! - Are you an active runner who enjoys participating in fun runs, 5K's, half or full marathons? Create a fundraising page on FirstGiving, an online platform that makes it easy to solicit and accept donations on our behalf. Individuals who raise a certain amount of money are eligible to receive discounts or free entry to the race they are fundraising with. Contact Sara Croft at scroft@eastersealscrossroads.org to discuss which race you are participating in and what your fundraising goal would be to receive those incentives. 

6. Consider an Online Donation - If you are unable to give your time or lend your creativity through events, consider an online PayPal donation. Easter Seals Crossroads is a sound investment - view our recently released 2014 Annual Report to discover our financials and read the stories of the children and adults we serve. Giving a little can mean a lot:

$50 provides books, DVD's and software materials for our Autism Family Resource Center

$150 provides a physical therapy evaluation for a child

$300 gives a senior in our community a driving assessment

$500 provides six months of enrichment activities for our Adult Day Services

Checks may be mailed to Easter Seals Crossroads, ATTN: Donation, 4740 Kingsway Drive, Indianapolis IN 46205. Online donations can be made through our secure PayPal website here: http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/donate.

7. Give an In-Kind Gift - Many of our programs accept regular in-kind donations. If you are giving the gift of a new computer this year, consider donating the older laptop or desktop to the INDATA Depot. New toys and children's books are always useful for our 2nd floor lobby waiting area. If you are a business owner, we accept donations of gift cards and gift baskets for our annual Bingo Bonanza and Hallow's Eve events. In-kind gifts may be dropped off with our first floor lobby receptionist Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Our ability to deliver much-needed services throughout the year is greatly enhanced by the generous support of like-minded businesses, organizations and individuals. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities, special needs and challenges in central Indiana.

December 1, 2014
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2014 marks the 25th year of our annual holiday ornament fundraising campaign. Since 1990, Easter Seals Crossroads has partnered with an Indianapolis landmark to create a limited edition, gold-on-brass ornament, raising over $10,000 each year to support our mission. This year's ornament pays tribute to the Indianapolis City Market, which opened in 1886 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sold for $15.00, this ornament can be purchased online through PayPal here: http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/holiday-ornament.

Some of our past ornaments have sold out, but we do have limited quantities of various years available for purchase. These ornaments are sold at $10.00 a piece and amounts over $6.50 per ornament are tax deductible by law.

Indiana State Fair Ornament1990- SOLD OUT – Indianapolis Skyline
1991- World’s Largest Christmas Tree
1992- SOLD OUT- Indianapolis Skyline
1993- State Capitol Building
1994- Union Station
1995- Indianapolis Arts Garden
1996- Skyline view from the Canal
1997- Victory Field
1998- Indiana Repertory Theatre
1999- Conseco Fieldhouse
2000- 10th Anniversary Indianapolis Skyline
2001- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2002- Indiana State Museum
2003- Hilbert Circle Theatre
2004- SOLD OUT - Circle of Lights
2005- The Childrens Museum Dentzel Carousel
2006- Indianapolis Zoo
2007- SOLD OUT – RCA Dome
2008- SOLD OUT – Lucas Oil Stadium
2009- L.S. Ayres Cherub
2010- Butler Hinkle Fieldhouse
2011- Indiana War Memorial Victory
2012- Indiana Landmarks Center
2013– Indiana State Fair

Our ornaments make great holiday gifts for your company's employees, your friends and your family. It's the gift that gives back! If you would like to purchase a past ornament, contact Tessa Barnard at 317-466-1000 x2414 or tbarnard@eastersealscrossroads.org.

November 21, 2014
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If you missed the opportunity to hear Silouan at the 2013 Battlemind conference, this is the chance for you to learn more about PTSD and depression. Silouan educates audiences with workshop presentations as he shares details about his personal journey overcoming diversity. Crossroads Veterans Services is proud to present Focus on Veterans: A Military and Veterans Series of Events on December 3 featuring Silouan Green.

Silouan Green was serving as a US Marine when he experienced a tragic jet crash that left him with a host of complications and medical conditions. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, suicidal impulses, and long-term pain left him with a decision: to continue down the same, devastating path, or live free. 

Green decided to build a motorcycle and a guitar, sell off everything he owned and the day he was disability discharged from the US Marines Corps, he took off on a two-year, 30,000 mile trek. He met his wife on that trip and since then has been married for 16 years and now have 8 children.

Silouan has created The Ladder UPP life skills program based on his own recovery and has worked at Walter Reed, with the US Marines, the Army, the National Guard, Willow Creek Community Church and various other groups, organizations and mental health professionals.

"Maybe you know what it’s like to be falling down the rabbit hole with nothing in sight but a black hole. Maybe you are a college student who went to school because that is what you are supposed to do, but you don’t really like what you are studying and you are worried you won’t get all that you want out of life. Maybe you are in a career that provides money and security, but you are unfulfilled and fearful you’ll look back on life someday with regret. Maybe you’ve undergone severe trauma in your life and the pain and fear paralyze you and each day is just a long slow nightmare. Maybe you are muddling through life and you are sick and tired of feeling empty. I want you to live free. I want you to find what I found on the back of a motorcycle – identity, purpose and most of all, passion." - Silouan Green

On Wednesday, December 3 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Silouan Green will present a workshop at Easter Seals Crossroads to share details of his personal journey overcoming diversity. This is a free event but seating is limited. Please RSVP at veteranserivces@eastersealscrossroads.org or call 317.466.1000 x2018. 

November 18, 2014
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Are you receiving or gifting a new tablet or computer to someone his holiday season? If so, have you thought about what to do with the older device that may no longer be needed? The INDATA Depot has a waiting list of individuals with disabilities in Indiana who are in need of refurbished computers. 

Each year, the INDATA Depot refurbishes hundreds of laptop and desktop computers. Each donated computer is cleaned from the inside out by removing any old personal data, adding extra RAM, a recent version of the operating system and other specs as needed. 

Donation computers should have: 2GB of RAM, be no more than five years old, a dual core processor, a minimum hard drive space of 80 GB and have a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW drive. Monitors. keyboards, mice and speakers are not required with the computer donation but encouraged. 

Recipients of the computers are individuals who live in Indiana and have a documented disability. They have applied to receive a computer for school, work or independent living, but many are on a waiting list as the donations do not match the need. 

To donate a computer, contact the INDATA Depot at 317-466-1000. Corporate donations of more than one dozen computers may schedule a time for the Depot to pick them up. 

Depot Holiday Donations