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Healthy Lifestyles

The SLI Healthy Bodies, Healthy Lifestyles program has recently created a fitness room for all clients to use to continue on their journey to a healthy life!
 
Through donations and a grant from Walmart, the fitness room includes a treadmill, cardio glide, hand weights, yoga ball and mats, fitness videos, pedometers and a mini fridge with water. Clients can utilize this room with a staff member every day of the week.
 
The fitness room is currently in a temporary location while the actual location is being finished. That location will have a Wii Fit system, its own special door entrance and space for fitness classes. We are excited to see the final fitness room! Watch for updates in an upcoming Scoop newsletter.
 
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Fall Festival

 

SLI celebrated the Halloween holiday at the annual Fall Festival. It was a fun evening of chili, photos and dancing. Thank you to the Washburn University baseball team for volunteering and making it a great time! Check out some of the fun costumes that SLI clients wore.
 
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CIP Pumpkin Auction

CIP held its annual SLI pumpkin auction and it was a great success! The wonderfully decorated pumpkins created by Community Integration Program clients raised over $650 between a live auction and a silent auction. The highest selling pumpkin went for $75! The money they raised will be used for upcoming CIP activities.
 
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Softball Cookout

Thank you to everyone who participated in SLI's annual softball cookout! It was a fun evening where everyone had a chance to play a game of softball together and enjoy delicious, fresh off the grill hamburgers and hot dogs.
 
A huge thank you to the Washburn University baseball team for joining in the fun of the softball cookout and spending their evening with the clients. The team was great at encouraging all clients while batting and even helped serve dinner!
 
Thank you also to Michael and Sondra Warner for grilling all of the delicious food.
 
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Eagle Scout Project at SLI

We love community projects that engage our clients in new adventures. Parker Wise designed his Eagle Scout project to expose SLI clients to the joy of scouting

 
“As a member of Camp Staff at Falley Scout Reservation, I see so many young Scouters enjoy the outdoors and the programs we provide,” said Parker of his project. “I wanted to share that same experience with those who may not have had the opportunity to experience something like it.”
 
Through his project, seven SLI clients and one SLI staff member enjoyed the best that the Boys Scouts have to offer from tent and fire making, s’mores, the history of scouting, fishing, and more. Our own Doug Vincent mentored Parker during this project. Thank you Parker!
 
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SLI Flag Team

SLI has started a flag team! The team is starting by learning different techniques, but they are all excited to be a part of the group. We can't wait to see them perform!
 
 
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CIP Pod Presentations

CIP gave their Pod presentations at the end of the month on a variety of topics! Pods are small groups of clients that meet each morning to learn about different topics of their choosing. The Pods worked on posters and presentations that they gave to the whole program to help everyone learn about the topics. The topics included states, countries, notable figures and even facts about themselves! We can't wait to learn more from our clients at the next Pod presentations.
 
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E.S.C.A.P.E

 September 2019
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The E.S.C.A.PE. ladies had another fun monthly meeting! They threw a surprise party for Megan, who is moving to live closer to family, and learned how to make no-sew blankets. They are excited to continue the work on their blankets!
 

 

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Program

June 2019
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds nutrition program continues to work with SLI clients by teaching them how to incorporate healthy choices into their everyday life. Recently, Carl and Doug were excited to make a delicious meal of lean pork chops with savory mushroom gravy, fried okra with cherry tomatoes, corn muffins and cantaloupe.
 
Through the program, clients work on cooking skills such as cutting, liquid and dry measurements and how to safely work with the stove and oils. Soon they will be able to make healthy meals for themselves!
 
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Thank you Civitans!

June 2019

Thank you to the Civitan Club of Topeka for their hard work cleaning up the landscaping around SLI homes. The residents will enjoy being outdoors in their beautiful yards!
The Civitan Club has been a great supporter of SLI and individuals with diverse abilities. Check out their hard work in photos below.
 
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Silver Dollar Farms Visit

April 2018

The Community Integration Program had a great time visiting Silver Dollar Farms. They had the opportunity to learn about and get up close to horses, mini horses, goats and chickens. Thank you Silver Dollar Farms for a wonderful day!

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March E.S.C.A.P.E.

March 2019

The March E.S.C.A.P.E. gathering celebrated Mardi Gras! They made festive candy boxes and dawned colorful masks and beads. E.S.C.A.P.E. is a group of female clients in the Targeted Case Management program that meet monthly to socialize with friends and participate in activities together.

