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Imagine! Reps "Talk Back" At Movie Screening

Published: September 21, 2018


On September 19, the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center hosted a screening of “Far From The Tree.” This movie follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Following the screening, Kate Hines, an Imagine! Dayspring Occupational Therapist, and Patti Micklin, Executive Director of the Imagine! Foundation, hosted a “Talk Back” discussion about the family dynamics that can come from having a loved one with an intellectual disability. Kate and Patti shared intensely personal stories with humor and heart, and the evening was a spectacular success.



Heidi Lindeman - Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero

Published: September 20, 2018


Congratulations Heidi Lindeman on being selected as an Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero.

Heidi has a unique skill set in crisis intervention and mental health therapy. Over the past year she has provided exceptional service to our individuals who need additional support in these areas. Her respect for our clients and attention to personal choice is evident in her interactions with them. She also recently advocated for an individual in crisis and secured a new residential placement for him that aligned with his desired qualifications, within a very short window of time, to prevent him being homeless. Thank you, Heidi, for your service to Imagine!.


Celebrating Imagine!'s Care Coordination Team

Published: September 18, 2018

All last week, Imagine! celebrated our Care Coordination team with a slew of events designed to recognize their great work in fun ways. Events included a special breakfast, a hot chocolate cart, a dessert bar, and a field day. Perhaps the highlight of the week took place during the field day, when Care Coordination staff members were given the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of their supervisors (It was all done with great humor and joy, of course!). Thank you, Imagine! Care Coordination team, for your commitment to creating a world of opportunity for all abilities!













Imagine!'s Family Support Bulletin - September/October 2018

Published: September 17, 2018


Imagine!’s latest Family Support Bulletin is available online.


2018 DSP Week vol. 7 - Collin Whitten

Published: September 14, 2018


To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments. Collin Whitten is a therapeutic instructor with the Out & About program for kids and adults, providing community based, recreational activities within a therapeutic framework. 

“Collin is completely reliable, confident, and attentive when working with the participants,” said Out & About Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Nicole Hebert.

Collin started working for Imagine! just last spring and has already made a splash in the department. He is a therapist by trade, earning a degree in Music Therapy, proving his positive instructional skills all summer long. “He makes sure that his participant’s needs’ are met and they are reaching a goal by the end of the activity,” explained Nicole.

Collin’s roots are in the south. He grew up in Mississippi, attended Alabama University, and then moved to Atlanta for his post grad internship. Music has been a big part of his life since the beginning, having performed in his first blue grass festival at 10 years old. Naturally, he pursued music in college and started out as a musical theater major.

“Musical theater is a tough program. I wasn’t sold on doing the whole auditioning thing for the rest of my life,” said Collin.

He realized teaching music and working with people was more of his sweet spot and switched his major to music therapy.

During his post grad internship in Atlanta, Collin met and fell in love with former Coloradoan, Laura,
Collin, with his fiance, Laura. 
who had actually worked for Out & About a few years ago. They got engaged and moved back to Broomfield, CO last spring. Collin wanted a break from the music therapy business and sought out Imagine!.

“It’s one of those jobs that until you’re in it, you don’t see the full scope of it,” said Collin. “I thought it was great.”

Collin’s training in school combined with his passion to help people, cultivated instincts to support the participants at Out & About to achieve goals every single day. Near the end of the summer, Collin worked with a 12 year-old who has a sensory disorder and typically does not enjoy sitting in one place for long periods of time. They spent the day at the Boulder Reservoir and the young boy gestured to sit in a raft by the dock. Collin didn’t think he would like it, but helped him into the raft and the boy sat in it for 15 minutes.

Collin looks on while participant Lee taste tests fresh basil
straight from the garden during an Out & About activity.
“It was a cool moment,” reflected Collin. “I realized I should always be open to what people can do, never presume lack of ability.”

Thanks for all you do, Collin, in creating a world of opportunity for all abilities!


2018 DSP Week vol. 6 - Will Hebert

Published: September 14, 2018


To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments. Will Hebert is a teacher and counselor for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department, providing day activities and classes to adults with developmental disabilities.

A year before Will graduated from college, he needed a job to stay busy during summer break and
Will with his girlfriend at Red Rocks.
found an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities in Cheyenne, WY. The following spring, he graduated from UW Laramie with a degree in Journalism. Entering the free world, he went back to the organization in Cheyenne to work with people with I/DD.

“I chose Journalism so I could help people and call attention to social issues,” said Will. “I realized the DSP job path was a more direct path to helping people.”

