We kicked off Employee Appreciation Week with breakfast bright and early Monday morning.
On Tuesday we delivered ice cream and cookies to everyone! But our favorite part of the week was our celebration on Thursday night!
This years theme is "Around the World." We had four teams and each team was given a country. Each team did a presentation and a dance for their country. The first team had China.
Next up came Scotland.
It was tough to pick a winner, everyone was so creative. But we had to go with Team China.
We then enjoyed an awesome meal together and were able to pass out goodies to all of our employees!
On March 16th Endless Options, Inc. hosted an event to bring the community together and show the similarities in all people. We then served cake and refreshments at our Howard County Service Coordination offices to celebrate five years of local service coordination.
We had an amazing turnout at this event and were fortunate enough to have a drone available to take aerial photos, courtesy of our Board President, Paul Byland.
We look forward to hosting this event for many more years. Make sure you check out all of the pictures and mark your calendars for March of 2017!
Starting next week, May 9th, we will be in the home stretch of our fundraising campaign for the property purchase. We have a goal of $10,000, and our efforts in March got us 32% of the way there. By June 30th we hope to meet that goal.
We need your donations, large and small. No amount is too small. All donations are tax deductible.
Here’s a few ways you can donate:
EO Recycles is a civic partnership in that we serve the recycling needs of Howard County, not just Fayette. Recycling is for everyone.
EO Recycles is busy with keeping our current site across from the post office sorted, swept, and in good working condition. We hope everyone has heard the news that we are now able to sort and sell the recycling. We appreciate you continuing to bring us your recycling.
Meanwhile, work continues on the new site. Today we watched the demolition of the old house at the property where we hope to build. This is coupled with the process we have been going through with the city to change the zoning from residential to commercial and to gain approval for our conditional use. We are moving ahead full steam and very excited about our progress. Look for our upcoming ad on ways you can help.
Check out before and after photos below!
We had so much fun Saturday at our 4th Annual Ability 5K! We had 76 people sign up of which over 50 people participated in the 5K. Our very own Susan Watring came in first place at 26:48. We still have some shirts left, if you would like one they are $20 each. Check out the pictures from the event:
Since we have several windows on the square at The Attic we decided to use the space in the best way possible during the month of March, to raise awareness of developmental disabilities and to promote our 2016 campaign!
Each team was tasked with designing a window that incorporated the following:
1. Our 2016 "Around the World" theme.
2. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
3. Our 2016 Campaign, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - A Home for EO Recycles.
As you can see, they each did an amazing job! Now comes the fun part, the competition. Each window will be judged by a panel of judges, but also by YOU, all you need to do is go to our Facebook Page (click here) and "like" your favorite picture, although we can tell you the pictures don't do the windows true justice. If you want to see them go by The Attic at 108 N Church St. and 112 N Church St. on the square in Fayette.
Missouri Spring 2016
Welcome to Missouri, where spring weather runs hot and cold.
Sometimes there is so much snow to hunt Easter eggs you have to be bold.
Other days, you leave home in a sweatshirt
Only to return dragging it in the dirt.
In the morning there may be birds and flowers
Then there could be floods in a few hours.
We have good things coming too!
Things like St. Patrick's Day, opening of baseball season, and the calves may even moo.
Written by Maryssa, Bryan, and Melissa
The Attic Annex opened its doors in late November of 2015 shortly after completing the move of The Attic into our old location on the square at 108 N Church St. in Fayette. We knew that we were going to have much less space to display items, but we still wanted to be able to offer our customers a large selection and variety!
We found a second location at 205 N Main St. in Fayette and were able to hire a part-time staff to operate this additional store. We are now open Wednesday - Saturday 12 PM - 5 PM and by appointment at this location. The Attic is still open Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM.
The Attic Annex offers a variety of items, something to suit every style and need. Check out some of the many unique items we have for sale. We have everything from clothing and accessories to furniture and more, so stop by and see us soon!
That is the collective number of years of experience in supporting people with developmental disabilities that came together for Brown Bag Lunch in January.
Brown Bag Lunch is a monthly "lunch and learn" that is hosted by Howard County Service Coordination for the county service providers. Most months the participants discuss rules and regulations, division directives, guidelines and procedures.
This month participants from Howard County Service Coordination, Endless Options, and the Braun Agency paused to take a moment to celebrate the New Year, look back at where we have been, and focus on where we are going. Together.
During discussion the group shared what brought them to work in the field. Answers varied but the overreaching theme was that most came for a college practicum or a job to get through college. Very few chose to make a career of working in this field. This field has a way of choosing us. We laughed at the shared moments of joy and agreed about the challenges that we face daily.
When you have that many years of experience in one place, great things can happen. And they are happening every day.
Our annual holiday party was a huge success. We were very fortunate to be able to have Settler's Inn cater our meal this year. We owe a huge thank you to all of our staff that helped plan, decorate, set up, and clean up this year!
We were very excited to implement Service Awards this year. The awards are given in five year increments and are as follows:
Five Years - $250
Ten Years - $500
Fifteen Years - $750
Twenty & Greater Years - $1,000
We had SIXTEEN employees to receive awards! This is a huge number of long term employees to celebrate! Each supervisor spoke about our employees and celebrated their successes.
2015 Five Year Service Awards
2015 Ten Year Service Awards
We also gave a ten year award to Diana Mueller who is not pictured.
2015 Fifteen Year Service Awards
If you haven't seen the video that was also made to celebrate Debra Miller's years of service you can watch it here.