Special Thank you to Cynthia Best, Director of Residential and Community Support in Mahoning County, for coordinating Siffrin's 12 Days of Christmas.
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 County will be underway soon at Kent State University Stark Campus. The university setting will allow those enrolled in the Academy to interact with students on campus and allows those KSU students to work with those in the Academy as part of a mentoring program. The relationship between KSU Stark and Siffrin will give participants a unique opportunity to make their own choices with their education in an integrated learning environment.
Siffrin Academy Launches a Location in Stark County
Brad Vincent, Siffrin CEO and Denise Seachrist, Dean of KSU Stark
Making a Difference
Tammy tells WKBN News why she donated her stimulus check to local charities. How kind and generous, Tammy!
Thank you to everyone who donated toys this year. Your generosity is appreciated at this time of uncertainty. You helped Siffrin deliver 231 toys to a local elementary school. This exceeds our goal, and we couldn't be happier to play a part in brightening Christmas for those children in need.
Merry Christmas to All!
Santa’s sleigh was loaded and sent on its merry way to deliver meals to 12 families. Due to the overwhelming response of donations totaling more than $1400 and non-perishable food items, Siffrin was able to provide them with everything to prepare Christmas breakfast and dinner. Thank you to everyone who gave to Staff Supporting Staff this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Special thanks to HR for coordinating all of this.
Staff Supporting Staff
Siffrin would like to thank everyone who has helped with our Staff Supporting Staff campaign. Siffrin is grateful for the contributions of volunteers from Zion Lutheran Church for their annual support of those in need during this season.
Tara MacLean, Director of Human Resources (left) and Lisa Robarge, HR Specialist, getting ready for deliveries.
Keeping safe, keeping busy, being active, and enjoying the fresh air.
Siffrin Academy would like to express their appreciation to Crum and Forster Pet Insurance Group for their generous donation to Siffrin Academy at KSU Stark Campus. Senior Vice-President, Bob Capobianco (left) presented the gift to Brad Vincent, Siffrin CEO. The ceremony was attended by Denise Seachrist, Dean KSU Stark and Amanda Piccari (right), AVP at Crum & Forster and President of the Siffrin Board of Directors. Pictured L-R back row: David Howe, Siffrin Regional Director in Mahoning, Madalen Muntean, Assistant Manager at Siffrin Academy, and Suzanne Dugan, Manager of Siffrin Academy at KSU Stark Campus.
Thank you Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group!
Also in attendance were Siffrin Academy Students, Dr. Khrissy Kautch, Darcy McBride, Dr. LaTarsha Miller, Dr. Robert Sturr and Dr. Lisa Hart.
Back row, left to right: Nicolas, intern; Sarah Deckman, Manager of Project SEARCH; Julie Digilio, Job Coach with Siffrin; Elizabeth, intern; and Charles, intern. Front row, left to right: Sarah Chill, Director of Employment Support Services with Siffrin; Heather, intern; and Tori Durm, presenter and former intern. Photo by ODD.
Internships at Aultman Hospital Help People with Disabilities
As part of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s Cabinet Day in the Mahoning Valley on December 18, 2019, Aultman Hospital in Canton provided a presentation about its Project SEARCH program for young adults with disabilities. In collaboration with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Siffrin, the program helps young adults secure permanent employment at the hospital and within the community.
Siffrin's 2019 Food Drive
helped to fill the shelves at the Zion Lutheran Food Pantry. The pantry has been so generous to our individuals at Thanksgiving for many years. This year Siffrin's Director of Community Integration (Stark), Matt White, and volunteers from The Bridge delivered more than 350 pounds of non-perishable items. Special thanks go out to everyone who donated, delivered and coordinated. #SiffrinProud
Honoring Our Veterans
Chasidy Roach, Program Coordinator for Stark Supervised Living, asked Veterans now at Siffrin about their experience preparing them for life after military service.
Christina Marriccini, Community Integration Professional
Retired from the Army- National Guard this year after serving since 1997.
She was deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005.
She said the "teamwork and discipline also helped her in this field."
Curt Bell, Community Integration Professional
Air Force from 1963-1967
In charge of teaching physical conditioning, self-defense, and survival techniques. "The teamwork and discipline assisted him while working in this field."
Bill Cole, Siffrin Property Manager
Army / Army National Guard, 6 Years Total
"It instilled in me integrity, discipline and respect which are good attributes today. I’m proud to have served my country as I am proud to serve the individuals placed in our care."
Art Harper, Manager of Supervised Living
Army, 3 years
“I learned that no matter your rank, it is everyone’s job to pitch in to get the job done.”
Jon Hegal, Manager of Supervised Living
Army, 3 years
"Having compassion for people from all walks of life no matter their race, religion, gender, or disability"
Thank you for serving your country. Happy Veterans Day!
Toy Drive 2019
Siffrin Staff in all counties participated in a toy drive, and they were delivered to a Stark County elementary school on Monday. After Tara MacLean, Director of HR, announced we would sponsor a toy drive, the generosity of our staff kept increasing. Each day there were more empty boxes needed to hold all of the toys. We would like to thank everyone who coordinated, donated and delivered 162 toys to help make the season merry and bright!
Volunteers from The Bridge traveled to a local elementary school to help children in need of warm coats this winter. With the coordination of Lisa Robarge, HR Specialist, Siffrin collected donations and was able to purchase and share 21 coats this year. Lisa wanted to thank everyone who donated to help with the coats for kids this season.
Ed Lewis and Kristen Moon of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities stopped by to recognize Dale Richards as an All Star DSP. Dale was nominated by SSA, Nikki Lozier, for going above and beyond to make sure the individuals he serves are happy and healthy. Dale will be a guest with other All Star DSPs at a future luncheon.
Brad Vincent, Siffrin CEO, Kachina Eckard, Director CSS, Dale Richards CSP, and Ed Lewis, Stark Board
On May 16th Brad Vincent, Siffrin CEO, accepted a Grant Award from Ed Harhager (left) of the Massillon Community Charitable Fund. The funds will be used to purchase a chair lift for use at one of Siffrin’s Supervised Living locations. We would like to thank The Stark Community Foundation and the Charitable Fund for this opportunity to improve the lives of those we serve by allowing our individuals to age in their home.
Siffrin Welcomes New Board Members