CCRI Thanks Our Community
By Shannon Bock, CCRI Executive Director
In 2017, we mark our 40th anniversary of providing person-centered opportunities to the people we support. This is a great milestone for everyone who has ever been involved with CCRI and is a cause for great celebration. But it’s more than just a milestone—it’s a point where we can look back to just how much has changed since CCRI launched our first home.
Our communities have changed much during that time. Those were the days when it was expected the person who needed the care would conform to the type of care available instead of the other way around. By not personalizing care and services, people were left to make the most of their lives with only basic support options.
Today, CCRI takes pride in how we are able to create care plans as unique as the people we support and all of our lives are impacted by the interactions we could not have had 40 years ago. And, by creating a space for everyone in the fabric of our communities, we further enrich everyone’s lives.
As we consider what has made this immense turn in care possible, you only need to look as far as the people who make up CCRI. From those first families who knew there was a better option for their children, to the caregivers and staff who live that belief daily, to the people we support and the partners who help make it happen, it’s simple: CCRI is successful because of the people who are a part of it.
On Aug. 1, more than 800 people helped us celebrate the individuals who make CCRI unique, different and the best at supporting people.
On behalf of CCRI, I want thank Dave from Gourmet Game Processing for preparing the delicious meal, Cole Paper for providing the necessary picnic utensils and Chris Kirscheman for providing the gift of music. I also want to give special thanks to our local sponsors for their support.
Finally, I want to thank our communities for fostering an environment of hope and potential for everyone.