Stapp Inspires Organization Spotlight-Imagine! 

This month we are so excited to introduce you to our newest Stapp Inspires Spotlight Organization–Imagine! Imagine!  was established in 1963 by a group of parents determined to see that their children with developmental disabilities had the opportunity  to participate in their community. Since that beginning Imagine! has grown to offer a continuum of services to provide support for people throughout their lifetime.   

 

The mission of Imagine! Is to create a world of opportunity for all abilities. Imagine! offers a wide variety of programs tailored specifically for an individual’s needs. The majority of Imagine!’s Services can be divided into two main categories: Community Centered Board Services and Direct Support Services.

 

A Community Centered Board (CCB) is a local area’s single point of entry into local, state, and federally funded programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a community. Imagine! is currently one of 20 CCBs in Colorado, serving Boulder and Broomfield counties. Imagine!’s CCB services include coordination of Early Intervention Services, Family Support Services, and Case Management Services.

 

In addition to CCB services, Imagine! also has several departments that provide Direct Support Services. These are designed to incorporate people with developmental, cognitive, and physical challenges into the fabric of their communities. Services include educational and therapeutic services, job training and placement, recreation and leisure activities, opportunities for community living, and behavioral health services.

 

We had the opportunity to visit two different programs Imagine! offers to the community. We took a tour of the Charles Family SmartHome. This state of the art home is designed to enhance the quality of life for the residents. This well planned out house has features that allow the residents to be independent. For example, the kitchen is outfitted with counter tops that can be lowered or raised to accommodate individuals who use a wheelchair. Each resident has their own room that reflects their own unique personalities. 

 

The SmartHomes are also a living laboratory to design and test developing technologies, that may be then moved out to individual or family homes so that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities may remain in more independent and natural settings. 

 

On the other end of the spectrum we had to opportunity to join one of their Messy Play Days. This one was known as Splash Bash! As you can see Imagine!  works with the youngest in our community as well. By offering Early Intervention services Imagine! is able to help children the support they need to achieve a life of fulfilling life of new possibilities. 

 

Another big part of Imagine!’s mission is their Employing For Good Program. Imagine!’s Supported Employment program has partnered with businesses for over 30 years in Boulder and Broomfield counties, employing individuals with developmental disabilities. With support from trained Imagine! employees, these hard working and reliable individuals are eager to jump into the market and prove their skills at companies within our community! 

 

While we were only able to touch on just a few of Imagine!’s outstanding programs, we hope you will take the time to look into this great organization and see how they are positively impacting our community. We also want to thank Imagine!’s staff, individuals, and families who invited us in to learn more about this inspiring organization! 

 

Day of Champions

Hi! This is Erin, the Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Last week I was able to participate in Longmont Meals on Wheels‘ (LMOW) Day of Champions. Once a year LOMW invited members of the community to join them on their delivery runs and at the Senior Center. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMT, and the mayor were among those who were participating.

I was paired up with a gentleman named Rich. Rich had been delivering once a week for two years. “Although, he said with a smile, ” Starting in April, I’ll be delivering two days a week.”  We sat around and waited for his route number to be called. He already had the cold sacks of food loaded up in the car and ready to go. Before long his name was called and we were loading the hot meals into the insulated bag and we were off.  “I should really, ask for milage and gas re-embursment and a snack when I go on these drives.” Rich commented. Already his sense of humor was showing through, our first stop was a senior apartment complex a few blocks away from where we started at the Senior Center.

We get out of the car and head into the building. I have a job to do, I have the cold sacks of food. The first apartment no one was home. So we left the food in the cooler outside the door and moved on.  And that’s how our route went, some weren’t home at the time and others were.

I was deeply touched by the people we did see. Some accepted the meal, and exchanged a few pleasantries and we were on our way. Others, they wanted to talk for just a little longer. Rich was patient and kind, asking how they were doing. Several commented that they were so glad to see us and what a wonderful person Rich was. In about an hour we had delivered all our meals and were back to the Senior Center. Rich and I shook hands and we went our ways. Rich wanted to try and get a bike ride in before it got too late. I headed back to the dealership, with the thoughts of the last couple hours on my mind.

More than one person commented that this lunch we were bringing them would be their only hot meal of the day, some their only meal. Most were living by themselves and some had mobility problems that limited their ability to get around and get out. I got the feeling that in some cases the volunteers that were delivering the meals, were the only person they might see in a day.

 

As I pulled in the dealership, I had one call I needed to make before I went back to work. The phone rang a few times. The familiar “Hello” as only my grandma says greets me. I say hello and the normal brief pause while she calls my grandpa to pick up another phone. The deep chuckle of my grandpa’s voice fills my car. We talk for a bit and then it’s time to say goodbye.

As I walk up to the dealership I reflect on my day.  I’m thankful that Longmont Meals On Wheels provides such a wonderful service to the elderly, people with disabilities and those coming home from the hospital. Next month as part of Stapp Inspires we will be highlighting Longmont Meals On Wheels and the work they are doing in our community and how you can get involved.  I hope you will join us.