Will continued this job path for several years in Wyoming, and when he moved to Colorado with his girlfriend two years ago, he sought out similar work and found Imagine!. “I’m thankful to have found a program like Imagine!, I really like the attitude here,” said Will.

“Will carries himself in a positive and composed manner, even during extreme and chaotic situations,” said CLS Assistant Program Manager Jessie Gaylord. “He has a genuine desire to see everyone we work with be successful.”

While he diverted from the journalism track, Will hopes to cultivate journalist skills at CLS. “I always thought it would be cool to run a newsletter for clients to contribute to and circulate,” commented Will.
Slappin' da bass

Outside of Imagine!, Will stays busy by commuting to Wyoming for practice with his rock band.
Bass player and backup vocalist, Will recently performed at the Warped Tour in Denver this summer. Their band, Sunnydale High, entered a “punk-off” contest and was selected as a top finalist, earning them a time slot on the big stage!

Thank you, Will, for all you do and rock on!


2018 DSP Week vol. 5 - Sean Van Lierop

Published: September 13, 2018


To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP from one of Imagine!’s several service departments. Today’s spotlight is Sean Van Lierop, who works at Imagine!’s Foothills Group Home in Boulder.

When I sat down with Sean to talk about his job, I noticed that majority of the conversation gravitated toward him complimenting others. He told stories about being inspired on his first day of work, the way other counselors offered care to the residents. How grateful he was to work for Imagine!, the “best company I’ve ever worked for.” Or how one of the residents, Robert, inspires him to be a better person.

I find it fitting that Sean’s outlook is focused on the good of others, because according to his co-workers, he reflects that same good natured demeanor.

Sean commenced employment with the Foothills Group Home a little over a year ago. “My friend called me up and said ‘Imagine! is a great job where you can help people,’” remarks Sean. “I said ‘OK, I don’t need to know anymore’ and applied. It’s the first job where I’ve ever been excited to go to work.”

Sean has his share of experiences in the workforce. Law firms, retail, and teaching math to kids just to name a few. Imagine!’s attraction was the aspect of helping others. “I’ve always liked helping people, I just never knew how.” He jumped into his role at the group home having little experience in direct care, but knew that he wanted to give it a shot.

“Sean enjoys a challenge and consistently wants to learn new things to increase his knowledge about the field he has grown to be so passionate about,” said Foothills Site Supervisor Sarah Gumson.

Having settled in and feeling comfortable with the job’s routine, Sean aspires to branch out and try something new with one of the residents. Robert, longtime client and friend of Imagine!, is a big fan of rock n’ roll and live music. Sean and Robert plan to venture to Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO to give Robert his first Red Rocks experience. “We’re going to look at the lineup, listen to the recordings, and figure out who he likes,” said Sean.


Right before Sean launched a career in the field of direct care, a friend of his told him ‘you can’t help yourself without learning how to help others, and you can’t help others without learning how to help yourself.’

“I was confused by this statement, horribly,” said Sean. “It wasn’t until I learned how to support the residents at the group home that I realized I was ignoring my own needs: time management, health, and self-interests.” Sean’s devotion to Imagine! and direct care inspired him to take it a step further and pursue a degree in nursing.

“Imagine! definitely restores my faith in humanity, seeing all the good people can do,” said Sean. “I work with people who not only give a damn, they give a lot of damns, they give all of the damns.”


Today Is Longmont Live And Give Day!

Published: September 12, 2018

The Longmont Community Foundation is looking to encourage the community to support great local nonprofits today, which they have designated Longmont Live and Give Day.

Imagine! is participating in this day of giving, and we encourage you to help us support our climbing program which allows individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to experience the joy and self-esteem that rock climbing can bring.

Watch the video below to learn more, and click here to donate! 


 


2018 DSP Week vol. 4 - Emilie Still

Published: September 12, 2018


To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments.

Emilie Still works for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department, which provides educational classes, job training, and supported employment for individuals with developmental disabilities. This department operates curriculum based classes at a staffed site, as well as community based activities in the local and sometimes regional area.

Emilie has a detail oriented, problem solving, and personable approach to her job, making her a role model veteran in the building. She leads a variety of classes with the purpose of teaching new skills and providing a fun atmosphere.  

Of the several classes, Emilie co-teaches Assistive Technology Cooking twice a week, which finds adaptive solutions for clients to cook their own meals. Emilie explains, “For example, a client who may not have the motor skills to chop up an onion, they can put it in the food processor and use an adaptive switch to turn the processor on and off. It’s cool to give them this opportunity, because most of the time their food is prepared for them.”

