Imagine That...October 2021
In Loving Memory of Dean Wilson and Dana Hackett
The Imagine Endowment
We have started an endowment to support Imagine's future. Beginning next year, Imagine will receive regular payments of the returns from these funds. Initially, we expect the impact to be small but as the endowment grows, it holds the promise of helping Imagine help others through hard times to come.

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
The Service Sector
Hello Imagine Family!

September was a busy month to say the least and our support systems were tested across multiple teams. During times like this we look for opportunities to evaluate these support systems and identify where our processes are effective and where they need work. Feedback is always welcome. One thing that always continues to inspire me is when I see co-workers and families stepping up and going the extra mile during challenging times. As an agency we never want to take this for granted and need to remember to celebrate these individuals as often as we can.
This month our facilitator team focused on several different areas. Firstly, we looked at our SLS monthly house meetings. These meetings are scheduled each month and normally involve everyone on the consumers team which can include staff, parents, management, and occasionally external supports like behavioral therapists. The pandemic threw a huge wrench in how we do these, and we had to get used to zoom meetings like the rest of the world. Though meeting in person has considerable benefits, zoom does offer a convenience that makes it much easier for the whole team to get together at the same time. Whether teams are running well or having challenges these meeting are so valuable for communication, problems solving, training, and creating a sense of unity. For new and experienced facilitators my goal is to have these meetings be prioritized each month as an essential tool for each program. As I mentioned last month if parents or staff would like to discuss the function of house meetings or any concerns they have I am very happy to schedule a time to meet. 
This month we also reviewed how we complete our ongoing trainings for each of our staff. These can range from consumer specific trainings to generic trainings that apply to every house. This can be a challenge with an agency with well over 100 employees like ours but is essential to providing quality services and promoting continuous improvement. Over the next few months, we will be trialing a tracking system for each staff member to ensure continuous training is accomplished and effective. As always feedback is welcome and appreciated. 
Ok back to work for me but again to those superstars that are going the extra mile and supporting us during this period I can’t thank you enough. Let’s all look forward to beach bonfires, film festivals, dances, boat trips, holiday parties and all the things we used to do that made our community so great!
Until next time!
Charlie Miller
Director of Services 
Imagine Supported Living Services
9065 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003
Office: (831) 464-8355 ext. 103
Mobile: (831) 428-1731

HR Corner
Hello Everyone, 

We have recently received the expected Vaccine mandate that will require Imagine caregivers to be vaccinated by November 30th. Understandably, we expect our employees to have varying feeling about this including relief, worry, or maybe even anger and frustration. This pandemic has brought very new experiences for all of us, and a mandated vaccine is certainly one that has received a lot of attention and created strong opposing sides. 

We would like to say that Imagine as a company respects and values everyones opinions and we validate your feelings toward this vaccine, whatever they may be. 

Imagine has also taken many steps throughout this pandemic to ensure the safety of our clients and employees. Following the vaccine recommendations was one of them, and enforcing the vaccine mandate will follow. 

This means that every employee at Imagine must be fully vaccinated by November 30, 2021 in order to continue working with us.

If you have a medical or religious reason that you cannot receive the vaccine, please contact me immediately so that we can set up a plan for weekly COVID testing, which will need to begin the week of November 30th. 

I encourage anyone that does not know where to get a vaccine to reach out to us for support. 

I am also available if you would like to discuss this mandate or process any concerns. 

Those of you who are fully vaccinated already, please make sure to send me a copy of your vaccine card as soon as you can in order to make this process as simple as possible. 

Once again, we appreciate everyone that has gone through this pandemic with us, we are always here for you if you need support. 

In Good Health, 

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

Self-Determination is now available for any regional center client who chooses it. That's a wonderful change to what has been, until now, a very challenging but rewarding way of helping a select few. Whoever wants it was always the ideal constituency for this program. Although Imagine does not provide Independent Facilitation services, several of our employees have started side businesses facilitating person-centered plans and support for people in self-determination. If you would like to know more about self-determination, or want help finding an Independent Facilitator, please don't hesitate to contact me. Also, if you are a service provider interested in or worried about serving people through self-determination, I urge you to speak with me.

This month, the Independent Facilitator Roundtable will be this coming this very morning, October 6 at 11AM (Cumpleanos saludus, Enrique.) The Zoom link is right here. I'm pretty sure. If it doesn't work, email me in a hurry.

-Submitted by Doug
Community Connections
Unfortunately another in person gathering does not seem to be in the cards this season. Please keep safe and don’t pass the bug! 

I continue to explore the online offerings of “Protected Tomorrows” that consider issues of special needs planning for my special needs daughter beyond my lifetime. I heard a talk last night about the roles that might populate the “Dream Team” list and the importance of having that info organized, updated, and made familiar to other team members. It made me realize how I’m increasingly relying on Imagine to be the keeper of the details of my child’s support network. Let me know if you would like the “dream team” worksheet that was offered with the presentation. You can check out their site at 

Susan Douglass, Imagine parent, BOD member     831-818-2501
Transparency At Imagine
Our next board meeting will be held October 20, at 11:00. Write to me if you'd like to attend. Imagine's finances did not immediately rebound following the end of the riskiest part of the pandemic and we'll discussing why and how to repair the trouble.

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
There are a few open policy issues that we want our community aware of. The state has applied to the federal government, and will likely get approval for, signing and retention bonuses for direct care staff working for IHSS and in similar positions. As of right now, it does not appear that regional center vendor employees will be included. But it is also not at all clear that good advocacy around this can't lead to direct care staff being included. Imagine management will be doing all we can. If you are not used to doing advocacy with the State, it would be an easy step to call or write your local State Assemblymember and State Senator and ask that you would like I/DD direct care employees to be included in the $500 signing and retention bonuses outlined in the "state's HCBS spending plan."

As ever, Imagine's advocacy gets split between management's work with the California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN) and whatever you all choose to do. Consider a conversation with a legislator. If you would like to receive CDCAN updates, write to Marty Omoto, which you can do by clicking here.

-Submitted by Doug
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Staff and Client Birthdays

Cailin N.
Leslie Ros.

Staff Anniversaries

Tristan, 1 year
John A. 1 year
Aliah, 1 year
Kenia, 1 year
Myrissa, 1 year
Cynthia, 1 year (this time)
Alexa, 2 years
Alexandra, 2 years
Leslie Rob. 4 years!
Lluvia, 4 years!
Rachel, 7 years!!
Kristin, 7 years!!
Rosa, 8 years!!!