Week of November 9th, 2020
November is National Family Caregivers Month. CLI would like to celebrate and thank all the caregivers of the individuals we work with. Your dedication and hard work does not go unnoticed and you are all truly appreciated.

 If you have an amazing caregiver that you would like to be featured in our upcoming newsletters throughout November, then please provide John with a picture and some information about them.
Tammy Jamison has recently participated in a YOGA training curriculum and has been excited to add mindfulness training, stretching, and relaxation exercises to the normal daily routine at Seminary. Andy spent some time with a modified expanda ball, working on breathing exercises.
But the Seminary crew spent a fair amount of last week out-of-doors last week too. Alan enjoyed the wonderful unseasonably warm weather while helping Ms. Jamison cut back the plants for winter. If anyone has a green thumb and wants to lend it to us next season, we could definitely use the help!
In November you begin to know how long the winter will be."
--Martha Gellhorn
Football season is in full swing at CLI. While most of our tribe goes for the Browns and Buckeyes, there may be a few deviants that prefer maize & blue and/or black & gold. Got some good game face pics of your own? Send 'em in!
John's Usual Excuses & Apologies--

Wow-- what a beautiful week & weekend. How lucky are we! Warm days in November are not to be taken for granted for sure!

COVID cases continue to increase in Ohio. I know that I got a little too comfortable with how things were this summer. I remember that it seemed like it was unusual to know anyone that had been diagnosed with COVID, but now I'm sure that we all know at least one person who has.

I'm not sure that I've ever been a big fan of cold & flu season before, but this whole COVID thing has really made me nostalgic for the days when someone would call in sick and it just meant that we would miss seeing them for a day or two.
Please help CLI isolate any possible infections. If you or someone you live with feels punky or has specific symptoms, please stay home AND let us know asap. One precaution that CLI will automatically do at the first sign of any potential health issue, is isolate any potentially infected people from contact with others. So far, CLI has been able to weather some potential scares without having to shut everything down, but if we have an issue that we can't isolate, the only solution will be a multiple week shut-down and LOTS of dog & pony show hoop-jumping to restart services one-by-one. If this does happen, we will get through it. BUT-- let's all do everything we can to avoid the hassle-- or much worse, someone having a bad reaction to a COVID infection.

That's all I have this week. This awesome weather has my head way out of the office this week. Enjoy your week, keep yourself safe & wash your hands!
John
Everyone at CLI has taken the opportunity this week to spend as much time outside as possible. Here's a window-selfie by Cathy Reineck & gang uptown this week.
Speaking of Masks & other PPE-- We haven't gotten any new pictures of YOUR COVID Leisure Wear! Send Pics!
Nothing says "Hey, it's finally Friday", than some group-guided art. Sort of like a visual version of the "telephone game." This week's guest artist was Haven Helmstetter. Here she is putting the final touches on this week's masterpiece. That skunk is spraying Tabitha and yes, that is magic mike with his shirt off. If this is us in early November, we may be in trouble with 4+ months to go . . .
STEPS services anyone?

Trust us, it is every bit as cool as Jen makes in look!
Would you like to yell artistic suggestions at Tabitha or Haven? Sign up by emailing Tab-- Tabitha@CLIsupports.com!
Firelands Local LLC Update:
James Johnson
419-921-6400
From James Johnson, GM
Mr. Johnson's son, Jimmy, (also a CLI team-member) got married this weekend. The proud dad is understandably a bit busy this week and asked that we re-run this picture for his "Where in Huron County am I contest".

If you think you know, email or call or text James. Make sure that you tell him Congratualtions!
Who says there's NO FREE LUNCH? We know people--
How is CLI able to afford giving away free food when we (and everybody else is hustling to break-even)?

It's a good question. The answer is that CLI invested a (very) small amount of seed money in April to open up a new checking account just for the Good Works Cafe. After that, it's been 100% funded by donations.

Our on-going investment now is just time. CLI is always looking to help people give to their local community. Got an idea of something that a small group can to do to help? Let us know!
The FREE Good Works Cafe will runs every Friday at 11:30 am until they run out of meals.
If you or a friend want a delicious meal but cannot get transportation, we can deliver to you for a $20 donation!

*Donations are accepted & 100% go to future Fridays.*
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has been posting quite a few new videos lately that are worth checking out. This is a link to one of the director getting a flu shot and a link to the main webpage.

Spread the word!