Emilie demonstrates an adaptive blender at an
Imagine! Foundation event to community members.
Among the CLS staff, there is a five person Assistive Technology (AT) team that finds innovative ways to incorporate technology into the classes, activities, and daily living for the clients. Emilie is a member of this small team, which explains her involvement in AT Cooking. “I’m not the most ‘techy’ person,” Emilie laughs, “but it has been fun to learn.”

Emilie has been at CLS for a total of four and a half years, taking a couple of breaks in that time to travel. After this much time working with this population, Emilie decided to pursue a master’s degree in Special Education. “I love my job and wanted more,” she said.

Emilie supports Micah during AT Cooking class.
“Emilie is constantly ensuring that the individuals we support receive the best customer service possible by being extremely detail oriented and always having a smile on her face,” said Tim West-Heiss, Assistant Program Manager at CLS. “She embodies the highest levels of integrity that I’ve seen and sets an example among her peers alike.”

Emilie strives to support the clients in every way possible and provides a learning atmosphere that will
changes lives for the better. Thank you, Emilie, for all you do and your hard work at Imagine!.



2018 DSP Week vol. 3 - Shen Hollcraft

Published: September 11, 2018


To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments.

Imagine! owns and operates six group homes in Boulder and Broomfield counties. We shine the spotlight on DSP Shen Hollcraft, who works at our Santa Fe Group Home in Broomfield. Shen has
worked there for a year and a half and is responsible for safety of residents, transportation duties, house chores, direct care, and more. Along with working 30 plus hours a week at Imagine!, Shen is in her third year at Naropa University earning her master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology.

“Some advice I was given is that ‘working in direct care is essential if you want to be a psychotherapist,’” said Shen. She took this advice and sought out a job at Imagine!. “I’m exposed to all levels of human experience as opposed to just sitting across from someone an hour a week.”

Shen desired an intimate setting in the direct care field, which is what led her to the Santa Fe Group Home, which houses eight individuals. “It’s a mutual experience, I call it mutual healing,” she said. “I could be serving someone breakfast and at the same time get a little side hug or a sweet comment. It’s a natural sharing that nourishes both people.”

Shen appreciates how this job has taught her to slow down and take time to connect with the residents. A residential counselor can be stretched thin in a day’s work, and Shen likes to challenge the “always be busy” routine by finding ways to balance both the chores and human connections.

“Yes, the laundry needs to get done and the dishwasher needs emptying, but that can come second to slowing down and having a conversation,” said Shen. “Those pieces in letting people know that they are valued are important.”

Shen spends time with her sister, Rachel, at the
Shambhala Mountain Center this summer. 
“She always seems present in the moment while at work,” said Chantelle Tweten, Assistant Site Supervisor at Santa Fe Group Home. “I watch her while interacting with individuals we serve and she always listens mindfully and without judgement.”

Shen didn’t always know she wanted to dedicate her life to connecting with people. Her first go of undergrad was for English and Writing at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, which lasted one semester. She left college and enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves. She completed boot camp, followed by an eight month period of combat and job specific training.

 “My time in the military made me curious about why we do what we do and the human experience, and got the ball rolling in my pursuit of a career to helping people.”

After boot camp, Shen chose to balance military training and school simultaneously. She moved to Colorado and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Contemplative Psychology at Naropa University, which meant flying to Minnesota once a month for military duties. “There was a lot of friction for me during this time, finding where I fit between two seemingly opposing value systems – and I am so grateful for it,” said Shen.

At the completion of this school year, Shen will have a masters in Mental Health Counseling and plans to focus on counseling in an intimate setting. Thank you Shen for bringing your experience and mindfulness to the Santa Fe Group Home. Your passion and dedication is an important asset to Imagine! and we are grateful!


2018 DSP Week vol. 2 - Patty Gutierrez

Published: September 10, 2018

To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments.


Imagine!’s Family Recruited Employees (FRE) program puts families in control of hiring people to take care of and work with their loved ones. The Oade family found a great fit when they hired Patty Gutierrez to spend time with their seven-year old son, Cort, every Saturday morning.

Patty works full time as a real estate broker and has always enjoyed doing something on the side with people. She worked with seniors as an in home health care provider and also worked with a young girl with cerebral palsy for a few years, creating meaningful relationships.

