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Photos from Rimland’s Fall Fundraiser

The Blue Adapters

Last Sunday, November 12, good vibes were in abundance at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Armitage Street location. Rimland clients, staff, family members, friends, and supporters

picked up “Good Vibrations” as we listened to the sounds of talented bands performing familiar favorites.

Erin Egan and Josh McGowan

Attendees had opportunities to bid at a silent auction,

Shhh. It’s a silent auction.

buy tickets to a 50/50 raffle, purchase candles and cards crafted by Rimland clients,

Handmade cards

Beautiful candles

nosh on sandwiches and snacks,

and catch up with old and new friends,

Friends

all in support of Rimland’s fall fundraiser “Good Vibrations.”

All hands were on deck!

May I help you?

 

Thanks to Steve Levitt and all who came out to support Rimland!

A record-breaking Client Trip

Rimland took its largest client trip ever to Anaheim, California, this month. Fourteen clients and five Rimland staff members (including a registered nurse, a Health & Wellness team member, and a contracted behavioral specialist) went on the five-day trip. The group enjoyed a diverse array of activities, including the beach,

Disneyland, an ice hockey game (Canadiens vs. Kings at the Staples Center—the game was a big hit with the clients!),

and Knotts Berry Farm. In addition, the group rode roller coasters,

went to many restaurants, and visited the MovieLand Wax Museum. Accommodations were enviable. The group stayed in a 10-bedroom rental home that slept up to 29 people, with plenty of space, a pool,

and a sauna. The unprecedented scale of the trip is a testament to Rimland’s growth and enduring commitment to community integration.

Staff News: Relias Conference Update

Michael presents to the conference

In October, we reported that Associate Executive Directors Tammie McClendon and Michael Christopher recently attended a Relias (healthcare learning and training organization) conference where they were invited to speak about Rimland’s unique merit-based pay (MPB) structure and how this innovative process helps us to recruit and retain excellent direct service professionals.

We’d like to share more about their experience at the conference, along with details about Rimland’s pay system. Michael and Tammie attended sessions on Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD), culture, best practices for staff retention and supervision, and more.

At the conference

They presented about Rimland’s merit pay system. Michael spoke to RimlandNews about the talk. “We presented on what a merit pay system is and how other places use it,” he explained. “We showed them our structure and our format for it. Our system rewards our staff for the work that they do. They can see a difference in their pay every month as long as they follow the criteria.  They no longer have to wait a year or longer for a work evaluation.”

Some highlights from their presentation include:

  • MPB payment model offers financial incentives for meeting certain performance measures.
  • MBP helps employers to differentiate between the performance of high and low performing employees and reward the performance of the higher performers.
  • MPB Improves competitiveness and staff can take ownership of their work.
  • MBP helps to bring in new employees and retain employees. It puts a real value on the DSP’s worth. DSPs are Rimland’s backbone!

“Currently, I believe we are the only ones that have this system,” Michael continued.  “Other places just give employees raises after their evaluation, if at all. Our way is better, because staff have full responsibility of deciding what their pay will be, not us.“

Michael and Tammie reported that the attendees were very engaged in the session. Several agencies are now considering following Rimland’s lead and switching to a merit pay structure. Michael and Tammie were asked to speak at the conference again next year. Congratulations, Michael and Tammie!

Michael Christopher

Another Home for the Holidays

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased a new community-based residence. We are especially thankful to have achieved this purchase because the need is so great and many clients are interested in becoming a part of Rimland’s residential community. This most recent purchase is Rimland’s 19th residence and our 12th in Evanston. Planning for the new residence is already underway, and we will be commencing renovations on the home soon. Stay tuned to RimlandNews: we will be excited to share news of the finished product once renovations are complete!

LinkedIn and HookedUp

Laptop lifesavers

Rimland would like to thank LinkedIn for their continued support. In mid-October, they donated 54 laptops and accessories to Rimland! They have made similar donations like these in the past—we have been receiving donations from LinkedIn since 2013—and they are such a big help to us. We are constantly in need of laptops, but they are very expensive. By providing laptops, LinkedIn allows us to devote our funds directly to our clients while also providing staff with the technology they need to perform their jobs well. This is a great example of how for-profits and non-profits can work together for the common good.

