As 2017 draws to a close, we at Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) are taking time to reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this year along with the help of our great community. We have been blessed by so many who faithfully give and allow us to serve those who are in need.
To fulfill someone's holiday wish may not seem like much sometimes, but for someone who may not otherwise receive a gift, it's everything. That single gift lets them know that someone in the community is thinking about them. And honestly, is there any better feeling than giving the exact gift on someone's list and making their day?
Join us in celebrating our 60th anniversary with a free picnic and night at the ballpark on Friday, August 4th.
On May 21, 1957, EPI became incorporated to provide program planning, service coordination, and advocacy for people with disabilities. What was started by a determined few, is now an organization serving over 375 individuals. One thing remains the same, the people we serve are at the heart of what we do.
Congratulations to EPI's Executive Director, Chris Sparks, who was recently inducted in the ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) Foundation Legacy Leaders Circle!
As evidence of our substantial commitment to the health of people supported, EPI has been awarded the Gold Award for Health Leadership Excellence by Mainstay/My25.
Reaching a new milestone - our 60th anniversary - causes us to pause and reflect on the experiences and people we've had the good fortune to meet along with way.
There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than by giving to others. The feeling you get when watching someone open the perfect gift you found or knowing you gave a gift to someone who wouldn't normally receive one is heartwarming and hard to match.
Join us in congratulating Chris Sparks, Executive Director, on celebrating 25 years with EPI!
Qualified Charitable Distributions are now a permanent part of the tax code as a result of legislation passed by Congress a year ago. We will give you a quick idea of how this charitable giving tool could benefit you.*
As a field we are in the midst of massive and continuous change, each item challenging individually but truly overwhelming when taken as a whole. It is important to note that not all of these are bad, in fact some of them are both welcome and exciting, but they still represent significant challenges that make our professional lives stressful.
Heightened levels of stress-related hormones produced during a crisis have been blamed for problems with physical and emotional health. New research has found, however that stress hormones are not always detrimental. In fact, those same hormones have been administered to help people recover from Post Traumatic Stress and resulted in better outcomes following surgery.
Barbara was born on October 19, 1921, in Marshalltown, Iowa. She later married Ralph Emerson. The two moved a couple of times until settling in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area for a number of years in part because their daughter, Barbara Diane Emerson, was placed at the Woodward community.
EPI's very own Chris Sparks has recently become the President of the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Board of Directors.
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