Week of December 14th, 2020
It's time for CLI's annual survey qne ir you complete yours by next Monday, December 22nd, we'll mail you an Ohio Lottery Scratch-Off!

There are 3 different surveys, just click on the box that best describes you & get busy!
Santa Dennis' Sleigh
Keep those masks on & send us YOUR favorite pic!
Did you know that Kenilee Lanes is the Norwalk High School Bowling Team's Home "court"? And that NHS has started streaming matches this year because of COVID rules limiting attendance? This video link is for last Friday's match against Vermilion, but you can find other NHS Truckers matches on YouTube by searching "NHS Bowling".
"I planned out our whole day. First, we’ll make snow angels for a two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Toll House cookie dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle."
-- Buddy the Elf (Elf)
Jeff & Cathy worked a little bit this week making custom greeting cards. Any money that CLI makes selling this line of "Cute as a button" cards gets donated to a charity or a person that needs it.
"And we’re going to have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas."
-- Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation)
John's Usual Excuses & Apologies--

Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! I know that we've all said it lots of times over the past 10+ months, but 2020 has been such a weird year! On one hand, it's gone really fast. It really doesn't seem like a whole year has passed. On the other hand, there has been so many very different epochs over the past 12 months, it's hard to believe that it's all happened in less than 12 months. We started the year like any other holiday season with all of the normal concerns. Then by the end of March everything shut down for more than 2 months. Then in June things started to gradually re-open and felt almost normal as long as you were doing things outdoors pretty much through August. Finally toward the beginning of October we entered our current period with lots of people locally affected. Everyone seems to be saying that this current infection risk level is going to be the status quo for a few months. That's one of the main reasons that CLI will be closed from 12/23/20 though 1/10/21-- to limit our exposure to one another during the holidays when it's harder to maintain your isolated bubble.
Don't be a Scrooge
(or a Grinch)!

Send in your holiday pics!
I'm looking forward to 2021. CLI was awarded two grants by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities(DODD) that we need to have completed by June 30, but the visible effects of those grants happen after June. I will be talking more about each of these grants in January newsletters. We are excited to jump back into the (real) community late spring/early summer once it's safe. I feel like we really are in the home stretch. Let's all do everything we can to keep each other safe!

DODD is conducting a virtual Provider Compliance Review this Tuesday, December 15th. Holly, Jen & I are disappointed that we can't host them in person this year. It's always helpful to have professionals with a wider context take a personal look at what we are doing and get a sense of how it compares to the outside world. This virtual review is by necessity a bit more document-compliance oriented than our last review is. They will be talking by phone or computer to a few clients, family & staff-- and there will be a few walkthrough reviews using smartphones (in case anyone wonders why we're walking around looking like we're playing Pokemon Go Tuesday).

At the top of the page are 3 links that will take you to CLI's annual survey. We need LOTS of input please! We use this information to help us design services that people want AND this year your answers will be part of the assessment that CLI has to do as part of the DODD grant. CLI staff will be happy to help anyone that needs help filling out their survey. If you know ANYONE who has an opinion-- good or bad-- about CLI and what we do, we want to hear it! All three surveys are available at www.CLIsupports.com or they just need to give me an email address and I'll send it to them.

That's all I have for this week. Keep yourself safe (and those hands clean).
John
"Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
-- Clarence (It's a Wonderful Life)
Just a reminder that CLI will be closed for a longer break this holiday season so that we can make sure that we've allowed enough time for each of us to isolate so that it's safe to gather in our small groups in 2021.
"Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.”
-- Valentine Davies (Miracle on 34th Street)
Mark & Brittney did some food delivery as part of CLI's Vibrant Volunteer Program. Thanks to all of the people that represent CLI so well in the community!
"You'll shoot your eye out kid."
– Santa (A Christmas Story)
Ever wonder what goes on at Seminary when we aren't paying attention? Yeah, us too. These guys are clearly up to something although Woody is trying to play it cool. Tammy says that he has ambitions of male modeling . . .
While the Seminary Crew might be loafing, the shop's West Side Gang is hard at it!
“The world is what you make it. And it all starts with what you make of yourself.”
-- Fred Claus (Fred Claus)
Firelands Local LLC Update:
James Johnson
419-921-6400
Think you know where this week's picture was taken? Call, text, or email me with your answer!
From GM James Johnson--
We had another busy week.
The amount of paper destroyed was down a bit. We still shredded @16,000 pounds.
Production was up slightly to @70,00 units.
We also added 2 new shred customers last week as well.
 
It is hard to believe it is almost Christmas. I wanted to remind everyone that FL will be closed from 12/24 to 1/3/2021.

We will be resuming our normal schedule on Monday 1/4. This will include our first Wed. of the month drop off on 1/6/21 from 9-2.
 
I hope everyone enjoys the days ahead of Christmas and always remember that you have to do your part in order to help everyone else do their part to prevent the spread of the virus.
I’ll just be hanging around the mistletoe, hoping to be kissed.

-- Mia (Love Actually & Pre-COVID obviously)
This guy is pretty fun-- Kodi Lee (14th Season America's Got Talent-- wants us all to wash our hands. It's hard to argue-- in fact, now would be an awesome time to wash those hands . . .
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!
“Say you hate Washington's Birthday or Thanksgiving and nobody cares, but say you hate Christmas and everybody makes you feel like you're a leper."
-- Kate (Gremlins)
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.*
DODD has some decent online content these days.

Click the video on the left to see a clip of Director Davis and Dr. Sorg with an update about the pandemic and the holidays.

You can find more videos by clicking on either the youtube or the DODD website buttons below.

Spread the word!