 

Odds and Ends

Cupcakes!

Happy Halloween!

To celebrate Halloween, we had a pumpkin picking party this year. Clients got to pick up pumpkins and place them in a basket. This was fun for all and also good exercise because they worked on stretching their backs, arms, legs, and bending their knees and hips, etc.  We also had music, face painting, and Taylor Wimberly made 150 delicious Halloween-themed cupcakes!

Social Dance

Rimland has contracted a two-person ensemble called Jutta and the Hi-Dukes to work with the clients in social dance sessions at the Developmental Training Center (DT) on Mondays and Wednesdays. Jutta and the Hi-Dukes teach cultural dances from all over the world.

Dancing like no one is watching.

All clients and classes are welcome to participate and really enjoy the dancing. It’s a great way to get exercise, listen to music, and have fun together.

 

Come Support Rimland This Sunday, November 12!

 

Don’t forget to come and support Rimland at Good Vibrations! A benefit musical celebration and fundraiser with silent auction and raffle.

Sunday, November 12, 4:30-8:30 pm at the

Old Town School of Folk Music

909 West Armitage

Chicago, Illinois 60614

You’ll see and hear some great musical performances, including:

The Old Town School Musicians

Tangent, featuring Steve Levitt

FlatTop

Erin Egan and Josh McGowan

& many more!

Advance tickets $20 by phone (847) 328-4090 or mail at Rimland Services, 1265 Hartrey, Evanston, Illinois 60202
Tickets at the door $25

Questions or interest in volunteering for the event? Please email Laura Egan at legan@rimland.org

Come join us for some Good Vibrations! A benefit musical celebration and fundraiser for Rimland with silent auction and raffle.

Sunday, November 12, 4:30-8:30 pm at the

Old Town School of Folk Music

909 West Armitage

Chicago, Illinois 60614

See and hear some great musical performances, including:

The Old Town School Musicians

Tangent, featuring Steve Levitt

FlatTop

Erin Egan and Josh McGowan

& many more!

Advance tickets $20 by phone (847) 328-4090 or mail at Rimland Services, 1265 Hartrey, Evanston, Illinois 60202
Tickets at the door $25

Questions or interest in volunteering for the event? Please email Laura Egan at legan@rimland.org

Holiday cards are in!

Rimland Santa Christmas Card

They’re here!! As part of Rimland’s Cards and Candles initiative, we have begun selling handmade holiday cards – specially crafted by the individuals supported by Rimland – in variety packs of 12 for $15.Rimland Winter Wonderland Christmas Card

This is a wonderful way to be ready for the holidays while supporting the efforts of Rimland’s clients. Visit our online order form to view the options and order your cards today.

Rimland Reindeer Christmas Card

Baby, you can drive my…van!

On October 6, Rimland recieved two mini vans that were awarded to Rimland as the award for the vehicle grant Rimland submitted to the Illinois Department of Transportation in 2016. These are the sixth and seventh vehicles we have received through two grant cycles (2014 and 2016) from the Illinois Department of Transportation. We look forward to submitting an application next year as well.

Electric light savings time

This month, Rimland received grant funds from the Evanston Community Foundation Climate Action Fund. The money will be used to purchase motion sensor lighting in our eleven Evanston residences. Motion sensor lighting will not only reduce our energy costs but is great for the environment. This grant initiative is just one example of Rimland’s commitment to sustainable housing and our partnership with the Evanston Community. The sensors will go in the kitchen, bathroom, living room, and hallways of each home. Here is the link to the specific sensor we will be purchasing.

October Odds and Ends…

 

Rimland has begun using the company Gourmet Gorilla as our lunch provider. Gourmet Gorilla features organic, portion-controlled, healthy food. Check out their website to find out more about the company.

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Associate Executive Directors Tammie McClendon and Michael Christopher recently attended a Relias Conference where they were invited to speak about Rimland’s unique merit-based pay structure and how this innovative process helps us to recruit and retain excellent direct service professionals.

 

Announcing Rimland’s Fall Benefit: Good Vibrations!

