Volume 2018-23 | November 16, 2018
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IN-APSE Awards
At left, Jason Harris, accepts the Kirles/Byrkett Consumer Advocacy Award. At right, Madeline Webster accepts the Wendy Wood Award.
Jason Harris, Madeline Webster honored
At this year's 2018 Indiana Association of People Supporting Employment First ( IN-APSE ) conference, self-advocate Jason Harris received the Kirles/Byrkett Consumer Advocacy Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding community employment advocacy efforts in Indiana, by and for individuals with disabilities. It is named for two outstanding individuals, Sharon Byrkett and George Kirles, who were on the IN- APSE Board of Directors for years--as is Jason now--and both passed away in 2009. 

This award for Jason is even more meaningful because George Kirles was a longtime client of Stone Belt in the residential, employment and day programs. He worked at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community for 14 years before his retirement. 

Also at the conference, employment consultant Madeline Webster received the Wendy Wood Award, named for the founding executive director of APSE. This award recognizes emerging leaders in the field of supported employment who demonstrate, through their actions, active and effective leadership in moving toward complete involvement of people with disabilities in our society.

Congratulations, Jason and Madeline!
Ask Congress to #FundMFP

The future of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program that has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy!

Background:  MFP significantly improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities by assisting them to transition out of institutional settings. By favoring community-based services, states save money and see better outcomes. That's why nearly every state has participated in the program!

MFP expired September 30, 2016 , and states are running out of funding. Seven states are already out of funding and ALL programs will end by the end of 2018 . Congress must ACT NOW!

Independent evaluations have proven MFP improves the quality of life for individuals has and reduced Medicaid and Medicare expenditures by approximately 23%. Unfortunately, states have already stopped transitions to the community and are scaling back their programs, reducing dedicated staff and crucial resources.

Without action NOW, more people will be stuck in institutions.

Act Now:  Ask your Senators and Representatives to support and co-sponsor the Empower Care Act  (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306) which will improve and extend the program for five years.
We Need You — Come Work With Us!
As a Direct Support Professional (DSP) with Stone Belt, you will have an opportunity to work with some incredible individuals and provide an integral service to our community. You will assist our clients in leading self-directed lives and contributing to society. Our DSPs assist with activities of daily living and encourage our clients to exhibit attitudes and behaviors that promote community inclusion. In turn, you will walk away from work every day knowing that you have made a direct, positive impact on the life of someone in your community.

This position offers and requires a highly flexible schedule . The person serving in this role will be given a schedule a month at a time and will be scheduled between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. on weekends ( Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays — exact days to be determined with individual upon hire). You will be trained in multiple sites, allowing you the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the field and the individuals with whom you will work. The starting pay rate for this weekend floating position is $12 per hour.

For more information, contact:
(812)332-2168 ext. 261
2815 E. 10th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408
United We Fight. United We Win.
United Way and its member agencies fight for everyone in our community to learn more, earn more, and lead healthier, safer lives. Will you join the fight?  
Every day, United Way, Stone Belt , and 24 other certified member agencies fight for our neighbors so everyone has a true chance at a better life. United Way supports a range of services in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties like healthy meals, after-school programs, job supports, senior services, financial stability, safe housing, and health care that can help people create wins, both large and small. When our community works together, everyone is stronger. Donors like you are turning lives around every day.  
One in 3 lives in our community are impacted by your gift. Your donation stays local, ensuring people get the help they need right away and address underlying issues they face. Change doesn’t happen alone – when we team up together, the people in our community win! Please give generously today.  Stone Belt employees who donate will be eligible for prizes donated by the directors!
To see how your donation is fighting for your community throughout the year, visit  www.monroeunitedway.org/MyImpact .
Help Stone Belt when you buy food and gifts this season
As you prepare to buy gifts and food for your holiday celebrations, remember these easy ways to help Stone Belt and people with disabilities we support:
  • Kroger Plus Community Rewards program. Register your Kroger Plus card online and when you use it, Kroger will donate a portion of your purchase to Stone Belt. Register your card here!
  • AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com. Designate Stone Belt Arc to receive a percentage of your purchases.
For other ways you can support Stone Belt and people with developmental disabiltiies, contact Development Manager Adam Hamel at ahamel@stonebelt.org .
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