EPI Feature in Waterloo - Cedar Falls Courier
Greetings! I wanted to share with you some of the "Bright Spots" I'm seeing here at EPI within my time as the Interim Executive Director.
A congratulations is in order for our very own, Program Manager Robert (Bob) Peck! Last week, Bob received the IACP Community Builder Award for 2022.
Virus and vaccine updates from March 8.
EPI is in an incredibly strong position for this leadership transition. We are financially and programmatically stable, we have talented and experienced leadership and service leadership staff in place, and our board is engaged and experienced.
Despite significant job gains over the past few months, many workers are facing higher levels of unemployment. As America's economy recovers, inclusion will be key to our success.
The last year has presented challenges, many unprecedented, and some without very good solutions. It has been very hard to make sense of our world. As oppressive and overwhelming as the problems have felt at times, there have been many shining moments and they continue to see us through.
The notable achievement indicates that EPI has strong organizational systems and practices that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. Quality Assurances Accreditation is an important designation embraced by organizations that pursue the highest standards in the human services field.
We were recently gifted with a story sent to us from Thomas "Tom" Wemlinger, EPI direct support professional since 2006. Tom shares what began as just a sketched out idea in early 2020 ended up as the fulfillment of a dream for someone he supports.
Making a year-end contribution to the Exceptional Persons Foundation is an opportunity to ensure that individuals in your community have access to the assistance they need.
Now through December 19, support the Giving Tree by shopping online, in a local store, or by cash donation. This year we have 297 needs for 86 people we support! By fulfilling a need on the Giving Tree, you are providing a gift for someone who wouldn't have anything to open this holiday season without.
With flu season ramping up, we're here to remind you - getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.
EPI along with their national association, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), takes this week each year to celebrate the amazing work of a Direct Support Professional (DSP).
Employees of Exceptional Persons, Inc., say the organization is one to be proud to work for as it cares and protects not only the people they support but every staff working for them.
My first foray into the field of community-based services was when my wife and I got a job in a group home for six people with intellectual disabilities. It was January of 1983, and it was also a crash course in the service system – as it was then – and really into a new and different culture. All those years ago workforce and staffing were among our most primary challenges. We often worked six days a week because we could not find the additional staff we needed. In the ensuing 38 years services have changed dramatically, but our workforce challenges have remained.
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