Get ready to feel some Good Vibrations! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend our fall benefit and musical extravaganza on November 12 at the Old Town School of Folk Music. “Good Vibrations” will feature local bands performing a variety of musical genres, a silent auction, food galore, and fun, fun, fun!
The full slate of musical guests will be revealed in the days to come, but here’s the skinny:

What: Good Vibrations: Rimland’s Fall Benefit
When: November 12, 2017, 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Where:

Old Town School of Folk Music (Armitage)
909 W Armitage Ave

Chicago, IL

See you there!

We appreciate our Direct Support Professionals!

A Portillo’s Feast

 

 

On Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd, Rimland hosted Direct Support Professional appreciation events. Friday’s event was a catered lunch from Portillo’s, and Saturday’s featured a catered brunch from Panera Bread.

 

 

The events included massages offered by a professional massage company, a raffle with a variety of gift card prizes, including $50 gift cards, movie gift cards, restaurant gift cards, Amazon gift cards, and Starbucks gift cards); and a presentation of certificates with a $50 gift card to recognize Direct Support Professionals who have demonstrated a long term commitment to Rimland, our most improved Direct Support Professionals, and our most reliable Direct Support Professionals.

 

Award recipients included:

Long Term Dedicated Commitment of 7+ years: Sylvia Malone, Sam Bolian, Omolade Tucker, Stephanie Mathis, Yommy Shokunbi, Sekinat Solebo, Terrance Fortenberry and Joseph Adebayo

Most Improved Direct Support Professional: Elena Mendoza, Wanda Smith, and Kay Solomon

Most Reliable Direct Support Professional (willingness to work all locations and shifts with minimal call-offs): Reuben Wabomnor, Sam Bolian, Omolade Tucker, Tete Bahun-Wilson and Sekinat Solebo

Rimland’s 100% Rating

In late September, Rimland completed the annual Department of Human Services Developmental Training survey. At the end of each survey a percentage and level is awarded to the agency. This year Rimland’s outcome was a 100% compliance and award Level 1! We look forward, as always, to improvimg our outcome next year, but most of all, we aim to improve our services as we strive for the greatest for all those we support.

Candles coming!

A client works on a holiday card

We are just about ready to launch our new enterprise: selling candles for the holidays. We will also be selling homemade holiday cards created by the individuals supported by Rimland. In October we will be sending out information on how to purchase cards and candles for the holidays. Stay tuned for full details in the October issue of RimlandNews!

 

September Odds and Ends…

  • T-Wall 64 Reminder: We would like to send out a reminder to everyone about our GoFundMe page for the T –Wall 64. We received funding from the Niles Township Grant that covers part of the cost but will need donations to make up for the deficit. https://www.gofundme.com/rimlands-tech-fitness-initiative

  • Labor Day Party: Clients celebrated Labor Day with our annual picnic. They had hamburgers, fries, cookies, and soda, all while enjoying the sunshine.

  • Energy Savings: Rimland recently did an analysis of electricity consumption between a 4-person CILA that has motion sensor lighting and all energy-efficient appliances and one that does not. The average monthly savings were $42.07. The data show Rimland’s commitment not just to creating CILAs that are positive, safe environments for individuals with autism, but that are also environmentally friendly. We have been purchasing energy-efficient appliances for several years now and plan to continue this while reaping the savings as well.

 

 

Learning the ropes

Margarita at Rimland

Margarita Stoimenova, a college intern with Neumann Family Services in Chicago, contacted Rimland to meet with us, discuss our programs, and gather ideas on how to improve the programming at Neumann for adults with developmental disabilities. This is Margarita’s second summer interning with Neumann. She met with Terrance Wimberly and Carolyn Keel to learn more about how Rimland provides excellent programming. They also toured one of the homes in our Residential Program to observe the innovative ways in which Rimland is supporting adults with autism.

Like a good neighbor…

Good neighbors from Heeyoung Kim State Farm

Three employees from the Heeyoung Kim State Farm agency in Skokie, IL, came to one of the homes in our residential program and painted the back porch.

We thank them for reaching out to us and seeking opportunities to volunteer. This is a great example of community-building relationships in the Evanston/Skokie area.

Save the last dance

Swing your partner…

Several Rimland clients attended a social dancing event in July at Evanston City Hall. The participants enjoyed the music, dancing, and interactions. This was a fun event and a new way for them to get active and involved in the community.