Patty found a job posting last fall to work with Cort, who has autism. “When I saw the job posting, I thought to myself ‘I have no clue how to work with someone with autism,’ but I wanted to learn how,” said Patty. She checked out books on autism, including literature by Temple Grandin, prominent author and speaker on autism. While reading about autism and getting to know Cort week by week, Patty became more and more comfortable meeting Cort’s needs.

“Patty is amazing,” said Stephanie Oade, Cort’s mother. “She manages my son’s behaviors better and better as she gets to know him, and he is a happy guy when they’re together.”

One example of how Patty goes above and beyond is her efforts to give Cort more social opportunities by having him attend Sunday school. She is coordinating with the children’s ministry at her church to find accommodations and knowledgeable care for Cort so that he can socialize with typical peers in the class room. While Cort is in Sunday school, his parents will be able to attend church service in the chapel.

“Patty truly cares about not just my son, but about us too,” said Stephanie.

We recognize and admire Patty for her efforts to step out of her comfort zone and build a meaningful relationship with Cort and his family. Thank you, Patty, for your hard work and all you do!



2018 DSP Week vol. 1 - Bren Lindemann

Published: September 9, 2018

To celebrate Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week, each day we are highlighting a standout DSP employee from one of Imagine!’s several service departments.


The Out & About department of Imagine! offers therapeutic recreational services in the community to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Bren Lindemann is a therapeutic instructor for Out & About’s children’s activities, including the After School Program and Summer Camp. Their passionate and thoughtful approach to working with the kiddos has earned them today’s DSP spotlight.

Bren is close with younger brother, Andrew, who has autism and has attended Out & About since he was seven years old. When Andrew was in middle school, his teachers would send home his communication device with sticky notes on it, asking if Bren could add certain words or phrases to the device for Andrew to use the next day. Bren was happy to do that and found it interesting. “Since then, I always thought ‘this is something I’d like to do, work with people with developmental disabilities,’” said Bren.

Bren (right) and their brother Andrew (left)

Bren just finished working their third Summer Camp and it is no surprise that they jumped into a leadership role this year. Bren was an in the field coordinator that supported new instructors and participants during the day to day activities.

“Their passion really shows while working with the kids and their attention to the kids’ needs is really amazing,” said Cassie Sowers, Out & About Children’s Program Coordinator.

Bren explains that patience is the primary lesson they have learned at Out & About. “Everyone operates at their own pace and we need to let them do so,” said Bren. “I’ve learned to adapt tasks or activities so that participants are happy and comfortable doing things they should be happy doing.”

Bren with Natalya, crawdad fishing during
Out & About Summer Camp. 
Bren is currently pursuing an associates degree in Sociology at Front Range Community College and plans to transfer to CSU Fort Collins and earn their bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

“I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I know that I want to work with kids with autism,” said Bren. “I love seeing them grow, learn new things, and build relationships with others.”

Thank you Bren for all do and your hard work at Out & About!


Jolie Bernstein - Imagine! Early Intervention Rockstar

Published: September 8, 2018

Imagine!’s Early Intervention (EI) program has a terrific team working to create a world of opportunity for all abilities. To show their appreciation, this team chooses a “Rockstar” each month within their program. Team members submit nominations describing what the nominee has contributed, going above and beyond to support those we serve.


We would like to recognize Jolie Bernstein as this month’s Rockstar.

Jolie has been with Imagine! 21 years. She has seen many changes with the department and is a great asset to the Early Intervention team. She offers expertise primarily working with Boulder Valley School District. She advocates for her families to ensure that appropriate services are provided and that they are provided in a timely manner. Jolie’s resilience has shown in the last few months with the constant changes that have presented themselves. Her spirit and high energy have been great and much appreciated! Thank you for your hard work and dedication, Jolie!


Imagine! To “Talk Back” at Movie Screening

Published: September 4, 2018

On September 19, the Boedecker Theater at the Dairy Center will be hosting a screening of “Far From The Tree.” This movie follows families meeting extraordinary challenges through love, empathy, and understanding. This life-affirming documentary encourages us to cherish loved ones for all they are, not who they might have been. Following the screening, representatives from Imagine! will be part of a “Talk Back” discussion about the family dynamics that can come from having a loved one with an intellectual disability. You are invited to join us - friends of Imagine! can enter IMAGINE in the promo code field online (www.thedairy.org) to purchase member priced tickets ($6.50) for any showing of “Far From the Tree.”



Jessica Connelly - Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero

Published: September 3, 2018


Congratulations Jessica Connelly, selected as an Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero.

