Week of March 8th, 2021
Scroll down to the end for lots of pictures this week!
"Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.”

– Stevie Wonder
John's Usual Excuses & Apologies-

CLI is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, March 13, with 100% of the profits donated to Norwalk Parks & Rec McGuan Park Project.

If you haven't been following this, Norwalk is completely renovating McGuan Park with a new adaptive playground, plenty of smooth wide sidewalks AND a fully accessible restroom that has equipment and space to accommodate adults that use a table and attendants.

It's a great project and definitely needed. CLI is familiar with this park because it's the one that our baseball team has practiced on for years.
So, if you are looking for something to do this Saturday afternoon, come down to Kenilee Lanes and bowl a little. We've got a full menu of irish brews, plus complimentary stewed potatoes & cabbage.

FYI-- Kenilee & CLI's other 2 uptown locations are all inside the new DORA zone. Once the weather gets warmer, we'll be able to host some outdoor events across all 3 venues, with patrons being able to carry libations freely between . . . It's all about celebrating the small stuff!

Have a great week. Stay safe. Keep washing those hands. Better hygiene is just part of the new normal.
Mark & Sarah packed more dogfood for the Huron County Non-Food Bank. Interested in donating? You can find more information about the food bank by clicking on either picture or by calling Pastor Wayne Chasney at 419-465-2165
March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” 

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.
S.T.E.P. Services
Tabitha Wilkens coordinates client vocational services for CLI. Many of these services are funded through STEPS. Sometimes these are paid training opportunities, such as the Huron County Interoffice Courier Service.

This program delivers documents & packages between 40 offices in & around Norwalk. Couriers earn $8.80 per hour while they work on community job skills identified in their ISP. Tab says that it's difficult to "just pick one thing that is the most educational because it is a person centered service. One works on organization skills, another works on time management skills, and others work on professional social skills & grooming. It depends on each person's outcome.

The mail courier also incorporates skills such as: following a schedule and being professional (ex. personal hygiene, interactions, etc).
CLI is introducing a new "About Me" feature, put together by our own Rocio Gonzelez. She will be running short bios of different members of the CLI Team-- staff, clients, family, volunteers, and community partners.
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”

– Maria Edgeworth
AOS's studio is located at 32 East Main Street in Norwalk.

Their website is:

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.”

--Margaret Meade
Seminary yoga class pics:
Would you like to join CLI for some fun virtual activities?
It's a bunch of loud fun!
“Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.”

-- Bethany Hamilton
Firelands Local LLC Update:
James Johnson
Things are starting to pick up everywhere. It is getting warmer..ish out. The birds are chirping, the fish are biting and the grass is starting to grow. Before we know it, we will be heading out to our local parks to enjoy the outdoors. Speaking of parks…We held our first of three shred drop off days to benefit the McGuan park project. I am very happy to say that we have raised $188.50. This was the first day and not a whole lot of attention to it. I can’t wait to see what April 1st brings. That will be our next drop off day to benefit the park.
Last year Covid kept us from being able to have our annual shred day. Not this year, we will once again be having our annual shred day. We will be here on Friday March 26 from 10 – 5. As always, the first 500 lbs. are free. That is not a typo, the first 500 lbs. are really free. As one commercial goes: Free, free free, free. We will have plenty of staff here that day and look to have a record year. I know we will at least beat last year. Our goal this year will be 25,000 pounds.
We completed 17,500 items last week and shredded 9,000 pounds of paper and collected 6,000 pounds of cardboard.
“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.”

 – Robert M. Hensel
The FREE Good Works Cafe will be back next week to run every Friday at 11:30 am until they run out of food.

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.*
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“I was slightly brain damaged at birth, and I want people like me to see that they shouldn’t let a disability get in the way. I want to raise awareness. I want to turn my disability into ability.”
-- Susan Boyle
DODD has some decent online content these days.

Click the video on the left to see a clip of Director Davis talking about DODD's vaccination plan.

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