September 2018 e-news from
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Developing Potential Annual Community Recognition Gala
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Unity Village
This year's theme is Building Lives.  Click here to purchase tickets or sponsorship packages.
Thank you to our donors
July and August 2018
Patti Allison
Rick Bowman
Dennis and Vicki Bullard
Shirley Crims
Denise and Wayne Edwards
Carrol Green
John and Kimberly Johnson
Dale and Deb Parson
Pizza Ranch
Rotary Club of Lee's Summit
SocialHeart, Inc.
Ed and Charlotte Van Haele

Gala donations:
Big Whiskey's
Bolero Spa
Jeff and Rebecca Case
Country Club Bank
Drury Hotels
Edible Arrangements
Engineering Solutions
First Watch
Folly Theater
Freddy's Frozen Custard
Freedom Enterprises
Jackson County Parks and Rec
Jaegerz Laser Tag
Kansas City TBones
Los Cabos
Mantel-Teter Architects
McLain's Bakery
Metal Sales Manufacturing
Missouri Botanical Garden
National World War I Museum
Neighborhood Cafe
Nick and Jake's
Powell Gardens
Raising Cane's
Salty Iguana
Science City at Union Station
Summit Hickory Pit Barbecue
Talk of the Town
The Coterie
Schlafly Tap Room
Unicorn Theater
United Office Products
Waldo Pizza
Waterway Car Wash
DPI is expanding to meet
the needs of the community!
In 2017, Developing Potential kicked off a campaign to expand services in order to meet the needs of those seeking services and to further meet the needs of the individuals we serve. This is a huge undertaking for our agency and we want you to be a part of it!

At DPI, we believe that there are a number of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our community who see the value of supporting our most vulnerable citizens. We are providing the vehicle for that support through our Building Lives campaign. The goal of this campaign is to construct a building that will be a gathering place where individuals can receive supports, a place for the community to engage with individuals that have developmental disabilities, and a launching point for services and supports in the larger community.

The new facility will help provide on-site medical support day services, holistic programming and offsite programming models. The goal is to provide individuals in the community needed supports over the life span. The new facility will have our DPI Enrichment Center with yoga and wellness class opportunities.

Not having access to services can mean a complete disconnection from the community for some individuals. We offer a way for individuals to continue to build skills, socialize with peers, provide volunteer services, and become a part of their community through work, service, learning and/or social interaction.

Expansion of our facilities will also allow expansion of programming for all we serve. The new facility envisions a coffee shop, multi purpose space, expanded space for health and wellness, arts, music, sensory and therapy.

Please be a part of Building Lives by making a contribution today and by contacting us to find out how you can support our efforts.
DPI Health and Wellnesss:
A Taste of the Autumn Harvest
Just because the warm summer days are coming to the end doesn’t mean the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables are also ending. When the air turns cool and the trees turn to shades of red and orange, it is time to start filling our baskets with the taste of Fall.

Fall crops offer a range of robust flavors and textures. Your local grocery stores and farmers’ markets are full of apples, figs, pears, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. As the season changes to cooler weather why not take the opportunity to try some new and exciting recipes featuring Fall produce.

There are thousands of varieties of apples, ranging from tender to crisp and sweet to tart. Although apples are available year around they’re best from September to November. When selecting apples look for firm, vibrantly colored apples with no bruises. They should smell fresh, nut musty. Skins should be tight and smooth.

While most mushrooms are available year-round, many are at their peak freshness in fall and winter. To select look for firm, evenly colored mushrooms. Avoid mushrooms that are broken, damaged, or have soft spots, as well as those that seem damp or smell of mildew. 

Winter Squash
Winter Squash are picked in the Autumn and are stored until spring. Some popular varieties are acorn, butternut, and spaghetti. The tastiest winter squashes will be solid and heavy with stems that are full, firm, and have a corky feel. The skin of the squash should be deeply colored with a matte finish. Avoid squash with cracks, soft spots, and moldy areas.

Sweet Potatoes
There are two common types of sweet potatoes-pale-skinned and dark-skinned. The pale sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin and a pale yellow flesh. After it is cooked, it has a dry, crumbly texture, like a white baked potato, and its flavor is not sweet. The darker variety has a thicker skin and a bright orange flesh that is very sweet and moist when cooked. When selecting a sweet potato look for small to medium-sized with few bruises and smooth skin.

Pears are sweet and spicy, with a subtle aroma. Although a pear is usually thought of as a fruit to be eaten in its natural state, it can be just as versatile as the apple, especially during its peak season. When selecting pears test for ripeness by applying light thumb pressure near the pear’s stem. If it is ripe, there will be a slight give.

The list of Fall fruits and veggies is endless, this is only a few of my favorites. This Autumn I encourage to try a new recipes with one of these delectable items. 
DPI In The Community:
DPI was featured in the Lee's Summit Lifestyle September 2018 publication.
Check us out on pages 52-53. Click here.

DPI also contributes to each publication of Parenting Children With Special Needs by providing articles relevant to parenting adults with special needs. Read about The Road to Independence on pages 20-21. Click here.
Click here to find out how to join our team!
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