Imagine That...April 2021
Where once an ACORN lay
Dear Imagine friends and family,

In order to better protect Imagine in the future, we established an "Acorn Fund" at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County back in October. It reached $25,000 during our Holiday Fundraising Campaign and is now an endowment meant to provide revenue to Imagine for as long as there is an Imagine.

If you are considering a gift to the endowment, either right now or as part of a giving plan or bequest, we have information available here. And thank you.

To make direct contributions please make checks payable to; The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.  Designate the "Imagine Supported Living Services Fund". Mail to;   Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, 7807 Soquel Dr., Aptos, Ca.  95003


-Submitted by Doug
HR Corner
Hello,

We're so happy that all of our clients are vaccinated and we appreciate all the staff who are vaccinated as well. We have loosened some restrictions and look forward to loosening others as public safety allows. As of now, there is no final answer on how easily a person who has been vaccinated can still spread the disease. We do want to have lots of conversations with you about your plans so that we can keep your coworkers safe. Please continue to discuss with your facilitator any travel or activities you plan that might raise the risk to your team.

Federal COVID pay, which had been scheduled to end at midnight has been extended through September. Please reach out to me if you need to miss work due to symptoms, exposure or the need to tend to a family member who is ill with COVID-19.

While the vaccine is a step forward in managing the spread of COVID-19, we must all remember that it will not completely eradicate the disease. Many people will continue to be at risk, especially those that are unable to get the vaccine because of preexisting conditions. Because of this we must remember not to let our guard down at work or in public spaces in your personal life. We encourage the continued use of KN95 Masks while on shift, as well as social distancing, frequent handwashing and disinfecting of high touch surfaces. 

If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out.

In Good Health, 

Patty Lopez 
HR Manager 
Imagine Supported Living Services 
831-464-8355 ext. 112
Cell: (831) 325-7760

In Loving Memory of Dana Hackett
Our dear sister, Dana Hackett, passed away on March 12 at the age of 62. She was a wonderful woman who will be missed. Alternately funny, sweet and grumpy and equally charismatic however you found her at the time.

She was a leader in our community, well known and thoroughly loved. She was a founder of Imagine Supported Living Services and of Claraty Arts. She participated in many programs and many jobs during her life in Santa Cruz County.

When Dana was born, in 1959, life expectancy for a person with Down Syndrome was 10 years. Soon after, according to her legend, she was abandoned by her birth family. In the six lifetimes to follow she built a formidable family. She has more best friends than most folks have cousins and it may well be that more people love her than share her last name.

Her leadership is obvious everywhere at Imagine, and there is no controversy that we would not be the community we are without Dana's guidance. Dana didn't push people to be good, kind, respectful or accepting. Instead she pulled people together around her. In that nearness, we became better, more thoughtful, more equal and a family.

Many hope for an afterlife free of defect, disability or limitation. It's hard to wish that for someone who did so much so wonderfully with the life she was given. But we remember her, continue her work and wish her spirit mirth.

-Submitted by Doug

Dana loved participating in the Special Olympics. If anyone wishes to honor her with a donation to that organization, we have set up an online fundraiser in her honor. You can find it here.

We made a video of photos from Dana's life. You can watch it here.
The ImagineNation Wander
Welcome to our new temporary spring Fundraiser, the Imagine Nation Wander. Because the Human Race was cancelled for 2021, the Imagine Fundraising Committee wanted to still do something on our own. Because of the pandemic, we wanted to do it together but remotely. This virtual event is scheduled for June 19. We think there will be t-shirts. We know there will be prizes.

How it works: On a platform yet to be determined, people can sign up to support Imagine as a fundraiser. Fundraisers will choose their own adventure- a hike, a kayak trip, a motorized wheelchair tour of a nearby town. Participants then let their social media friends and family know that they are supporting Imagine and why and what they plan to do on June 19. On the day itself, we will post pictures of our wander with hashtags which make it possible to watch all the adventures take place in real time. Something fun about this format- you don't have to be here in town to participate. Sign up wherever you are and do your wander.

