This #SituationSaturday we are asking you to take part in Southern Tier Tuesdays. STT is a not-for-profit grant program working in partnership with Upstate Shredding and WBNG 12 News to support area organizations making a difference in Southern Tier communities for Southern Tier citizens. The grant program allows people in the community to nominate organizations for consideration to receive a $2000 grant. Nominations are collected monthly and an independent committee reviews and narrows down nominations to 12 finalists. Finalists are announced on Southern Tier Tuesdays social channels, after which voting opens. Voting occurs over a 5-day window each month and those receiving the most votes determine the upcoming month’s grant recipients. The grant program is currently slated to continue through 2021. To participate please visit www.SouthernTierTuesdays.com, where you can nominate Springbrook for the grant! Don’t forget to like and share this post to spread the word on this opportunity! #TierTuesdays #SpringbrookNY
Did you know over 100 adults chose Springbrook’s Capstone Day Habilitation Program? Capstone Day Habilitation provides opportunities for meaningful new experiences, learning through practice and engagement in the community, fun activities like arts and crafts, volunteering, and an individualized approach to exploring interests and meeting goals.
During the pandemic, Day Habilitation staffing and programming were reorganized to provide these experiences within Springbrook’s Home Unit structure, eliminating unnecessary in-person interactions. Many opportunities were brought into each residence through technology. Smart-TVs with webcams allowed people at various locations to virtually meet at the Capstone site for their usual activities like yoga, current events discussions, arts & crafts, and social visits with friends. Though Springbrook has returned to many in-person programs, this technology is still available today, providing even more options for the people who chose Springbrook for their day programming.
The dedication, creativity, and collaboration of Springbrook’s staff were vital to the success of this programmatic shift. Similarly, we owe thanks to a very generous (and anonymous) local foundation that funded the purchase of the technology needed to make virtual programming a possibility.
Grants, like this one, and donations provide us the necessary ability to remain flexible and innovative in times of need. If you can, consider giving a gift today you can help make a difference!
It’s #TakeALookTuesday and today we are highlighting an exciting career opportunity – Development Manager. Join Springbrook’s team and contribute your talent to the vital work of the Springbrook Foundation.
As the Development Manager, you will have the freedom to develop fundraising programs and plan special events to maximize donor engagement. You will work to achieve funding goals that help us improve the lives of the people we support. If you have the knowledge, experience, and qualifications this position requires, and wish to work in a field where you can make a difference, please consider applying.
Click below to apply, and please like and share this to help spread the opportunity to others.
Last Saturday, Pierstown Community Home residents found themselves in a fun and colorful situation! The residents took on the Splash Path at Pathfinder Village in Edmeston for the annual 5k and Fun Walk, where they were greeted by beautiful weather. Both residents and staff enjoyed getting painted with different colors over the course of the fun walk! It was a raucous time that was enjoyed by all! Check out these great photos from the event! #SituationSaturday
Fall is a great time to get outside and take a walk in the woods! Springbrook’s Nature Trail, located on the grounds of our main campus has been a wonderful resource for residents, families, and staff. The trail consists of over 2 miles of pathways that lead to some very impressive views – made even more beautiful by the vibrant colors of autumn.
Current access to the trailhead requires driving into campus, so for now the trail system is only open to Springbrook community members. However, we are seeking funding to construct more comprehensive access to the trail, including a new road and parking lot, which will provide an alternate route and trail entry available for public use.
There is no shortage of ideas and inspiration for the future of our wonderful outdoor resource! Funded by a grant from the J. M. MacDonald Foundation, a picnic area, exercise stations, nature interpretation signage, and sensory activity stations will soon be added to further enhance the trail experience.
We are fortunate to have this outdoor space for recreation, exercise, and social activity, but we know that without the donations and grants generously given to our cause, the Nature Trail wouldn’t exist! To make a donation to Springbrook, please visit our giving page or text SPRINGBROOK to 243-725 today!
This #WellnessWednesday don’t forget about the next public meeting of the OPWDD Autism Spectrum Disorders Advisory Board on Friday October 8, 2021, from 9 am – 11 am. The board was founded to help provide information and direction to NYS policymakers, persons with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, and their families. Please share and plan on attending to stay up-to-date on all of the latest information, and supports available. Click below to view the agenda and join via Webex. #SpringbrookNY
This Take a Look Tuesday, we are excited to share a story of SDS participant Howard Struble. On Friday, October 1, at the Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called out for historic investment in home and community-based services (HCBS) through the Better Care, Better Jobs Act. Howard, seen in the video with the red sweatshirt, lives at Century Sunrise in Johnson City and chooses Self-Directed Services through Springbrook. Howard was there to advocate for himself and others for an increase in funds for caregivers and at-home healthcare. At this event, Howard discussed his concerns with the Senator: “We need this because I don’t want to have to depend on living in a nursing home.” He continued, “You can’t be independent if you’re living in an assisted facility. We need to be on our own, we need to feel independent, we need to feel wanted and needed.” Howard is an excellent advocate for himself and others, and with your support, we can make a positive difference. So take part and like and share this news report today! #BetterCareBetterJobs #TakeALookTuesday #SpringbrookNY
Here is the #SituationSaturday! Stephanie Davy, Springbrook’s new Community Homes Director is sending a huge shout-out to BillieJo Fairchild and Elaine Ranc from DayHab. Stephanie said, “These exemplary employees went out of their way to support one of our community homes that needed support with staffing. They are dynamic women and I want to thank them for their hard work.” We need to recognize the dedication of DSPs, so please like and share, and if you see a DSP, please say thank you! #SpringbrookNY
When the pandemic began, many people began use technology more frequently than ever to collaborate for work and school, to socialize with family and friends, to attend meetings and services, and even to attend healthcare appointments.
Since the outbreak, to provide regular acute care for residents and students while minimizing their COVID exposure risk, Springbrook significantly expanded the use of telemedicine, or virtual long-distance health care and monitoring.
With this technology, our Wellness Center provider Betty Lee, along with other Springbrook nurses, have been able to provide safe, frequent, and consistent health monitoring for students and residents. The use of telemedicine has also facilitated access to specialists that would otherwise be out of reach for our community. Specifically, Springbrook has been able to provide mental health services to those who need or want it via telepsych with psychiatric providers.
The equipment, software, and contractual services necessary to implement telemedicine for Springbrook over the past few years, especially during the pandemic, have been purchased through grants from state resources and Care Compass Network, a not-for-profit community organization that supports better health care delivery. It is through grants and donations like these that we can provide the best quality of care to those who choose Springbrook!
To make a donation to Springbrook, please visit our giving page or text SPRINGBROOK to 243-725 today!