Justina works hard each shift she has at the McDonald’s in Coshocton. She is quickly learning many of the different stations and does them all very well! She has even been learning how to take orders and process payments at the drive thru window! We have loved watching her blossom at this wonderful opportunity!
Gloria and Dorothy are a wonderful pair! Gloria lives with Dorothy in her home and helps her live as independently as she can. They have been together for 22 years. Gloria can’t imagine her life without Dorothy and their dog Sadie. They enjoy spending time at home and going on vacation to the beach.
Connie recently started working with Gabby and her family. Gabby loves getting to spend time with Connie whenever she can! Connie and Gabby love going out to different places- especially McDonalds! French fries and chicken nuggets make Gabby light up and smile! Gabby has grown so much since she started working with Connie- it’s a wonderful thing when you can watch a child learn and grow.
Javanna and Jason… Jason and Javanna--- throw Jacob into the mix and it’s the three musketeers! Those three will have you in stitches the entire time you get to hang out with them! They love getting to go to ball games, out to eat and participate in Special Olympics basketball, softball and more! The relationship that these three have with each other is so genuine- they’re basically family.
David and Deana—where to begin?! They met a number of years ago when Deana worked for Hopewell Industries before they privatized. Once that happened, she decided to go off on her own to become an independent provider. She and David have continued working together and they consider themselves family! David loves to spend time with Deana, her husband and their family. Recently, he learned how to drive the family tractor! You can clearly see how much they care for each other and how strong their bond is!
Stephanie started working with Kaden just a few short months ago, but in that time they have formed such a strong bond! She works with him a few times a week and they enjoy learning how to go to restaurants and she takes him to his appointments. She has been working diligently with him to help him learn how to order his own food and how to pay for his food when they go out to eat. She said that her favorite thing about working with Kaden is when they have been working diligently on something and she sees him have his “ah-ha!” moment! She loves it when she can help him learn new skills to be as independent as he possibly can. She can’t imagine doing anything else now that she has had this opportunity to help others.
As March comes to a close, it’s so wonderful to take some time to reflect on how amazing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is. We have been honored to be able to host our annual coloring and essay contest with all public schools in Coshocton County, held our annual Kiwanis Track and Field Days for youth and adults, competed in Special Olympics State Championship tournaments, held our annual Staff Vs. Players game, and we had an amazing luncheon where we were able to honor so many great community leaders who make Coshocton County so amazing to live, work and thrive in.
At our DD Month Luncheon we discussed how technology can assist people who have developmental disabilities be more independent and have fuller lives. We were also able to honor 7 different people/groups who make Coshocton County so amazing.
Local Hero Award: Frank Luce, RHDD
Employer Award: Fanatics
Community Partner Award: Wilma Griffith, Family Physicians
Dedication Award: Chaz Matthews, Captial Prosthetics & Orthotics
Dedication Award: Katie Christner, Hopewell Industries
Individual Spotlight Award: Todd Walker
Individual Spotlight Award: Jalen Berry
Thank you for making Coshocton County so great!
The Hopewell Indians Red team fought and climbed their way into the final championship game against Franklin Columbus Schools Green Comet team on March 23, 2019. The final game was a battle to the finish- the Indians did the best that they could and came in second in the state of Ohio! Great job athletes, coaches and volunteers!
Happy Holidays from the staff and families at Hopewell School & The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities! Thank you for making 2018 such a wonderful year!
Jamie received his Associates Degree in Greenhouse Production & Management, but was having difficulties finding a job that matched his interests. Through the help of The Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Jamie was able to start his own business doing what he loves- woodworking! Check out his video below to get his full story!