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Notes from Susan

Volume 16 Issue 12 Summer—2011

Friends of Rainbow Homes,

On April 15, UPS volunteers from the Airport Division spent the day organizing our apartment attics. If you hav e ever been involved with ―Spring Cleaning‖ for an organization you would know that the help was a blessing! Thank you to our UPS friends. The group also assem-

bled and stained picnic tables as well as the yard swings. They also turned the compost pile and added to the garden bins.


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Summer has arrived and as you will see, our 29 residents have been dodging the raindrops all spring with activities. Residents have made new friends with area volunteer groups as you will read about below:

Bev Schaffer, a teacher from Mason High School FCCLA (Family, Career & Community Leaders of America.) assisted 12 students in weeding and planting flowers around the grounds. Volunteer Women from Great Lakes Christian College visit every third Thursday morning to socialize and play games with the residents. The Saltman family continues to visit each Monday morning engaging our residents with games, crafts, bingo, and the most importantly their on-going friendship. The residents picnicked with them on Memorial Day as well. Kirby, a goldendoodle certified Pet Therapy dog, is our newest neighbor from Holt. He and his owner; Sarah Miller Schaffer, visit every Monday evening for a belly r u b an d t r i ck s . (belly rub is for Kirby!)

Wish List Pop up Canopy on wheels for outing (easy) Wood Chips for landscaping Volunteer Drivers to special occasions Bike Helmets (adults) Gas Gift Card Want to help and need more ideas? Visit our website and click on our ―magic wand‖

The garden is planted and growing with all the May rains. Shirley, a facilitator at RH, has taken the project under her wing. Peas, cabbage, broccoli and morning glories are well on their way. Seeds and Plants have been obtained from the Garden Resource Center in Lansing. Folks are excited to be able to make pesto and fresh salsa once again. Our CLS (Community Living Services) Program has been growing in leaps and bounds. Some of the outings residents and clients community have enjoyed are:



Tulip Festival, Frederick Meijer‘s Garden, Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson and Alpaca Shearing. They have explored new activities in and around the greater Lansing area. Classes have included Men and Women‘s Spa Day, (taking care of your body), Etiquette in Restaurants as well as volunteering at CACS, (Capital Area Community Services) setting up food boxes. Our residents are very much appreciative of all the assistance they have received!

Susan Shehan RH Program Administrator

Rainbow Homes Annual Picnic

“Carnival” You are invited Sunday, August 7, 2011 1:00 – 3:00PM Bring a passing dish RSVP—at 517-699-8454 Donations accepted to defray the cost. We hope to see you there!

Our Mission To provide ecumenical Christian housing and services for adults with cognitive disAbilities, where they can grow personally and spiritually to reach their God-given potential. The residents will be nurtured in a homelike Christian setting.

Resident’s On The Move! On April 17, Kevin 1, Paul and Jennifer walked in the Race for the Cure.

Thanks to the Kids Repair Program, Rainbow Homes has it ‗s first three wheel bike. Also thanks to Pam Wilcoxen who donated a second three-wheel bike. We have a few bumps and bruises but look forward to future trail rides.

On June 3, twentytwo residents and their friends attended the Blossom Time Ball at the Causeway Bay Hotel. They had dinner and danced the night away to the Sea Cruisers. Everyone enjoyed dressing up and dancing.

The Diamond Tour Bus is transporting the group on a special summer trip.

Kevin 1, Lynn, Mary Ellen and Kevin 3 all participated in The State Special Olympics in Mt Pleasant. Congratulations to Kevin 3 for winning a gold medal In Bowling.

A group of 46 left June 21 for a 3 day trip to Northern Michigan to visit the Mackinac area. They will be sightseeing in the area, visiting the Island, taking a boat tour through the Soo Locks as well and trying their luck at the Kewadin Casino.

New resident Mary H. moved into Rainbow Homes in May. She has lived in the Lansing area most of her life. She is grateful for the Christian atmosphere at Rainbow Homes and being able to go to church. Mary really enjoys the trips, the friends and having dinner together as a family.

