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Did you know that one in every five Americans is affected by a disability that impacts vision, hearing, mobility, mental development or ability to learn? This translates into 54 million people striving to gain greater independence within their communities.*
Engaging individuals with disabilities in community activities is one of the goals at SKSF Adult Services. SKSF recognizes the needs of adults with disabilities to be included in community service projects giving them the same satisfaction as those volunteering without disabilities. “We’ve noticed the adults we serve are increasing their confidence, establishing new relationships and friendships, and feeling personal accomplishment with a sense of inclusion,” said Program Director, Kim Sommer. Volunteering makes anyone feel recognized and valued and gives the opportunity to learn and practice useful skills that can be applied to everyday life in making choices, pursuing paid employment opportunities, and service to others.
Individuals using SKSF services have been very busy over the past few months volunteering in the Colorado Springs community. Groups have helped out at the Salvation Army ringing the bell for holiday collection, helped pick up trash and rake leaves at Nancy Lewis Park, assisted God’s Pantry in Ellicott straightening and cleaning out pantry items, and gathered over ten bags of canned goods and various food items for a food bank in Calhan. Last month, a group of adults sang Christmas carols at The ARC, the interagency transition meeting, and the Independent Center. These types of projects give volunteers a real sense of belonging and contribution to society.
SKSF Adult Services, a program of Special Kids Special Families, provides services to adults with developmental disabilities and/or multiple disabling conditions. Adult Day Programs provide community based, consumer driven activities focusing on the development of relationships and inclusion opportunities. SKSF provides access to volunteer programs as well as hobby and recreational activities. Joey’s Place provides center based activities to assist in various life skills, prevocational skills and hobbies. Their new facility, located at 3450 N. Nevada Avenue, includes a large kitchen, computer room, sensory room, craft room, conference areas and a large stage to perform.
SKSF looks forward to continue engaging in various community service projects throughout the year. If you have a community service project that SKSF adults can help with, please contact Kim at (719) 634-4675. Visit our website at www.sksfcolorado.org for more information about SKSF Adult Service programs and Open House details.
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Jackson Automotive of Fountain, Colorado recently informed their customers of a new web service they’ve enabled at OwnerAutoSite.com. The service allows Jackson’s customers to register at the site for free and then have access to a complete history of their car’s repairs and maintenance at Jackson Automotive.
Customers can also receive email reminders when it’s time for regular maintenance and view videos that explain and show the customer what they can do to prolong the life and enhance the performance of their own vehicle. They can also request service appointments online and even enter a description of the problem so that the mechanic can hit the ground running when they get there.
Increasing available information and enabling more effective and convenient communication are sure fire ways to improve your customers’ experience. Happy customers are repeat customers and serial referrers. This isn’t exactly break-through technology, but it’s a good idea and seems to present a great value proposition to the shop as well as its customers.
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When the Humane Society informed Fort Carson they would no longer be able to provide rescue and shelter services for abandoned and relinquished animals on post, Land of Ahs Kennels in Fountain, CO, stepped up to the challenge.
As of January 1, 2012, Land of Ahs is under contract with Fort Carson as Fort Carson Animal Rescue. Abandoned, lost or relinquished pets are brought to their facility, where they are cleaned, fed, housed and cared for. The intake and housing for rescued animals is in a separate building from the rest of the kennel, so there is no intermingling with the customer pet population.
After 5 days, if an animal is not claimed by its owner, the pets are available for adoption or taken by other rescue services such as Pals Forever, All Breed Rescue and even the Humane Society if they have room.
Owners Eileen and Merle Maser are happy to report that of the 15 rescued animals they’ve taken in to date, all have either been reclaimed or adopted except the one cat that came in recently. If you’ve lost a pet on or near Fort Carson, you can visit www.FCAR.biz to see if they’ve been brought to the Fort Carson Animal Rescue.
Land of Ahs is a full service kennel, located on Jordan Rd, on the south end of Fountain. They offer pet boarding as well as pick up and delivery via their Pet Taxi.
For more information visit their new and improved website at www.landofahskennel.com or call