 
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SLI Nutrition Program

 March 2019

Nutrition Program

SLI has created a new nutrition program with the goal to educate clients and staff on nutritional components of their current food choices, how to replace with healthier choices, simple cooking skills, portion sizes and more.

Through the nutrition program, participants are doing a cookbook with 75 simple recipes that cover the five basic diets commonly prescribed. It will include a diabetic diet, low-sodium diet, low-fat diet, gluten-free diet and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The program will also incorporate fitness activities such as walking at the mall, going to the lake, walking in their neighborhoods, dancing and other active outings clients enjoy.

The program started with a visit to every home during meal time to involve clients with cooking their own foods. There will also be upcoming classes on the weekend for Independent Living clients to provide them with the opportunity to learn the same concepts and give everyone a chance to learn how to live a healthy life!

 

CIP Fun!

February 2019

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SLI clients had a fun month full of activities that were learning experiences and allowed clients to be a part of the community! The Community Integration Program visited the Topeka and Shawnee County Library and really enjoyed the art gallery. The clients had a great time cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs during the playoffs with a party during the game!

KDOT Grant Received

 January 2019

KDOT Vans
 
 
Through the Kansas Department of Transportation federal program funding, SLI was awarded the KDOT 5310 Financial Assistance Transportation Program and the KDOT 5339 Bus Facilities Program to replace four transit lift vehicles with new ones. The need for replacement transit vehicles was due to the cost of repair to aging vehicles with high mileage. The newer models have safer lift systems and are more efficient for SLI clients. 
 
Also, SLI received a grant for vehicle security cameras which will be a tool to ensure clients and employees are safe during transports. The camera improves visibility to protect assets, reduce liability, maximize operational efficiency and, most importantly, enhance safety. The cameras incorporate innovative features such as wireless downloading, real-time remote viewing, GPS mapping, and recording technology to further enhance safety. 
 

 

Quilts from the Heart

 

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Handmade Quilt Donation
 
SLI clients were the recipients of 19 twin-size quilts donated by the loving heart of Carolyn Kuhn and the caring hands of six talented women.  Carolyn donated two carloads of quilting material after she was diagnosed with ALS to her friends to use for a good cause.  Paula Harbert suggested making quilts for the SLI clients and received assistance in the project from her friends Peggy Hanna, Maureen Hensler, Colleen Janssen, Katty McGivern and Becky Phanensteil.  
 
These quilts are a treasure to our clients and we thank Carolyn and her friends in making this possible for our clients to enjoy for years to come.   

 

SLI Christmas

 

Client Christmas
 
Thirty-nine SLI clients celebrated Christmas thanks to generous individuals from the Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association, Civitan Club of Topeka and Stormont Vail Health Wound Center. These groups provided the clients with items from their Christmas lists and a holiday celebration that they would not have received otherwise. All had a great time and were very thankful for the gifts they received!

 

Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade

 

Kansas Avenue Parade
 
SLI clients participated in the Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade on November 24. They rode in a custom-made sleigh spreading holiday cheer to all of the parade spectators. Thank you to Cathy Holmes and the Festival of Trees committee for putting together the float for the clients to ride in and help promote the Festival of Trees!

 

Festival of Trees

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The 2018 Festival of Trees has wrapped up and SLI clients had fun participating in many aspects of the event! The event started with the SLI Holiday Ball and turning on the lights live on WIBW. A big thanks to the Civitan Club of Topeka for providing chili and cookies for the clients at the Holiday Ball. SLI ladies had a great time attending Tinsel & Treasures and dancing the night away. The client's favorite tree award was chosen by SLI clients. Also, SLI clients enjoyed the Festival of Trees pancake feed on Saturday that was provided by the Knights of Columbus. It was a great time for SLI clients to be a part of the Festival of Trees and get into the holiday spirit!

 

Beating the Heat

SLI client beating the heat

The Community Integration Program is beating the heat this summer and enjoying fun at the pool! This is just one of the many activities clients enjoy in the community each week.

Ladies Day Out

Ladies Day Out

Community Integration Program had a fun ladies day out where they enjoyed ice cream and fun time at Lake Shawnee.

Police Car Karaoke

SLI had the pleasure of having Topeka Law Enforcement Officer Lamont Jackson, husband of Lisa Jackson, President/CEO of SLI, speak to SLI’s growing younger generation who are more active in the community and gave them the opportunity to ask questions about community safety. Now we have the privilege of seeing Officer Jackson share even more of his talents through Police Car Karaoke. Listen to the video below to hear his amazing voice!

