On April 23, 2013 the board of directors of C.E.R.T.S. voted to expand our services into Kent County. This is an exciting time in the history of C.E.R.T.S. We have experienced a lot of “firsts” in the 6+ years since we opened our doors at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in North Wilmington in October 2006 with four participants and a borrowed Sunday school room! In the summer of 2011, we moved into a wonderful 6,750 square foot new location at the corner of Elkton Road and Casho Mill Road in the City of Newark. We have grown to 26 young men and women. We are currently negotiating for space in South Smyrna and plan to open our doors on August 1. We are taking applications for participants for the program and also for staff. Both applications can be downloaded off the website at www.certsinc.org.
Thank you to the Delaware Community Foundation for a grant which will allow us to purchase a TRAM . The TRAM will greatly enhance our ability to safely move and transfer program participants throughout the day as we participate in various program activities and as we go through our daily routines. It not only provides assisting in lifting and transferring participants, but also serves to improve their own capacity to bear weight, and acts as a scale for weight and provides a gauge of active weight bearing capability.
Several times during the month C.E.R.T.S. Adult Action Center has visiting programs who work with our participants,
Lisa Bartoli from Art Therapy Express has brought innovative art ideas to C.E.R.T.S. to allow our participants to show off their artistic talent using assistive technology, ingenuity and just about any item you’d never imagine could be used to paint with!! Every second and fourth Thursday of the month Tilly the canine and her human who are from “Paws for People” come for a visit and brighten our day. On the first and third Thursdays of the month we have Rusty & Max visiting from “Faithful Friends’ Therapy Program”. Steve the potter comes twice a month to assist our participants with making beautiful hand-thrown pottery; and Rob the Music Man comes twice a month as well to entertain everyone with his many musical instruments and great singing voice. We are always looking for opportunities to introduce our participants to exciting new things. The participants are planning an art show for late Spring to show off their amazing creations.
Get ready to put on your 50s clothes and come out to listen to 50s music at the Run, Rock & Roll For Their Future 5K Benefit!!! Or better yet put on your walking or running shoes and participate in the event as a walker or runner!! The 5K will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. with race day registration at 5:30 p.m. at Glasgow Park, Route 40 in Newark. This is a benefit for C.E.R.T.S., Adult Action Center.
Race participants can run with awards presented for overall male and female runners plus top 3 winners in each age group. Wheel chairs and strollers are welcome for the walk portion of the race. T-shirts will be available for pre-registered runners, walkers and rollers while supplies last. Preregistration is $20 or $10 for those under 10 years of age if registered by May 16.
Vivian J. Turner, MPA, Executive Director, said, “A community event like this raises funds to support the programs for our participants and gives us more public visibility.” Cindy Jenkins, event co-chair said, I am chairing this race because my family has benefited first-hand from C.E.R.T.S. The event is being coordinated by Races2Run. Sign up now!
Thanks to the Christmas Shop Foundation who awarded a generous gift to C.E.R.T.S. for musical instruments.Grier Flinn, Allocations Chair, for the Christmas Shop Foundation, said “Competition for these funds grows each year as the needs in our community increase. We are pleased to partner with you and wish you success as you work to meet the many needs in our Delaware community.” Vivian J. Turner, MPA, Executive Director, for C.E.R.T.S. said, “I know our participants will love the musical instruments which have been adapted so they can use them on their own. The members of C.E.R.T.S. accpet this grant with much gratitude and knowledge of the work before us to fulfill our mission of service to the least served in our state-those with multiple, sever disabilities.”