Jessica has only been here for a few months and has already proven herself to be an excellent Case Manager. One parent said, “Thank you for suggesting Jessica to be my son’s case manager. We liked her very much and appreciated her easy manner and prompt response to questions and requests.” Also, a provider said that she was impressed that Jessica reached out to her and said that she did “a fantastic job” on her job site visit with a client, and was very thorough and attentive. Way to go, Jessica, we’re glad to have you here!


Chelsea O'Day - September Imagine! Excellence in Customer Service Award Recipient

Published: August 29, 2018


Congratulations Chelsea O’Day, recipient of Imagine!’s Excellence in Customer Service Award for September. 

Chelsea has developed genuine friendships with the residents at Imagine!’s Foothills Group Home. When she walks through the door, it brightens their day. Chelsea has been practicing a Johnny Cash song with one of the residents for a long time. She helped him learn the lyrics and then brought in her personal recording equipment to record him singing. She provided background music with her ukulele. Check it out below.

   

This is just one example of the meaningful work Chelsea does with the residents. She promotes a team-focused environment and is a wonderful role model.


Imagine!'s Dayspring Bulletin - September 2018

Published: August 28, 2018


Imagine!’s latest Dayspring Bulletin is available online.


Erica Berridge - Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero

Published: August 27, 2018


Congratulations Erica Berridge, selected as an Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero.

Erica embodies all of Imagine’s customer service values. She is a pleasure to work with and always goes above and beyond for her clients. Erica is such a great advocate for her clients and puts her heart into everything that she does. She is an amazing asset to her SLS team and steps up to take on new and challenging cases. She is also the first to volunteer to cover a case or IP and always does so with a smile and a positive attitude. Any task that is put in front of Erica is met with great attention to detail and care. She has become a strong Case Manager and it is evident in every case that she touches.


Imagine! CEO Completes IRONMAN

Published: August 24, 2018


Imagine! CEO Mark Emery recently competed in the 2018 IRONMAN Boulder, his first ever long distance triathlon. Two months prior to the race, he suffered a hip injury and had to modify his training to manage the pain. Two weeks before the race, Mark could not walk a full mile, and the race was the first time he had run in nine weeks. Despite the setback, he stayed the course and gave it a go.

Mark is no stranger to adventures and stepping out of his comfort zone. Hiking from Aspen to Crested Butte and back again in one weekend, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and peaking Mount Ben Nevis in Scotland, a rim to rim day hike in the Grand Canyon, and a handful of national and international bike tours. This is just a taste of Mark’s drive for adventure.

Before committing to the race, Mark was fascinated by the IRONMAN. “Look at these folks doing this, why on earth would anyone do this?” wondered Mark. He talked to friends and colleagues, picking their brains about the race and why they did it. This included co-worker Heather Forsyth, who competed in her third IRONMAN this year.

His curiosity and admiration snowballed into serious consideration, so he took a few evaluations to see if he was capable of such a feat. “Mentally, I was pretty sure I could put myself through this. Physically, I wasn’t so sure.” The evaluations came back positive and Mark made the commitment in fall of 2017.

A month after committing, Mark experienced one of worst things any father could go through, the passing of his daughter at age 25.

“Training became my therapy,” said Mark. He incorporated grieving into the training and wanted to be by himself. “I hired a coach to help me organize my workouts, but anytime she asked me if I wanted to join groups, I said ‘absolutely not.’ For me, training was pure solitude, solace, alone time. And terrific for me.”

Training went as planned until early April when he started to feel pain in his hip. Mark adapted his routine to manage the pain, but as the race drew nearer, he didn’t know if he would even be able to run.

It was HOT on IRONMAN race day. It reached a high of 93 degrees and a constant intake of fluids was a must. He had a smooth swim and was very pleased when he exited the reservoir. The bike ride was when the sun showed its ugly side and beat down on all the riders.

“I constantly felt depleted and didn’t know if I had enough fluids in me, until I rode past a tree that gave me a small allergic reaction and my eyes started to water. I said to myself ‘Thank goodness! There ARE fluids in my body!’”

Mark dismounted the bike and began his biggest challenge of all, managing the pain in his hip. He was prepared to pull the plug at any moment, knowing it wasn’t worth it to extend the injury. “If I was in Vegas, I would have bet on me quitting the run before six miles,” said Mark.

But then, something happened. He found a certain rhythm and cadence to his step that bypassed the pain. “It was mechanical, almost like a robot,” said Mark. “I knew that if I could avoid any mistakes and maintain that rhythm, I would make it.”

