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HERMON, ME – Danita “Dani” McKenney-Hallett of OHI received her American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) 2018 Maine Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Award April 17 at a ceremony in New Orleans, La.

The Maine Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the University of Maine at Augusta, invites you to a Maine State Forum addressing the sexual abuse of people with developmental disabilities.

If you or someone you love is unable to work due to an illness or life-long disability, you might be eligible for assistance. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers resources for people who are unable to earn a living wage due to a disability. If your disability will last for at least a year or is terminal, you may be eligible.

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Wende Tyler

HERMON, ME - Wende Tyler of OHI received her American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) 2017 Maine Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Award on May 3 at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas.

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By Paul Denikin

(It is estimated that one in six children between the ages of 3 and 17 have a developmental disability. My daughter Maggie is one of them. When she was born, my wife and I quickly learned that we had to make some minor - and major - changes to make our house a happy place for her to grow up. Instead of paying a contractor to handle all the repairs, I decided to learn how to tackle some of them myself. It was important to us that any improvements were functional for everyone in the family, so I did a lot of research on universal design and accessibility modifications and got to work. With several projects successfully under my belt, I started DadKnowsDIY.com. It’s a side project that allows me to share my knowledge with home improvement novices, but it’s also a means to connect with other people seeking to modify their homes for a loved one with a disability.)

One of the places in your home that poses the most risk to personal safety is the bathroom. From slipping and falling in the shower, to falling while getting up or down from the toilet, to slipping on a wet floor, anyone can get injured in the bathroom; however, the risk is much higher for people with disabilities.

That’s why making your bathroom more accessible is one of the first things you should do when considering the various home repairs and modifications to make to accommodate people with disabilities. We share some bathroom accommodations that are most critical to improving safety here, to help you plan ways to make your home more accessible for people with disabilities.

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program 

HERMON, ME - OHI has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for January 2017.

This exciting program has been designed to support local nonprofits like OHI. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag with the good karma message
purchased at the Broadway Street Hannaford store, OHI will receive a $1 donation in order to help fulfill its mission of inspiring adults with intellectual disabilities and mental illness to recognize possibilities and lead meaningful lives.

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit www.hannaford.bags4mycause.com or www.facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

OHI, Hermon - The Brewer Area Food Pantry holds a food drive 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Brewer Hannaford parking lot at 383 Wilson Street.
With the food drive taking place on Halloween, treat bags will be provided to children who accompany parents to donate.
“The food pantry depends upon donations to help our neighbors in need,” said Brenda Leavitt, OHI director of resource development. “As typical, donations tend to dwindle during the summer. As we gear up for the upcoming holiday basket season, we hope people will give from the heart and for the heart – food that is nutritious and healthy.”

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, HERMON, Maine – Brewer High School kicked off a school-wide food drive Nov. 9 to support the Brewer Area Food Pantry with a goal of collecting 2015 items.

This 10-day food drive is one of three being conducted at the Brewer high and community schools.

dead river donationOHI President and Chief Executive Officer Bonnie-Jean Brooks (left) accepts a $500 donation from Dacia Mason, Dead River Company Brewer branch manager.

By Rich Romero
OHI Resource Developer

OHI, HERMON, Maine – Dead River Company surprised the Brewer Area Food Pantry with a $500 donation during a food drive Oct. 30-31.

At the end of the two days, Brewer residents donated more than 743 pounds and $666 for the food pantry during the fundraiser in the Save-A-Lot parking lot.