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Imagine That . . . March 2020

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Help support Imagine!

Ashlee and Simone at Night to Shine!

Jordan, Drea, and Abra!

Celebrating Dana's birthday!

Chris at the Valentine's Day party!

Briana volunteering!

Karen meeting her new cat!

Stephanie, Vanessa, and Chris!

Sophie at the Valentine's Day party!

Imagine's 2020 Valentine's Day party!

Briana in the middle of an audition!

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Big Events and Pandemics

Dear Imagine friends and family,

This is a tricky month.  There's some fun stuff coming up and, as of yet, no pandemic in Santa Cruz County.  We need to protect each other and those we serve so please do read the  Human Resources Column , especially if you work at Imagine. We are developing a plan for a possible pandemic reaching this area and will  be rolling it out over the next week. This newsletter is step 1.

But, we also want everyone to understand that as of this writing (2/28) the Centers for Disease Control considers the risk of infection to non-healthcare workers to be low.  Because Imagine staff work with single individuals, it seems reasonable to believe that for now, our risk remains low.  We will continue monitoring, planning and communicating while we learn about this new virus. You can keep up, if you are concerned, at the CDC website dedicated to this disease, the link is here

Turning now to why we live anyhow, there are some great events coming up. On the 28th of this month, Imagine will be going on a little boat ride.  See below for more information.  

The following big event comes in early April when Imagine will host a book event with author Marc Sander.  Our neighbor in Watsonville, Marc's Aspberger Syndrome went undiagnosed until well into his adulthood, leaving him alone with the puzzle of why social rules and relationships were so hard to navigate. The Driveway Rules is his memoir of coming to understand himself and the baffling rest of us.  You can buy it here (or buy it here on April 8.) Please do join us. Refreshments will be served and Marc has generously offered to donate $1 for every copy sold at that site in April to Imagine.

And save another date: I'm telling you about it now so no excuses- Imagine's Film Festival has been booked for October 8th at The Colligan Theater. Patty is back and organizing with a vengeance.

Finally, the Human Race is a coming.  Fundraising will begin on the 25th and you should probably expect to hear from captains Drea and Lili right about then and pretty often thereafter.

In our Advocacy Corner, I scribbled something so the box is here next month too.

"Progress" on the Strategic Plan is updated and reported below.

This month, our  Person Centered Evolution  column this month  an update on our progress towards "Person-centered Everything."

There are actual people being actually served through the  Self-Determination Program. One Imagine employee took off to L.A. this weekend with one of them..

The  Transparency column includes information about board openings, the date of our next board meeting, and to tell you more than that would give it all away.

The appreciations this month are for  Tanya and    Ashlee.

As ever, if you have any questions, feedback or concerns, please don't hesitate to get in touch.  You can write me here.

Gratefully yours,


HR Corner- Prevent Infection

It is very important to prevent transmission of coronavirus. Imagine has begun planning for a pandemic alert, including by updating our emergency packs at each clients house and reviewing our policies for Universal precautions and Infectious diseases. Here is a link to our policy.
One of the most important things to remember during this time is to stay home if you are sick and to ask your supervisor for support if you are feeling unsure about someone showing symptoms on your team. We can all work together to keep ourselves and our clients safe by following recommended precautions. If you have a fever, please do not return to work until your temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees for 24 hours.
Here are a few recommendations from the CDC for dealing with coronavirus:
CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak.
Follow this link for a full list of recommendations:

Patty Lopez 
HR Coordinator 
Imagine Supported Living Services 
831-464-8355 ext. 212
Upcoming Event

Once again, this year, with some shrewd negotiating and generous boat owners allow Imagine to organize a harbor cruise. See the flyer above for details and contact Cap'n Charlie with any questions.
Save The Date

Mark Sander is a local writer and friend of Imagine who will be reading from his memoir of navigating relationships with Aspbergers on April 8 from 6-8 PM.   Along with the reading, and the refreshments, there will be a Question & Answer session and some good, old-fashioned being together with a topic. Please join us.  Also, I betcha Marc will sign a copy of his book for you.

- submitted by Doug  
Person-Centered Evolution

I met with Facilitators during February to select one new person-centered thinking tool to use with each of their clients. The goal is to increase the use of these tools in order to promote rigorous person-centered thinking in our services.

-Submitted by Doug

Strategic Plan Update

The Strategic Plan undergoes reviews and updates every other month -- and the next update will take place at the end of this month. There have not been any recent or significant changes to the Strategic Plan. Here is the most updated version of the document you can view. 

-Submitted by Lili

Self-Determination Learning Community

The Self-Determination Independent Facilitator Network (formerly the Self-Determination Learning Community) will meet Wednesday, March 4, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM at the State Council's Regional Office: 2580 First Street in San Jose, suite 240.  I hope to be there to welcome you this month.

There remains a need for person-centered planners to assist individuals with developmental disabilities, although the community has responded and this will help many in the traditional program to find facilitators for their own person-centered plans.

-Submitted by Doug
Transparency At Imagine

Our next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at 11 in Imagine's Village Hall.  The meeting agenda will include the budget proposal for fiscal year 2020-2021.  Do your taxes then come join us.

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. .

We have begun our 2018-2019 fiscal year audit and falling behind again.  Have mercy.

-Submitted by Doug
Advocacy Corner

The Governor's budget for 2020-2021 came out on schedule. There were few surprises and none to the downside. 

The Oversight, Accountability and Transparency Workgroup of the Developmental Services Task Force will meet March 23 in Pomona.

As other meetings are scheduled, we'll try to keep you up to date in this space and on Facebook so you can participate if you wish. For (just barely) more on the Task Force and workgroups, you can find the Department of Developments Services page here.

-Submitted by Doug
Appreciating Tanya .... 

This month I would like to acknowledge Tanya for being a central participant in the progress of her housemate's services. Tanya has always had the most genuine intentions in not only helping consumers reach their goals, but also to strive for even higher outcomes. I have noticed over the years that her person-centered approach to quality care has been focused on offering a space for our clients to practice self-reflection and explore ways to advance their own skills and independence. I appreciate Tanya's vast knowledge of this field, and her ability to draw from personal and work experiences when thinking about how to make our consumers' services feel more organic and natural. Her devotion to going above and beyond with communication has made it that much easier to manage the programs she has joined, and I am grateful for her commitment to strategizing and problem solving. Thank you, Tanya, for continuing to remain dedicated in supporting your housemate reach their highest potential.

-Submitted by Cherice 

Spotlight on Ashlee ... 

Ashlee is such a smart and warm young lady. She enjoys spending time with her family, staff, and her best friend Jordan. Window shopping and mall walking are just a few of the things she enjoys doing when she has free time. Our agency enjoys the joy and humor she brings her home every day!

-Submitted by Drea 


Birthdays & Anniversaries


Staff Birthdays








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Staff Anniversaries


Dafne -- 3 Years!

Hanna -- 1 Year!

Janet --  3 Years!

Erik --  1 Year!



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