February 2019 e-news from
Developing Potential, Inc.
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Congrats to Ali Byrd, winner of the 2019 Missouri Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Poster Contest! Click here to learn more about Ali.
Advocacy Corner
Mark your calendars and plan to participate in
Disability Rights Legislative Day !

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Click here for flyer.

Email acox@developingpotential.org
to RSVP.

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Can't make it to Jefferson City but want to support
DPI's advocacy efforts?

Order our 2019 advocacy t-shirt pictured below!
Tshirts are $15 each.

Contact Emily Small to place your order at
esmall@developingpotential.org
or 816.525.6000 ext. 108.
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Want to learn more about the legislative process?
The Governor's Council on Disability is supporting a
Legislative Education Project.
Modules can be accessed online by clicking here .
DPI Health and Wellnesss:
Compassion Fatigue
More Than Just Stress
by Heather Brock, DPI Nurse
Caring too much can hurt. Caregivers focus most of their time on others without any consideration to their own well-being.  According to Dr. Charles Figley, director of Tulane Traumatology Institute, “Compassion fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.”

Studies confirm that caregivers, whether paid providers or family members, are at a high risk for developing compassion fatigue at some point in their career. Eric Gentry, a leading traumatologist, states that many caregiver enter into the field with some level of fatigue due to their caring nature. Each and every day caregivers struggle to function in a care giving environment where they are presented with heart wrenching, emotional challenges and that is just at work. Often times caregivers also continue this role in their personal lives: caring for children, caring for aging parents, family responsibilities, other work commitments, and the list goes on.

So now that we know we are all at risk, what can we do? The first step is an easy one: Awareness, acknowledging you are at risk leads to insight into your own personal well-being. Awareness also means knowing the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue not only in ourselves but also recognizing them in our co-workers. 

There can be many signs of compassion fatigue, the list is extensive: excessive blaming, bottled up emotions, isolation from others, voices excessive complaints, substance abuse, poor self-care, chronic physical ailments, difficulty concentrating, denial, absenteeism. Keep in mind that we all get “stressed” from time to time and that is normal. Compassion fatigue goes beyond our day to day stress and slowly begins to affect our overall mood and health.  

The road to helping ourselves starts now! Simple practices such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, enjoyable social activities, journaling, and restful sleep are easy steps to take, starting today, that will drastically improve our well-being and lower our risks for compassion fatigue. 

If you, someone you care about, a co-worker are showing symptoms of compassion fatigue take the time to acknowledge the signs, ask them how they are doing, and listening. I recently had the opportunity to attend a compassion fatigue educational course where I learned how to recognize the symptoms so that I can educate others on the topic. I also became a compassion fatigue therapist. If you are suffering, talk to someone. You are not alone, take the first step. 

Source: Compassion Project
DPI is expanding to meet
the needs of the community!

Can your company help with a matching gift?
DPI is pleased to report that we continue to make progress on our capital campaign to meet the needs of individuals having developmental disabilities in the community.

Many of our supporters have expressed a willingness to contribute to this campaign in a number of ways. This month, we are featuring Matching Gifts as a way to make your contribution go further.

Matching gifts are a type of corporate giving program that essentially double an employee’s initial donation to an eligible nonprofit organization.

The first matching gift program began in 1954. The GE Foundation created the Corporate Alumni Program that matched employee donations to schools and universities.

Since then, companies of all shapes and sizes have created matching gift programs to give back to nonprofits and encourage employee philanthropy.

If you are not sure if your company offers matching gifts, visit their website or reach out to your HR or Benefits department to find out more.

We are here to help with your matching gifts. If you have questions, require documentation or need support, please contact Amy Cox, DPI Development Director, at acox@developingpotential.org.
Staff Spotlight:
Jennifer Harvey
Jennifer Harvey is a Direct Support Professional and Team Leader at DPI. Jenn has worked in the healthcare field since 1993 and has worked for DPI since 2009. Before coming to DPI, she had never worked with adults having developmental disabilities but she immediately fell in love with this field of work.

When not working, Jenn loves music, singing, crafts and outdoor water activities. Her friends say she is loving, caring, passionate, patient and creative. All of these things must be true. Jennifer admits that if she had the means, she would travel the world helping others.

The thing Jenn loves most about her job is the individuals! She considers them her second family!

Her favorite fun fact? Sometimes when a stroke survivor cannot speak their words, they can still sing them. That's because language is a left-brain task, but singing is a right-brain task. So, if you cannot say something, try singing it!
Thank you to our donors
January 2019
Donors:
Patti Allison
Anonymous
Bill and Hillory Baird
Harry and Judy Beyer
Dennis and Vicki Bullard
Denise and Wayne Edwards
Griswold Family Foundation
Panera Bread
Deb and Dale Parson
Ed and Charlotte Van Haele
Watco Manufacturing
Click here to find out how to join our team!
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