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Ohio Shared Living

Discover a little known housing option that is available for adults living with a developmental disability. Ohio Shared Living is an opportunity to live with a caregiver and become a part of their family!

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Summer Therapy 5K

The Pioneer Summer Therapy Program is hosting our 1st annual Run, Walk and Roll 5k/Family Fun Run to help support our summer therapy program.                          

When: April 22, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Camp Cattail
                322 Cattail Rd.
                Chillicothe, OH 45601
Cost: $26/participant, 10 years and under: FREE

Register at: http://www.rossdd.org/5k

Register before April 1st to be guaranteed a T-shirt on race day.

Not a runner, but want to help our program? You can still donate at the link above.


Provider Profile

AdaptAbilities – Frontier Community Services

In the general population not all housing developments are created with inclusion in mind, which is why Frontier Community Services is in the business they are in. Frontier is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating safe and affordable housing in Ohio. But they are also leveling the playing field by focusing on the construction of inclusive communities and supporting people with special needs with access to the supports they need to live their lives while being truly integrated into their community.

“You might say it’s in our DNA to provide housing for persons with disabilities,” suggests Rod Siddons, chief development officer at Frontier Community Services.

Frontier’s strategy has been simple; for every housing community they build, they incorporate accessible homes designed especially for people with disabilities. These single-story homes include layouts featuring open floor plans for easy maneuverability, ceiling tracks and door cut-outs for lift systems, roll-up sinks to accommodate a wheelchair, and custom-built bathrooms that provide space and flexibility. Recent houses that Frontier has constructed include fenced in backyards with patios and greenspace, and private areas to sit and relax.

“When you work in the field of developmental disabilities you realize quickly that the spectrum of disabilities is wide and deep. While we could make our best effort to be ‘all encompassing’ with a design for the individuals we serve, there were often changes that needed to be made to accommodate a specific person or need,” Rod states.

One of these special needs arose recently when a resident’s lift van could not fit all the way in the garage due to the customized van’s height. Rod asked the owner to measure the height of the van. “If I need to build something going forward to accommodate those types of vans, we will do that.”

Frontier has provided housing and support services to people with developmental disabilities since 1980. Because they are building houses for people with disabilities and others in the community, they are able to leverage several sources of funding. By using a combination of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the HOME program, the Ohio Housing Trust Fund, state funding, and Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, as well as private bank loans, they are able to continue building inclusive housing developments.

Over the past 20 years, Frontier has expanded housing efforts to include veterans, seniors, and low-income families. “We now have 30 multi-family developments with over 1400 units in our portfolio,” Rod says. “When I look back to see what we have done, it is amazing, but the work is here in front of us, and so we cannot spend much time looking back when there is so much good to do going forward.”


Thank You Charleston Church of the Brethren

Thank you for your $500 donation to The Pioneer Center Booster Club, Charleston Church of the Brethren!

The Pioneer Center Booster Club funds several events, initiatives and provides support for students in times of need.

The Booster Club pays for the Pioneer Tiger’s basketball and cheerleader’s uniforms, trophies, and award ceremonies at the end of the season.  They take the Pioneer School preschoolers to lunch twice a year and host an Easter egg hunt for them.

The Booster Club helps out in cases of deaths of students, staff, etc. – either by sending flowers or making a monetary contribution.  They also help out in emergency food and clothing for students and families in need.

The Pioneer Center Booster Club also furnishes Christmas and birthday gifts for all students.  They also sponsor Santa night for our students and siblings who might not get a chance to talk and visit with Santa. To learn more about the Pioneer Center Booster Club, please contact Booster President, Shelly Smith at 740-773-8044 or ssmith@rossdd.org .



Event turns job seeking on its ear


Wouldn’t it be nice when looking for a job to just sit back and wait for employers to come to you?

For those students and adults served by the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities, that wish became reality Monday afternoon during a reverse job fair at the Christopher Conference Center. The format, which flips the traditional job fair format on its ear, features job seekers sitting at tables with stacks of their resumes in front of them as they wait for potential employers to come sit down with them.


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