Friday, December 23, 2016

Good News Friday!

It is the season of giving, and today I would like to highlight a group that always gives: Imagine! employees. Even though they already work hard in difficult jobs that don’t always pay well, Imagine! employees never fail to step up and help out in other ways.

Below are just a few recent examples.

This year’s Imagine! Holiday Gift Giving Program was a huge success! 365 children and 110 adults received gifts thanks to many generous supporters. Imagine! employees led the way in donating, volunteering, and helping to organize the event. Check out the video below to learn more.
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Here’s another fun example of the generosity of Imagine! employees: thanks to a growing number of employees (77 now!) participating in this year’s employee giving campaign through regular payroll deduction, Imagine!’s Behavioral Health Services (IBHS)  has been able to provide meaningful social skills trainings to kids, adolescents, and young adults. Imagine! employees contributed close to $8,000.00 to help support social skills training for this fiscal year! You can view the video below to learn more about this exciting program.

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Over the summer, IBHS hosted two social skills sessions that met once per week for two hours over a four-week period. Each session was broken down into three age groups; kids ages 3-7, adolescents ages 7-14, and young adults ages 14-18. Over the course of these sessions, IBHS hosted 21 individuals. All participants had the opportunity to partake in play schemes that facilitated attending and orienting themselves toward a play partner, eye contact, waiting and sharing skills, and opportunities for natural interactions with other group participants and typical peers.

Thanks to the continuing generous support of Imagine! employees, IBHS will be continuing their social skills program on February 6, 2017. Contact Ania Young, PhD, BCBA, IBHS Clinical Team Leader, if you are interested in participating:

And finally, over the past few days, several groups of Imagine! employees have donated their time to wrap gifts for donations at Liquor Mart. Thanks to those employees who volunteered and to Liquor Mart for their support of our mission. Check out a couple of pictures of employee (and other) volunteers below.

Imagine! HR Director Karen Kalis, Imagine! Director of Innovations Laurel Rochester, and Imagine! Foundation Director Patti Micklin

Judy James Anderson, Director of Imagine! Behavioral Health Services, volunteered with her son and mother

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