Mark used the newly founded mechanical motion and crossed the finish line at 14 hours, 54 minutes, and 27 seconds. “I probably could have finished with a faster time, but I wanted to soak in everything going on,” said Mark. He stopped to chat with people, rested up at aid stations, and took in the mountain views.

After asking Mark what major lesson he took away from his IRONMAN experience, he responded:

Mark and his wife, Judy, at an Imagine! event. 
“The human condition is interesting because people are given a variety of gifts. It is my judgement that if you don’t take advantage of those gifts, then that’s not okay. Something as simple as reading, writing, thinking clearly, formulating ideas… if you’re not taking advantage of that because you have that gift, something is wrong. Physically, it’s the same thing. If you’re not challenged physically, and you’re not demonstrating the gifts you are given, in my opinion, that’s not okay. I’m lucky at my age to do what I’m able to do. It would be wrong for me to not take advantage of that and do uncommon things, like the IRONMAN.

“When these gifts are not acted upon, what a loss to the rest of us. Leave your legacy. Exercise that. Demonstrate that. Everybody’s got something. In our line of work, it’s a challenge to find what somebody’s something is, but it’s there.”


Imagine!'s Family Support Bulletin - August/September

Published: August 21, 2018


Imagine!’s latest Family Support Bulletin is available online.


Imagine! Innovations Super Hero: Katy Pape

Published: August 20, 2018

Every month, Imagine!’s Innovations department presents the “Super Hero of the Month” award to the employee or provider who has best demonstrated excellence in one or more of our Innovations Quality Standards:

  • Health, Safety, and Wellbeing 
  • Effective and Efficient 
  • Respect and Dignity 
  • Opportunities 
  • Integrity 
  • Care 
This month, the award was presented to Katy Pape.


Katy is the only Primary Residential Counselor for the Timber Ridge site. During the month of June, her Supervisor was away on paternity leave and the Timber Ridge Residential Assistant Site Supervisor was also away on vacation. Katy basically coordinated and stayed on top of everything for all six individuals for about three weeks. She scheduled and coordinated follow-up for all medical appointments, she spent a number of days and long hours getting one of the individuals unpacked and moved into their new apartment, and she kept up with outings, shopping trips, and cooking activities for all the individuals. She consistently worked late, well after her shift should have ended, to ensure everyone had what they needed and the proper information was communicated to the right people.


Imagine! Softball Superstars

Published: August 16, 2018

Congratulations to Team Imagine! – softball superstars! For the second year in a row, the team took home the Boulder Rec League Championship in their division. The final game had it all! Imagine! fell behind by six runs early, but fought their way back and eventually triumphed in an extra inning, nail biting, 11-10 victory! Way to go team, and thanks to the fans who cheered them on!






Out & About Bike Block Party: Ways To Participate

Published: August 13, 2018

This coming Saturday, Imagine!’s Out & About department is hosting its 4th Annual Bike Block Party, sponsored by First National Bank. There are several ways you can be part of this amazing event:

Join Us: Saturday, August 18, Erie Community Park, 450 Powers Street, Erie CO, 11am-3pm

Sponsor a Rider: Riders will participate in an adaptive bike race to take as many laps as they can during our 4th annual Bike Block Party. All donations will help to provide community inclusion opportunities for people with developmental disabilities! Get started here.

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help with variety of activities including; set-up, station support, general event support, food service, clean up, etc. Volunteers needed from 10am-4pm. Contact Elizabeth Hill if you are interested.



Elizabeth Crimmins - Imagine! Early Intervention Rockstar

Published: August 10, 2018

Imagine!’s Early Intervention (EI) program has a terrific team working to create a world of opportunity for all abilities. To show their appreciation, this team chooses a “Rockstar” each month within their program. Team members submit nominations describing what the nominee has contributed, going above and beyond to support those we serve.


We would like to recognize Elizabeth Crimmins as this month’s Rockstar.

Elizabeth recently joined the Early Intervention team and has already proven to be a stellar addition to the team! Coming from a background of EI in a different state, she has picked up really quickly to Colorado’s EI model. She brings a positive attitude to our team and shows passion for the work she does. She’s motivated and has a contagious positive attitude with everything she does. We are lucky to have her on our team!


Michelle Shanley - Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero

Published: August 6, 2018


Congrats to Michelle Shanley, selected as an Imagine! Case Management Unsung Hero.

Michelle has been a pleasure to work with since she came here only 4 months ago. She always very pleasant and eager to learn new jobs. She has literally done the majority of the Questys scanning and has learned how to streamline that process. She has helped all of the Business System team every day doing little things before we get a chance to do them.