January 2015 Creating Home News

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Creating Home News
Where shared interests
create lifelong friends and great neighborhoods
regardless of diagnosis or IQ

Thirty-sixth Edition, January, 2015
2015 Plans
During 2014 your participation in CPSH activities demonstrated the urgent need for more housing options for adults with IDD or social challenges, regardless of IQ. Efforts to reach out to families, educators, service providers, and special needs sports organizations increased the CPSH e-newsletter readership, attendance at CPSH meetings, survey participation and volunteer participation. One parent said, "without a place to call home for my daughter, nothing else matters."

Our community's most significant accomplishment during 2014 was understanding and proving that more AttendantCare is needed so that adults with IDD or social challenges, regardless of IQ, may live away from their parents, with friends in our neighborhoods. Insufficient AttendantCare delays the natural transition to more independent living.

In 2015, our community is focused on bringing the need for AttendantCare (for adults with IDD or social challenges, regardless of IQ) to Texas State Elected Officals during the Legislative Session, January - May 2015. Your participation in this is key to success. Only you can speak to this. See the information in this newsletter about the letter writing campaign.

When we see more AttendantCare available, CPSH will request another opportunity for Neighborhood Housing Subsidies through Dallas Housing Authority.

Also, in 2015 the Parent Supported Model for Independent Living will move forward establishing a social structure and neighborhood for an integrated community, more on this below.

2015 will also bring more efforts to increase awareness of the need for more housing options. In addition to current outreach, CPSH will meet with elected offcials, attorneys, city planning departments, and real estate specialists.

CPSH would like to improve our website during the next year to increase awareness of these efforts. To kickstart this project Jim LeoGrande has made a $2,500 challenge donation to CPSH. For every dollar you donate, Jim will also donate a dollar up to $2,500 between now and 2/28/15. More information is below. To donate go here.

The details of 2015 Priorities and Goals are here.

We invite you to participate in 2015, here. With your energy, More. Housing. Will. Happen.

Happy New Year,
Robin LeoGrande, President
1/11/15: Independent Living: A Parent Supported Model 1pm-3pm
Independent Living: A Parent Supported Model
Meeting Date: January 11th 1:00-3:00
Meeting Location: Christ United Methodist Church
                             3101 Coit Road Plano, TX 75075

Topic: Several parents and a representative from DARS visited the Mission Project in Mission, Kansas, in December. We will be presenting our observations from our trip about this unique program that is providing an engaging community-focused independent living experience for adults with special needs. We will also discuss plans for bringing this model to our community.

Please RSVP your attendance here.
By 1/22/15: Write Your Letter about AttendantCare to Texas Elected Officials
CPSH Volunteers will be traveling to the Austin State Capital in early February to deliver letters to our Texas elected officials about the importance of AttendantCare and the need to provide regulations and budget for these services in the Legislative Session, January through May, 2015.

AttendantCare is assistance with the functional needs of independent living. It is customized for each individual, and may include overnight support, if needed. The only way you can influence the regulations and budget for Health and Human services is if you make it known what you want. Your advocacy will help those
  • currently receiving Medicaid Waiver funds
  • currently on Interest Lists for Medicaid Waiver funds
  • will someday be on Medicaid Waiver Interest Lists
  • who don't qualify for Medicaid Waiver due to IQ, and have a need for support
Edit one of these letters sample letters Parents/Families, Attorneys, Educators.

Email your letter in Word format to AttendantCare@txcpsh.org by 1/22/15.

CPSH will process each letter with individual salutations and envelopes for all members of the legislature, plus a few others. The letters will be hand delivered. There is no charge.

United we stand. Divided we fall. Would you please send your letter today?
Donor Challenge - Your Donation Doubles Until 2/28/15
Jim LeoGrande
Jim LeoGrande a North Texas parent of an adult son living with Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

"After having a successful career in telecommunications, I have had time to reflect on what will the future bring. For my son that is a critical issue. When my wife and I are no longer able to support his day to day activities, what happens? That concern is why I support CPSH. I see CPSH’s goals as a means to a better life for my son and our community. In 2015 I want to support CPSH in a way that will bring more visibility to the organization.

"The CPSH Website is on of the most important communication tools of the organization. As often the first point of contact for members of the local community, it provides information about the need for a variety of housing options in North Texas for adults with IDD. It also informs about the progress toward creating more options. The website is available around the clock for people seeking this information. As CPSH grows with more projects and more information, an updated website will help:
  • encourage readers to discover more about the housing issue
  • educate them about CPSH and it’s activities
  • assist in the recruitment more volunteers for projects
  • connect with new donors and support fundraising
"Until now my wife Robin has managed the website. While she has done an outstanding job, CPSH needs professional support to improve the design, marketing, and maintenance of the site. CPSH needs a dynamic online presence using a platform that is free or low cost, with search engine marketing to attract more readers.

"Therefore, I have made his challenge donation as an initial investment in the social media improvements that support the mission of CPSH.

"Would you take a moment to consider the mission of CPSH and how an updated website would help the volunteers meet the mission?

"Between now and 2/28/15 for every $1 donated, I will match the donation, up to a total donation of $2,500. Together we can make CPSH even more successful in 2015. "To donate, go here."
Volunteers - Thank you!
CPSH says "Thank you" to the following volunteers who participated at the Russell Stover Candies Outlet Fundraising and Open House, 12/6/14, Terrell, TX: Pearl Barua, Megan Corcoran, Gwedeleyne Williams, Collin Patterson, Felice Hay and her daughter Lindsey, and Nequila Goods-Guidry.
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