Week of June 28th, 2021
What can people do with STEP services?
Apparently a surprising amount of bowling this week-- considering how beautiful the weather was!
CLI ran a summer therapy based day camp for youg kids at Kenilee & 2 Step Classes dropped in as well. Up Your Alley is a weekly bowling industry class & the It Makes Sense class glow bowled-- working on their visual, auditory, vestibular, and proprioceptive sensory systems
Have you been up to Sandusky lately?

They've made some big investments in their publicly accessible shoreline. It's definitely worth the trip!
John's usual excuses & apologies--

Just a reminder that CLI programs are closed next week, July 5-9, to give our staff a week to regenerate. I count myself very lucky to have the privilege of being part of this hard-working, dedicated team.

I'll be the main point of contact next week. For next week, I want all CLI staff to to put vacation messages on their phone and email-- and then they aren't allowed to check in at all. I want people 100% off for the whole break. I think this is important. We ask a lot out of CLI staff-- and we've got our plate full for the 2nd half of 2021! We'll be launching our Kenilee 100% accessible fundraising campaign for reals, and we're all in on the new STEP service-- so lots to do, lots to learn, and lots of times where we'll need creativity & energy.

CLI's regular program calendar for 2022 is set. We had quite a bit of internal discussion about this. At the end, the slight majority of the group won the popular vote to keep a similar calendar to what we did this year-- close regular programs for 2 weeks around the Christmas/New Year holidays and then 1 week around July 4th. However, there are some staff that want to work the week after New Year-- so we'll be building a week of special activities that week for anyone who's interested, both in 2022 and in 2023. Obviously we have some time before that week, but keep it in mind for when we ask for sign-ups for those activities later this fall.

I'll be driving quite a bit next week, so if you do try to reach me by phone, be prepared to leave a message. If you have access to email, it's sometime an easier way to communicate with me. I'm excited to able to spend most of next week driving the Nissan Leaf. I'm a huge fan of EVs. I can't wait to add an electric minivan to our fleet!

That's all I have for this week. Enjoy this last week of June. It's all going too fast! Because we do so much transportation, I kind of dread the winter driving even now! Enjoy this summer weather, even when it might be just a titch too hot. I tell my kids that the best things about each of us is often inextricably tied to what's our worst attributes. Well, Ohio's manic weather swings are right there with us. On one level, I love that we have real seasons-- but real winter is very real here. So, do your best to enjoy our real summer right now!

Keep those hands clean!
Betty Lynch said that we need to include a link to all CLI staff phone numbers & email addresses. And since we're certainly not willing to pick a fight with Betty (she's pretty scrappy)-- here it is:

Would you like to join CLI for some fun virtual activities?
It's a bunch of loud fun!
Firelands Local LLC Update:
James Johnson
It is hard to believe that June has come and gone. The 4th is this coming weekend. I want to make sure that folks know that Firelands Local will be shutdown on Monday July 5th in observance of the holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday and have our monthly drop off on Wednesday.

Last week was a slow week for production and shredding. We caught ourselves saying that we have not had any large shred jobs lately. Then the phones started ringing. We had a 3500 lb. dropped off on Thursday. Today we have 2 large pick ups that we are doing. If just saying it really worked every time, you would hear us saying it all the time.
Last week we shredded 9000 lbs of paper. Collected and/or baled 9000 lbs of cardboard. Collected and/or baled 4000 lbs of boat wrap and shrink wrap. We also completed 23,000 units.

From time to time we get asked what the strangest things are that we find in shred containers. The answer “ you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff and there is some stuff I could put in s this newsletter.” I will give a few examples though-- cell phones, laptop computers, small portable safes,clothing (yes, undergarments), medications and keys. There are lots of others but these are the more common ones. We actually came across ove $600 in a bin once. We were able to return ALL of the money to the owner. We are THAT honest!

I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. Enjoy the outdoors and your friends and family.
Good Works Cafe Schedule:

Hello gang! It's hard to believe summer vacation is almost here! Just a reminder that Good Works Cafe will not be passing out lunches on July 9th. I'm hoping everyone takes the opportunity to rest up and enjoy themselves. I don't know about you, but I am pumped for the Fireworks this year! 

July Menu
July 2: Ham & Cheese Sliders w/ Pretzels
July 9: Cafe is closed/ No lunch
July 16: Sloppy Joes w/ Chips
July 23: Macaroni & Cheese w/ Green Beans
July 30: Mini Sub, Chips & Dill Pickle
Donation Requests
Hamburger Buns
Hoagie Buns
American Cheese Slices
Velveeta Cheese
Ground Beef
Elbow Macaroni
Wavy Plain Potato Chips
Dill Pickle Spears
Green Beans
Fruit Snacks
Applesauce Cups

Donations can be brought to the Clubhouse from 9:30a - 12p or call (419)921-6057 to arrange a donation pick-up.

This helps us keep costs down and be able to provide meals each Friday at a low cost.

Thanks everyone! Here's to a good week!
Kerrie Close
Community Settings Coordinator
Jeremy interviewed John Schwartz for the most recent CLI GTKM segment.

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