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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

 

December 1, 2014
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

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

November 13, 2014
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Veterans Day has come and passed, but that does not mean we should stop thanking our veterans for serving our country. Katy's Goodness mixes good food with a good cause and provides a great way for you to show support to military veterans across America this holiday season.

Between now and Veterans Day 2015, people can thank a military veteran by ordering a Katy’s Goodness Cookie Care Package to be shipped directly by the cookie maker to one of America’s 22 million military veterans. For every purchase, Katy’s Goodness will donate funds to its nationally recognized charity partners: Easter Seals, Student Veterans of America, Warriors in the Workplace, and Support Military Foundation. Proceeds will be allocated to local affiliates, going back to the communities where the cookie care package purchasers live.

A cookie care package costs $30 for the care package and the shipping. It is comprised of six packages of Katy’s Goodness My OH Mega® Cookies, a thank you card, and printed information on organizations that support America’s military veteran community with housing, jobs, education, and medical and mental health services. Each Katy’s Goodness bag includes about a dozen cookies. Once a care package is purchased, Katy’s Goodness will automatically ship the package to a military veteran on behalf of the purchaser. The gift is sent anonymously and arrives unannounced.

To participate in the program, visit the website and place an order for a cookie care package. A portion of your purchase will be donated to Easter Seals in support of our military and veterans programs. Go on and spread some holiday cheer!

Thank a Veteran with Katys Goodness

 

November 7, 2014
by Sara Croft   |   0 Comments

Could you run a 5K, 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles? What if it was the coldest day of the year so far? These individuals not only completed their runs in very cold weather, they spent months before the event fundraising on behalf of Easter Seals Crossroads.

2014 marked the second year of a partnership between our organization and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, which took place on Saturday, November 1. Thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Indianapolis to participate in this race, and five of those were there to support Easter Seals Crossroads. 

Using FirstGiving, an online fundraising platform, these individuals created pages to express why they were logging miles for children and adults with disabilities. Here are the results:

Advisory Board member Dean Weseli says "Easter Seals Crossroads is a fantastic organization and Indianapolis' largest resource for those with disabilities, special needs, and challenges. Through the support they provide, individuals are able to experience more independence and greater dignity in their everyday lives. As an Advisory Board member of Easter Seals Crossroads, I am proud to be affiliated with such an organization." Dean raised $1,085 with his campaign!

Executive Administrative Assistant Sara South says "Easter Seals Crossroads provides services that help people with disabilities enjoy greater independence and dignity, and it's also a great place to work. I am proud to be a part of this great team." Sara raised $1,000 with her campaign as was the very first person to set up a page and reach her goal!

Crossroads Guild member Ginny Rabbit-Jenkins has a long history associated with our organization. In 1936, Mrs. William Gavin, her grandmother, founded what is now Easter Seals Crossroads after helping a club of 12 teenagers with disabilities form for socialization. "Many years later, I hope people see my grandmother’s traits of volunteerism, honor, duty and compassion for others in our community were firmly instilled in me." Ginny raised $916 with her campaign!

IT Manager Rick Krakora has ran in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon for two years now. Rick played varsity soccer in high school and currently coaches is son's soccer team. Recently, Rick gave the first kick at an Indy Eleven game supporting Easter Seals Crossroads. Rick raised $350 this year!

Adult Day Services Special Events and Activity Coordinator Gina Schultz solicitation donations for her FirstGiving page, but sadly she injured her foot a few weeks prior to the big race day. Gina has played soccer for years in school and has been active ever since. Her bright personality always brings a smile to your face when you talk to her and she has made quite the difference with Community Day Supports. Gina raised $155 with her campaign!

Accounts Payable Bookkeeper Cindy Sanders started running to focus on fitness and health two years ago. Since then, she has participated in numerous 5K's (sometimes twice in one weekend), hiked through parts of upper Michigan and recently completed her first 13.1. Cindy raised $150 with her campaign!

We would also like to thank the 37 volunteers who worked the expo and water station on our behalf. Without thousands of volunteers, the event would not be able to take place. Thank you to everyone who joined us as a volunteer, race participant, and fundraiser!

Please join us in thanking these participants for supporting Easter Seals Crossroads by running the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon! We hope to see you next year on Saturday, November 7! 

Monumental Marathon Logo

November 4, 2014
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On Saturday, October 25, over 250 people gathered together to coordinate, volunteer, sponsor and attend Hallow's Eve: A Night for Ability at the Indianapolis City Market. This inaugural event took months of planning and without these people, it would not have been such a success.

 Catacombs

Our event committee members attended over a dozen meetings, answered numerous emails and phone calls and assisted with the day of event preparation:

Caren Adelsperger, Special Events Intern at Easter Seals Crossroads
Angie Danner, Director of Human Resources at Easter Seals Crossroads
Heather Halliburton, Advisory Board
Marjorie Mansfield, Employment Manager at Easter Seals Crossroads
Dawn Neal, Board of Directors
Dan O’Brien, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Brent Pierce, Director of Resource Development at Easter Seals Crossroads
Patricia Spence, Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Patrick Sandy, President and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads
Dean Weseli, Advisory Board

Fran Gale

These 29 spooktacular volunteers assisted with registration, greeting guests, catacombs assistance, selling drink tickets, working the puzzle wall, clean up and handing out food and drinks:

Blake Allee
Chuck Corbin
Keesha Dixon
Jane Garrison
Ted Gransbury
Katrina Hecht
Don Heitman
Mary Kummings
Devonne Mullis
Julie Mund
Nikol Prieto
Curtiss Quirin
Ginny Rabbitt-Jenkins
Joelle Samples
Shayne Samples
Pat Schafer
Carlos Simpson
Jennifer Skinner
Amanda Spangler
Rob Srader
Kelly St. Clair
Kayla Stone
Tip Sweany
Heather Trojack
Everett Turner
Leonard Voigt
Ken Williams
Wade Wingler
Jenny Wingler

Wade and Jenny

These decorators, event planners and promotional partners spread the word about the event and enhanced the wayfinding and event experience:

David Jackson & Co
Indiana Landmarks
Indianapolis City Market & Tomlinson Tap Room
IndyHub
IndyStar
Palm Court Designs
Visit Indy
Yelp

Yelp Witches

Celebrity judges browsed the crowd to pick 4 of the best costumes of the evening:

Leslie Bailey, IndyStar Adventuress
Rowdie Bear, Indianapolis Indians Mascot
Nicole Misencik, WTHR Meteorologist

Nicole Misencik

Those delicious eats you enjoyed? They were crafted by these Indianapolis City Market vendors:

Brad Gates Catering
Chocolate for the Spirit
Circle City Soups
Spice Box
Three Carrots

Food Vendors

Futures were told by four local psychics who read palms, auras and tarot cards.

Fortunes

Sun King Brewing and RNDC of Indiana quenched your thirst with their beer and wine, allowing Easter Seals Crossroads to make a generous profit on day of sales. 

And of course, our event sponsors, whom which our event would not have been as successful without, especially our presenting sponsor Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield:

Absorb Entertainment
AON Risk Solutions
Dean Weseli
Dr. Andrew & Laura Dahlem
Dr. Richard and Sue DiMarchi
ExactTarget
Marketing Tech Blog
Mishel Dental
Nestle Water
Old National Bank
Robertson Financial
Sertoma Club of North Downtown Indianapolis
Stanley Security
Stonegate Mortgage
Technology Innovation Group
The Financial Resource Center
Union Jack

Many thanks to everyone who attended this inaugural event. Save the date for October 24, 2015!

Hallow's Eve A Night for Ability Banner