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November Newsletter 2022

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November is best known for Thanksgiving and Veterans Day among many other observances, and here at OEI, we like to focus on this month being the official month of gratitude and thankfulness.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”~ HENRY VAN DYKE

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Thanksgiving Holiday News

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On November 16th we will all gather together for the first time since the pandemic at East Auburn Baptist Church for our annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11a-1p. In keeping with OEI tradition, folks will be able to showcase their talent at the annual talent show following dinner from 1p-3p. A holiday photo opportunity will be available at this time as well. Please see the flyer below for details. 

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OEI Annual Kickball Tournament 2022

We had a blast at our annual kickball tournament last month on October 7th! It was so great to get together and burn some energy. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Rising Stars Therapeutic Farm

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Special Olympics Maine Equestrian 2022

What an amazing time the Rising Stars S.O. Equestrian Team had at this year's competition held in Skowhegan on October 1st! This year marked the 25th-anniversary celebration of the event. It was so wonderful to see everyone in person after 2 years of virtual competitions. Beautiful weather, incredible athletes, and a wonderful group of volunteers made this show one we will never forget!

Cash Calendars

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We sold raffle cash calendars in October, making this our fourth annual prize/cash calendar fundraiser to benefit the farm. Daily winners will be chosen in each region where we provide services in throughout November. We would like to recognize all donors who graciously donated to our Rising Stars Calendar Raffle fundraiser this year! Thank you!

The Cupcakery Cafe & Bake Shop

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Autumn skies and apple pies!

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Thanksgiving is upon us! Order all of your favorite holiday goodies from The Cupcakery Cafe & Bake Shop. All orders are due no later than 11/18 by close of business.

Give us a call or send us a message for more details.

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Starfish Greenhouse

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Got Turkey?

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We sure do!

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Out & About In The Community

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Autumn Ball 2022

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Enjoying a cruise on The Songo River Queen II

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Happiness in the company of friends

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Visiting the historic Lovejoy Covered Bridge in Andover 

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Panning for gold @ Coos Canyon Rock and Gift in Byron

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Enjoying the crisp fall weather in Maine

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Fun and adventure at the Fryeburg Fair!

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Apple picking at Ricker Hill Orchards 

Enjoying the western Maine views at Bull Rock

Day trip to visit Cape Elizabeth, a place of history and lighthouses

Welcome New Team Members

Ashley Perry – Assistant Program Manager

Tatum Brown – Direct Support Professional

Kelly Fuller – Direct Support Professional

Esther Nsenga – Direct Support Professional

Blese Sambo - Direct Support Professional

Taylor Bryant – Direct Support Professional

April Deroche – Direct Support Professional

Maryan Abdirahman – Direct Support Professional

Abdullahi Bare – Direct Support Professional

Alaina Maillet - Community Case Manager

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Employee Highlight

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This month we would like to recognize Arlene Welch. Arlene works as a Direct Support Professional in our Mexico Region. In August Arlene hit her 8-year anniversary with OEI! Arlene is the type of team member we all want on our team. She is dependable and trustworthy and honest. She is kind and is always willing to lend a hand to others. But above all, Arlene sets the bar high when providing quality services to the individuals she supports. Arlene is never one that looks for recognition but she most certainly deserves it! Thank you Alrene for all you do each and every day. We are grateful you are part of the OEI Family. 

Kindness Activity

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October Kindness Recap:

OEI participated in a non-perishable food drive in the month of October, distributing all donations to local food pantries for families in need within our communities. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated! 

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"Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have."

~ Catherine Pulsifer

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