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February 25, 2015
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Becky LohmanToday's post was written by Becky Lohman who has worked at Easter Seals Crossroads for 15 years, mostly in the Employment Division, as a Training Specialist and Benefits Liaison.

I recently celebrated my 15th service anniversary as an employee with Easter Seals Crossroads. Every day at work, I see firsthand the scope of services and feel the impact that our agency provides to adults and children with disabilities and their families. But, the work that we do as an agency was never more evident to me than last year when I was asked to help supervise preparing archived paper files of our consumers for digital imaging. The records would then be scanned and shredded at Crossroads Document Services, a division of Crossroads Industrial Services, whose production facilities are staffed primarily by those with disabilities.

As a computer trainer and IT staff member, I was very happy about “going digital.” It was the next logical step in our effort to become paperless. Most of our departments had already transitioned to using a secure Electronic Medical Records (EMR) database to track current consumer records and staff caseloads. We now would have a system to quickly access these archived records for our consumers, who often return multiple times for help as they progress through life.

So along with my colleague, Crista McIntosh, and six production workers who each had a disability, I quickly learned how best to remove staples from fragile, old computer or typewriter paper; smooth out wrinkled (sometimes coffee-stained!) pages; and keep a sharp eye out for paperclips, Post-it notes, or anything else that could cause a scanner to jam. I soon was wearing funny-looking rubber finger and thumb tips that allowed me to shuffle through thousands of pages a day. I even had to break down and buy a pair of reading glasses!

By the time the project came to an end, over 16,000 consumer records were prepared for the scanning process. As I was working through the last group of files, I took a moment to look around me. Surrounded by hundreds of cardboard file boxes stacked on wood pallets, I was overwhelmed by that swelling of warmth and emotion that you feel inside your heart.

Becky in group CST training room

Every file we had prepped--some with hundreds of pages of notes and reports, others with just a few sheets of documentation--has its own story. One that Easter Seals Crossroads helped to write over the years. These just weren’t pieces of papers stuck inside brown cardboard boxes. I was surrounded by people’s hopes and goals; setbacks and pain; triumphs and struggles; and most important their ABILITY to overcome.

Whether on paper or in digital format, there’s just no way to truly record what Easter Seals Crossroads has done and the chapters we will continue to write with our consumers, their families, and the community!

February 16, 2015
by Sara Croft   |   6 Comments

Grab your bingo daubers and your fun attitudes for Bingo Bonanza on Friday, February 20 at the Northside Knights of Columbus! We are excited to yet again bring 450 people together into one room for an incredible night of food, games and fun.

If you have not attended before, read our Top 10 Reasons to Attend Bingo Bonanza post to get an idea of the atmosphere. 

Easter Seals Crossroads is giving away two tickets to this year's event through the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 21 and will end on Wednesday, February 18 at noon. All giveaway entries must be submitted through the Rafflecopter below to be considered. If you currently have tickets to the event, you cannot exchange the tickets for a refund. If you use assistive technology, please email Sara Croft at scroft@eastersealscrossroads.org saying you would like to enter the contest OR call Sara at 317-466-2002 to enter to win, and tell us what kind of assistive technology you use!

 

Bingo bonanza photo

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

February 11, 2015
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Curtiss Quirin, Chief Operating Officer of Crossroads Industrial Services, has recently been appointed to the SourceAmerica Board of Directors to serve as Easter Seals' National Nonprofit Agency representative.

SourceAmerica (formerly NISH), a national nonprofit, is the leading source of job opportunities for a dedicated and highly qualified workforce – people with significant disabilities. For nonprofit agencies, SourceAmerica provides legislative representation, engineering and technical support, and research and development projects. Their network of over 550 community nonprofit agency partners provides training to people with disabilities, assists them in identifying employment options that most of us take for granted, and then enables them to be successful at work.

Curtiss QuirinMEET Curtiss Quirin:

Curtiss Quirin has been the Chief Operating Officer of Crossroads Industrial Services since 2009 and is an executive with more than 25 years of experience leading many types of operations. During his career at General Motors, Delphi and Stanley he was permitted a wide scope of autonomy in the fields of Manufacturing, Sales & Marketing, Finance and Supply Chain Management. He lived and worked in Europe for four years, bringing a multi cultural experience.

His Lean experience comes from Toyota production training with both Toyota Sensei’s and working at the NUMMI assembly plant. Factories that he managed were suppliers to Toyota, Honda, General Motors, and many aftermarket customers. His Battery plant in Anaheim, California was granted the Toyota Gold Supplier Achievement award three years in a row for 0 defects and 100% on time shipments.

Curtiss was featured in the 2007 Stanley Annual Report for significant improvements achieved as the Director of Operations for their Security Solutions Division.

He has an MBA, is a certified Green Belt Six Sigma problem solver and has published several articles on employee involvement and problem solving. Before joining Easter Seals Crossroads, Curtiss was on the Goodwill-Indy board of directors. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Smart Partners Alliance (Indiana State Use).

ABOUT Crossroads Industrial Services:

Crossroads Industrial Services is a social enterprise. It is the operating division of Easter Seals Crossroads, with a mission to employ people with disabilities and to generate an income used to support programs and services for children and adults.

Crossroads has been in existence since 1939 and competes for commercial manufacturing and distribution opportunities on the basis of quality, cost and delivery. We are ISO 9001, FDA registered, UL approved, and a “prime” contractor to the Department of Defense. Crossroads has been part of the AbilityOne program since 1998 and has successfully completed many AbilityOne contracts. Crossroads achieved QWE “Gold” status in 2013.
 

February 4, 2015
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Bingo Bonanza is one of Easter Seals Crossroads' signature fundraisers thanks to a longstanding partnership with Century21 Scheetz. 2015 will be the 14th year for this event which brings together 450 people in one room for seven games of bingo for fun, food and prizes. Never attended Bingo Bonanza? Here are 10 reasons for why you should attend in 2015:

1. Prize packages valued at $500 and up per each bingo game, and each package has a theme: Family Fun Night, Sports Package, No Dine and Dash Here, Stock the Bar...

Stock the Bar package

2. Play games with 450 Easter Seals Crossroads supporters - it's one thing to play in your living room, its another thing to play in a packed house with others who support disability services in central Indiana.

Bingo crowd

3. A chance to win $1,000 cash not once, but TWICE! This year we are playing two bonus games! 

Cash Prizes

4. Standing up and calling out B-I-N-G-O and having the entire audience fall silent as your card is checked for accuracy.

Winner

5. Two $400 airline tickets are up for grabs (so you can whisk yourself away to warmer weather!)

Prizes

6. Play "Heads or Tails" like never before

Heads or Tails at Bingo

7. Place your bets on a "Horse Race," bingo style

Horse Race

8. Be the loudest table at the event to win extra prizes

Loudest table

9. Your ticket gets you a buffet pasta dinner, two beer and wine drink tickets, free snacks, sodas and water to enjoy all night long! 

Food and fun

10. Bingo Bonanza raises about $30,000 each year for children's services at Easter Seals Crossroads from ticket and raffle sales, donations made at the event and sponsorships. 

Money

Ready to purchase your ticket? Download this flyer and mail in a check or call Sara Croft at 317-466-2002 for more information! 

January 27, 2015
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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.

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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