Sponsorships Available: Along with fundraisers and participants, we are seeking sponsors who can contribute to the festivity. And by golly, we already have one: Aveanna Healthcare and its predecessor Premier Healthcare Services have sponsored the last half dozen Imagine Film Festivals and they have already signed up for the Imagine Nation Wander. Aveanna provides Financial Management Service support to participants in California's Self-Determination Program. We hope that members of our community considering self-determination will consider them. Please write to me, if you'd like an introduction.

Giving Back: One of the features we really like about the Human Race is that the non-profits support one another through a share of the funds raised. We wanted to keep that sense of community alive so Imagine will give 10% of the proceeds from this event to the Community Action Board of Santa Crus County, a local nonprofit that with the mission to eliminate poverty and create social change through essential services and advocacy.

Where to start: We will send out information in April including how to register. If you know you want to participate, or just want to make sure you get all the news as it comes out, write to our Office Manager, Lili.

-Submitted by Doug

Self-Determination
This month, the Independent Facilitator Roundtable will be this coming Wednesday, April 7 at 11AM. The Zoom link is right here.

-Doug
Person-Centered Thinking
In late February, we began a process that will lead to person-centered plans for emerging from the pandemic. Later this morning we'll be meeting to discuss their progress.

It's a good demonstration of how person-centered thinking can support supportive services. We will be taking into account not only the impact of a year in lockdown, but how the people we serve may have changed in their preferences, challenges that may come up as they face a less regulated world with a higher probability of facing a stranger and how to provide support to meet those challenges.

-Submitted by Doug
Transparency At Imagine
Our next board meeting will be held April 14th, at 11:00. This meeting will be once again on Zoom, with the prospect. of an in-person . Write to Lili if you'd like to attend. At the last meeting, the board discussed a continuation budget with new expenditures addressed individually.

We are still recruiting board members. We are working to diversify the board and to add a GAAP-trained treasurer. An attorney wouldn't be bad either.


-Submitted by Doug
Advocacy Corner
The state legislature has begun hearings on the Governor's budget. There are no cuts or increases to the Developmental Services budget anticipated but it will be worth watching to get a sense of how confident the state is in next year's budget, which might help us anticipate the budget for 2022-2023.


-Submitted by Doug
Appreciating Erik... 
Erik just celebrated his 2nd anniversary as an employee with Imagine. During that time he has grown into a very valuable member of each of the teams he is a part of. Most recently he has Joined Tom’s team as an overnight staff member.
 
The people he serves benefit greatly from his abilty to step outside of his comfort zone on their behalf. His patience and demeanor put all of those around him at ease.
 
Facilitators at Imagine really appreciate and take note of Erik’s willingness to step-in and cover shifts on short notice. He is also usually able to help cover shifts in advance when his colleagues need time off. We hope that Erik’s flexibility and selflessness will serve as an example to all of our staff as we put our heads down and continue to do our difficult work in our difficult time.


-Submitted by Dan
Spotlight on Jerico...
This month we would like to recognize Jerico as our client spotlight. Jerico has had a challenging year like all of us but has also had some extra stress with moving house, forrest fire evacuations, hotel quarantine drama as well the the stresses of every day life. Jerico has shown incredible maturity throughout this period and has been a great team player. Thank you Jerico for all your hard work, enjoy the new house and new bedroom! We look forward to seeing you at the next post-covid Imagine event!


-Submitted by Charlie
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Staff Birthdays

Gregory
Kennon
Robert F.
Sarah
Sharon
Mary
Cherice
Jessica O.
Stephanie S.


Staff Anniversaries

Dylan - 1 Year!
Drew - 4 Years!
Elena -- 4 Years!
Mary - 2 Years!
Cherice - 9 Years!
Sidney - 4 Years!
Cailin N. - 1 Year!
Pearl - 9 Years!
Noe - 1 Year!
Becky - 7 Years!
Mike - 8 Years!
Jose V. - 3 Years!