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NIC Global, Pioneer Center have clutch partnership


Job Coach, Ali Porter, Chris Lemming, and Plant Manager, Brian Armistead watch a worker demonstrate a different technique to take on a task.

NIC Global is a large cog in the economic engine of Ross County, serving as a Tier 1 manufacturer for Kenworth Truck Co. The company manufactures and assembles sheet metal components that go into various places on Kenworth trucks; some of the largest being complete sides and backs of sleeper units. Their facility off of Delano Road in the industrial park is also helping to push forward perceptions of ability and the developmentally disabled community.

NIC Global started their partnership with The Pioneer Center’s Job Development program earlier this year, a relationship which has already proven to be mutually beneficial. Chris Lemming, 29, joined NIC’s 45 employees earlier this year and quickly found his place them, honing in on a specific set of tasks which he is mastering.

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Chris Lemming applies waterproofing sealant with the help of his Job Coach, Ali Porter.





Preparing for Emergencies

November is here; clocks have been turned back, and I hope that has been a good reminder to you to  replace the batteries in the smoke detectors in your homes and the homes of those whom you care for and care about (many local fire stations will help with supplies).

It is also a good time of year to revisit emergency disaster plans and kits to make sure the information and supplies are up to date, refreshed, and ready to use in case of emergency or disaster.  Below are just a few of the handy information guides and resources you can use and share with others to help be prepared – just in case.

Preparing for an emergency can be difficult for individuals with developmental and other disabilities. To help address the needs of individuals with disabilities, the Red Cross created:

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs.” Individuals and their families and support system can use this guide to help plan for disasters.  It can be found at this web address http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240199_A4497.pdf

For more in-depth information from the American Red Cross, get a copy of “Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities” (A5091), or visit:http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/disability.pdf

Disability Rights Ohio has many handy forms for creating emergency preparedness plans and kits on their web site: http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/topic-emergency-planning

The Ohio Department of Health has great resources and tools:


And here is the link to the Ohio Disability Health Program web site where can find many resources for training planners and first responders to assist people who may have unique needs associated with a disability including a free video training available for viewing anytime via You Tube.





Strategic Plan Draft Complete – Requesting Input

I am pleased to announce our strategic plan DRAFT is complete!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the process and submitted input as we were drafting updates to our plan.  Click here to view the Strategic Plan Draft.

How can you provide input?

In person: Attend one of our public forums.  They will be held on November 10th at 6:00 p.m. or November 12th at 1:00 p.m. at 167 West Main Street; Chillicothe, OH 45601.

By email: Send input and comments to lsnyder@rossdd.org by November 10th, 2015.

By phone: Call Leia Snyder to share any comments or input at 740-773-8044.

How will your input be used?
We have received a wide variety of perspectives and comments throughout the process from our employee work-group, management team and responses from over 300 survey respondents.  We expect to receive additional feedback now that the draft has been released.  I will ensure all input continues to be reviewed and used to guide the final edits of the document.  Our final plan will be shared before the end of 2015.

In addition to our strategic plan, we are creating a specific and measurable action plan for 2016 to outline how we will make progress towards the goals and objectives in our strategic plan.  We will post this action plan and regular progress updates on our website.

Thank you for your commitment and hard work as prepare our vision for 2020!



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Radio Broadcast Highlights Transitional Employment

Check out the podcast from this morning’s Sounding Board from WBEX to learn more about transitional services and employment opportunities for students at Pioneer. Any business in the community can participate. It’s a true win-win situation! For more information contact Art Nickles at anickles@rossdd.org or by phone at 740-774-6970.



The Fin in Finance


Kim Large, a Senior Licensed Personal Banker from WesBanco in Chillicothe, became a familiar face this fall at The Pioneer Center. Ms. Large has been stopping by on Wednesday afternoons to teach a finance class to a group of 10 adults who are served by Pioneer. The 7-class series serves to assist adults with developmental disabilities by helping them better maintain their finances and thereby obtain greater independence. This week marked the last of the series, with all of the participants graduating and receiving a certificate of completion.

The classes cover important financial basics such as balancing check books, depositing money, writing checks, and understanding bank statements. Participants also learn how to keep credit in good standing, avoiding fraud, and practicing good financial decision making.

Ms. Large conducts classes for many different groups across central-Ohio to teach people about personal finance and savings. Participants’ ages range from 5 to 50, and the financial topics covered reach across a similarly broad base.

One agenda item covered for this specific group was a discussion of representative payees. A representative payee is a person or an organization appointed to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of his or her benefits. The main benefit of not having a representative payee, aside from the financial one ($39 or less per month), is gaining financial independence.

Kim explained that she typically starts out her classes with fact-finding, or “getting a feel for your crowd, to see what level they’re at” as she puts it.

“Some are very advanced, while others struggle with the concept of a statement,” said Kim. It’s not all button-down business though, as I learned when I stopped in to the second class. “They’re fun,” she said. “Especially when you see that the lightbulb goes off. The students are always smiling and interactive. It’s a positive environment. They’re just good people.”

If you are interested in Ms. Large visiting a group you’re affiliated with, you can contact her at 740-422-7443. For more information on the Pioneer Finance Program, please contact Patrick McFadden at 740-773-8044.