New York October 6—11th (6days/ 5nights). Seeing the sights, tour of Central Park, boat tour of New York Harbor and visiting the Statue of Liberty are just some of the events planned.

Events - Updates - “Pass it Forward” Speaking Engagements: Our residents and our program administrator would love to come to your council, committee, organization meetings to talk about Rainbow Homes and how it has made a difference in the lives of our residents and to the Lansing area community. Please consider adding us to your agenda! Our May Bowling FUNdraiser ―Surf‘s Up‖ was a complete success! Resident and their families, along with St. James Knights of Columbus, enjoyed an afternoon of bowling, food and making friends! Thank you to all who attended, donated and sponsored this event. “At the Movies” Silent Auction 2012 is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2012. Information on the event is posted on our website. Visit our website for brochure, flyer, donation forms and business advertising. Donation items can be dropped off anytime. Make sure you attach the donation form to your donated items.

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Website Updates: Visit our Website and see updates to: * * * * * * *

Picnic Silent Auction, Powerpoint 2010 Year in Review. CLS/Respite Calendar Information on becoming a Resident Intake Forms to start the ball rolling. Newsletter Archive

“Pass it Forward Event” Residents participated in their first event at Reno‘s East in June. Our residents decided to purchase flowers and present them to staff at a nursing home. For more information on this program visit, Pass It Forward participants find ways to burst ‗balls of stress‘ by touching peoples‘ lives no matter how small, simple, or insignificant the act of kindness. We are a not-for-profit, grassroots movement endeavoring to create positive change throughout our community and beyond. Here are some photos from the event.

“TREASURED MOMENTS IN TIME” BOAT RIDE TO MACKINAC Congratulations to our resident Jonathan a 2011 Beekman Center, Lansing School District Graduate!

Jonathan received the award for “Best Personality.” He also received a certificate for completing Community Transition Program. Jonathan received his Varsity Letter “ B” for participating in Special Olympics sports (bowling, swimming, track & field, snow shoes). Jonathan works 3 jobs at: Michigan Athletic Club (2 nights), Peckham and for the Lansing School District, Beekman Center during the school year.







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―Designation Card‖ Use #1751 Rainbow Homes, Holt, Michigan

Special Recognition Corner St. Casimir Knights and 6 of our residents

Scott Lawton Clickner 1976-2011 We would sincerely like to thank Esther Blakley and Rod Clickner and family for memorial donations of over $600 made in memory of their son Scott. This is a quote from Scott‘s family: ―Scotty met every challenge with a tremendous will to live and taught us all about the strength in one small soul. He will be remembered for his big smiles and his desire to let everyone know what kind of weather was going on outside.”

Thank you to Morgan Stanley for honoring Rainbow Homes with a grant. With the assistance of employee Joseph Perrone, Rainbow Homes was awarded a $5,500 grant from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for the general operating budget. Thank you, Joe, for all your efforts on behalf of Rainbow Homes over the years. Joe has held the Treasurer position on Rainbow Homes Board for many years. Knights of Columbus “Thank You” IHM Council #10542 KC Richard Council #788 Ladies Auxiliary Richard C#788 KC Msgr. Gabriel C#11099 For donations from the 2011 MR Drive

collect donations for the ―MR Drive‖ Our residents collected over $300 towards helping persons with developmental disabilities. Wonderful job!

Thank you to Betty, Tom & Pat Barenck for remembering RH when downsizing. Some of the items are used for our residents and other some will go to our ―Garage Sale‖ in July where money collected will go towards our New York trip.

Remember when United Way comes around again that Rainbow Homes can receive donations. All you have to do is fill out a ―designation card‖ and list Rainbow Homes address and #1751 as your recipient. Thank you! Easy secure way to donate on line!

Summer 2011 Rainbow Homes Newsletter  

Summer 2011 Rainbow Homes Newsletter