Police Car Karaoke: The Series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqTriT-KOsk

Couch donated to SLI

Couch donated to SLI

Thank you to the donor who donated a couch and chair for one of our SLI homes. The clients will enjoy relaxing in them!  SLI is always looking for furniture, household items, or anything that can be used in our 21 homes. Think of SLI when you are looking to donate items!

 

Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue

Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue.

Independent Living clients enjoyed the Help a Horse Day at B & C Equine Rescue. They were able to ride and see all of the horses at the rescue center.

 

Severe Weather Presentation by Jeremy Goodwin of WIBW

Severe weather presentation by Jeremy Goodwin of WIBW

Thank you WIBW Jeremy Goodwin for talking to our SLI clients about severe weather safety, storm chasing, meteorology and more.  They had fun hearing you talk and share all your stories and experiences!

 

Westar Energy crew builds Festival of Trees storage loft

Westar Energy crew builds Festival of Trees storage loft

Thank you Westar Energy crew for building a loft in our Festival of Trees storage. We are excited about all of the extra space it has created!  Westar Energy also presented SLI with a sponsorship check for the Festival of Trees. Thank you Westar for being such a great partner to SLI!

 

SLI Annual Awards

The SLI Annual Awards recognizes staff and clients every year who have excelled throughout the year. Do you know someone who deserves recognition and exemplifies the SLI mission?

Nominate Deserving SLI Staff & Clients for an SLI Award!

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Arab Shrine Circus

Circus1SLI clients enjoyed the annual Arab Shrine Circus on February 17 at the Kansas Expocentre.

Circus2Various performers and circus animals set the stage for a wonderful show that was appreciated by all clients who attended.

They even had the opportunity to get some light up toys to enjoy!

Staying Warm!

Staying warmStaying warm with all of the cold weather, SLI clients have come up with creative activities they can do inside. One of the activities that has been popular is putting together puzzles!

Check out the awesome swan puzzle in the photo just finished by clients and staff after working on it for a couple of weeks.

SLI Community Involvement

SLI Community Involvement

In SLI's Community Integration Program, forty clients volunteer over 800 hours per month for Meals on Wheels, Helping Hands Humane Society, Lets Help, Manor Care, and many other life-changing organizations.  These non-profit organizations work to improve the lives of their own clients, animals, and citizens of the city of Topeka. 

SLI’s clients benefit as well when they learn new life skills and ways to work through daily difficulties in their own lives.

Volunteering at different organization is the ideal way to incorporate such delightful individuals to be a part of the community.

Wendy's "Giving Back" Campaign

Wendys Giving Back Campaign

The Legacy Restaurant Group chose SLI as the charity for their 9th Annual Wendy's "Giving Back" at Christmas Campaign. Kirk Williams and Jill Lincoln, owners, presented SLI with a check for $6,000! This generous gift will help in the areas of transportation, medical, housing, and food needs. Thank you Kirk & Jill and everyone who supported the campaign and SLI's mission!

SLI Holiday Party

SLI Holiday Party

The 2016 SLI Christmas Party was a great evening for 43 SLI clients who wouldn't have celebrated the holiday without the support of Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association and the Civitan Club of Topeka.

The Rolling Meadows neighborhood received donations from the residents and grants through Thrivent Financial to purchase gifts. The clients enjoyed hor d'oeuvres, drinks, cookies and Santa, who handed out the presents.

Thanks to Rolling Meadows Neighborhood Association, Civitan Club of Topeka, City Councilman Tony Emerson and his wife Allison, and Community Police Officers Officer Morgan Bracken and Officer Clinton Eubanks for attending the party and supporting SLI.

SLI Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

SLI Awarded Three Year CARF Accreditation

CARF International announced that SLI has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Integration, Community Housing and Governance programs.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.  An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation has put itself though a rigorous peer review process.  It has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality. 

SLI is a nonprofit organization with offices at 3401 SW Harrison in Topeka.  It has been providing intellectual disabilities services in the Topeka area since 1971.

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served.  Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.  For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

SLI’s clients benefit as well when they learn new life skills and ways to work through daily difficulties in their own lives.

Volunteering at different organization is the ideal way to incorporate such delightful individuals to be a part of the community.

Hockey Tickets a great gift for clients

Hockey Tickets a great gift for clients

Last weekend's Roadrunner's game was a thrilling adventure for Gabriel, one of our amazing persons served! His mother, Courtney, noted that, “It was a WONDERFUL game! Gabriel won a Star Wars basket during the silent auction. He was a happy clam!” Thank you to Jim Garrison and the RoadRunners who made this event possible for our persons served!

 

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