CLI Incorporated

P.O. Box 508

Norwalk, Ohio 44857


Christmas in July Edition, 2023

Thanks to all of you who came out for Cornhole last Friday night!

John's usual--

CLI's first cornhole tournament was a good time last Friday. A few less teams than typical, which meant less prize money, but it also made it a more intimate, casual vibe. We've been clued in to a cornhole posting board app for next month, so the cash payout on Friday, August 24th should be at least twice the $120 that last week's winners walked away with.

Summer is flying by! Not only is it Christmas in July this week, but it's also the 33rd anniversary of the ADA on Wednesday, July 26th! This was milestone legislation for all people with disabilities. It's easy to forget how much of a game changer the ADA was-- not to mention all the progress that came from it as precedent.

Speaking of legislation, if you are willing to write a thank you note to the politicians and/or public officials who advocated for the increase in the DD service reimbursement rates-- here are some key names & addresses:

Governor Mike Dewine, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215

Representative Dick Stein, Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High Street, Floor 13, Columbus, OH 43215

Representative DJ Swearington, Ohio House of Representatives, 77 S. High Street, Floor 13, Columbus, OH 43215

Senator Nathan Manning, Senate Building 1 Capitol Square Ground Floor 039. Columbus, Ohio 43215

Director Hauck, Ohio Department of DD, 30 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Superintendent Kari Smith, HCBDD, 306 South Norwalk Road West, Norwalk, Ohio 44857

Have a great week. Temps are supposed to rise as we get closer to next weekend. We'll keep an eye on the weather and remind everyone to drink lots of water & stay out of the direct sun midday as we're out & about. It the temperatures spike too much, we'll tweak our scheduled activities as needed.


Cleveland Zoo trip last Tuesday!

Firelands Local LLC

Click here if you'd like to work with us -- pay starts at $10.11 per hour!

James Johnson [email protected] 419-921-6400

Sandusky Concert schedule

Party at the Pier (all shows happen at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays)

• July 27th: The Vindy's (RESCHEDULED)

• Aug. 3: Bronx Country

• Aug. 17: Rumours, a Fleetwood Mac tribute

• Aug. 24: The Ten Band, a Pearl Jam tribute

• Aug. 31: Carlos Jones & The PLUS BAND

Are you into gaming? CLI hosts a gaming hour every afternoon at the FL Workshop at 2pm!

Announcing CLI's newest service exclusively offered to people who are community employed--

 because there's more to life than the daily grind!

We believe that lifetime learning and playing shouldn't stop after high school or after you get your

first "real" job! CLI wants to help you continue to grow and/or to enjoy the fruits of your labor!

CLI's Good Works Cafe offers a free community lunch every Friday afternoon at the Norwalk Reservoir Clubhouse.

Thanks to the generous donations (money & food), CLI is able to take care of our neighbors and also get some real life restaurant and customer service job training.

If you'd like to learn more or would like to donate to this cause--

please contact Jen Swicker by phone at 419-706-6221 or by email at [email protected]

Question of the week

Q: If I know somebody who's interested in working for CLI, how do they apply?

A: It's a very easy process. There is an online application on the website ( but they can also just directly contact John, Jen, or Holly directly. We interview all applicants. We are choosy though. We're not worried about exact experience in the DD field, but integrity, work ethic, and a healthy amount independent common sense are absolute must haves!

We love when potential candidates apply by email and tell us why they are interested and what they think they want to do (and maybe why they think they can do it). If you know of anyone interested, the email address for them to apply is:

[email protected]

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CLI's three-part mission

  • increase the earnings, status & quality of life of people with developmental disabilities
  • increase the earnings, status & quality of life of people who support people with developmental disabilities
  • actively work to improve the communities in which we all live
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