TO DO LIST
"The Sunnyside Home is the newest home within Summit County and it runs like one of the group homes we have had for many years. This is not just by chance, but because of the hard work, dedication, and love that is shared by each of the current staff members who work there! Some days have brought forth unexpected challenges, and some days appear to be smooth as a summer breeze, but you or I would not know the difference because this team always presents a smile, and a positive attitude no matter the circumstances. Charlyn Dalton, Jeremy Lyons, and Jennie Smith, please know that you are appreciated in every way for continuing to ensure the lives of those served are treated with great care and support. I hope that all the greatness you share with those around you comes back to you full circle...continue being great and most of all... Thank You for being you."
Chanelle Copeland, Program Coordinator, Summit County
"The Sunnyside Team is an example of bravery and having a Heart of Gold. The home went through a crisis when the staff and ladies were exposed to high CO levels. The home had to be evacuated and until a new boiler system was placed and certified by the landlord, they were unable to return to the home. Staff handled themselves well, following their training and brought the ladies to safety even though the staff was dealing with their own symptoms. The entire team pulled together over the next few weeks to ensure everyone was safe and the ladies had what they needed." ~Kim Larson-Phillips, COO, Siffrin
Heart of Gold Award
Sunnyside Staff (L-R) Jennie Smith, HC Charyln Dalton, and Jeremy Lyons.
March 1st marks the start of DD Awareness Month! Every year we celebrate March as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. In the first week of March every year, hundreds of advocates come to the Ohio Statehouse to advocate on issues important to Ohioans with developmental disabilities. This year’s event is on March 2nd, 2021. Due to the on-going pandemic, the event will be hosted all online on Tuesday, March 2nd at 10:00 am and can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/OhioDDAwareness/
Wearing Orange for Awareness Day
Special Thank you to Cynthia Best, Director of Residential and Community Support in Mahoning County, for coordinating Siffrin's 12 Days of Christmas.
Attention Parents and Guardians
Agreement on Protocols for Safety during Visitation in Supervised Living Homes
November 2020 Newsletter
To Staff, Individuals, Partners and our Community,
It has now been seven months since Siffrin took appropriate actions to guarantee the health and safety of those we serve and our dedicated staff. Some programs were discontinued, some were relocated and others took place electronically. We initiated safety precautions, acquired PPE’s and put policies into place for the safety of all. While we certainly continue our diligence and sincerity in maintaining a safe environment, we are taking steps to return to providing services and addressing the needs of our individuals. Our day service programs are opening back up with limited numbers of participants to maintain the required physical distance. We are transporting individuals to day services again with limited numbers in our busses. Siffrin has been a leader in the field in conducting virtual learning, and we continue to be creative in developing electronic instruction for those who choose to participate. The two Siffrin Academies have also resumed services, and there has been increased interest in persons wanting to enroll. It is through the combined efforts of Siffrin’s Board of Directors, Administration, Management and Direct Support Professionals that we have been able to minimize the effect of COVID in the organization. Siffrin will continue to keep abreast of the latest trends and patterns of this pandemic and act preventatively to ensure everyone’s safety.
Bradley L. Vincent
A Statement from the CEO
Siffrin’s purpose, mission, philosophy, and culture are based on the premise that all persons have equal rights and should be able to freely and without distinction, safely integrate within their communities. We believe that regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability all persons should be treated with respect and dignity. Siffrin will maintain an open dialogue, discussion, and thus, awareness among our employees and stakeholders about the importance of equal treatment of all people within our organization and the community. It resides within us all, the responsibility to change the negativity in our world and restore the hope and promise of justice for all.
Bradley L. Vincent
We are pleased to announce that Siffrin has been issued a three-year accreditation from CARF International. The survey which took place in January applies to our services in Employment Support, Job Development, and Community Housing. This marks the 10th consecutive 3-year accreditation from CARF which is the highest award. We continue our dedication and commitment to improving the lives of those we serve since our first survey in 1993. This accreditation will extend until March 31, 2023.
Value of CARF Accreditation
CARF accreditation signals a service provider's commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
During these very difficult times, Siffrin is doing all it can to assure the health, safety, and well-being of both the individuals we serve and our staff. We are succeeding in our endeavors, but this would not be possible without the help and support of others.
I want to thank the Stark Community Foundation for its generous grant award of $35,000, which has allowed us to maintain the leases on our facilities and secure them for the time when this crisis has passed. Together we are stronger, and I thank the Stark Community Foundation for partnering with us to address the needs of persons with disabilities in our community.
Bradley L. Vincent, CEO
Siffrin Academy saw its first location open in 2017. Based at Siffrin’s Mahoning Regional office in Austintown, Ohio, the program offers postsecondary education and pre-vocational training. This program is geared to those transitioning into life after high school and those on a path to employment.
Siffrin Academy in Stark Cou