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Sycamore Services, Inc. makes a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental delays, Autism and others experiencing daily challenges by providing individualized training and services to increase independence and enhance their quality of life.
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One Mother’s Comments
Recently, a mother of one of our consumers sent this note to Bill Kelsay, Director of Community/Day Programs.
“After a very stressful yet successful day, I was blessed to come home and take some quick shots of my babygirl and her amazing assistant, Elaina. Its one thing to have a great person to care for your child in your absence, but it’s an awesome feeling to know that the person who’s caring for your child, truly cares for her!!! It truly does a mother’s heart good! For that, I thank God!!!”
Sycamore’s Direct Service Personnel go through an intensive orientation that include individual specific training to help them learn about the individuals they will be serving. We take pride in selecting employees who see their value in what they do and who they serve. Elaina has taken a step beyond that of a caregiver to becoming a friend.
March 29 A Day for Awareness
March is national Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and The Arc invites you to join in a grassroots initiative to help raise awareness about people with I/DD. As providers of services to people trying to overcome barriers to daily living, we continually seek to increase knowledge and understanding about those we serve. But, barriers aren’t always about the width of a doorway, or learning to operate a new washing machine. Sometimes the barrier is as subtle as a nervous glance or silent stare from an uninformed person. On March 29, be aware of people with I/DD trying to live life by going to the grocery store, choosing a book at the library or going to a movie. Smile. Say hello. Strike up a conversation while standing in line. A person with I/DD will smile back. They’ll return your greeting. They can and will carry on a conversation with you on multiple topics.
Our work, as Direct Service Professionals, is to open doors so those we serve can feel comfortable participating in the activities we all enjoy – going to the movies, walking in the park, going shopping or to a restaurant. Watch for us on March 29 and don’t forget to say, “Hello.”
In Memory of Bob Gootee
Recently, we lost a very good friend, Bob Gootee, Jr. Bob served Sycamore in various ways over many years. He sat on our Board of Directors and, as a parent, he was actively involved in services being provided by Sycamore. He played a large role in the acquisition and opening of our Indy South Day Program. Bob did a lot of things for Sycamore and we will miss him. We will remember his ready smile and willingness to do whatever we needed to get a job done. Bob and his family generously suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Sycamore Services. Donations have been coming in since his passing and its easy to see he had earned love and respect from many. Thank you all for your generosity as we remember a willing worker, a loving parent and a very good friend. >>
Amy Fenn, PLUS Program Manager at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. Amy had read about our Tiki Time event and dug a little deeper to see what kind of agency we were. After reading over our website and talking with Karen about services provided, Amy called to let us know we would be receiving a $1,000 donation from the PLUS Program. Pat welcomed the donation, as well as the new community connection prompted by Amy’s original call.