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Spring/Summer eNews


In this issue of the Avenues News:
New Avenues welcomes star of Born This Way to Applause
5 outstanding leaders join our team

Lincoln Electric gives back - again
Places we go, people we see
Children's Summer Camp expands
GROW Foundation ROCKS!
Volunteers make a big impact this spring
Let the shredding begin!

McGohan Brabender supports employee wellness
New Avenues by the numbers
Upcoming events at New Avenues
Cleveland Clinic supports Buckeye Industries
New Avenues recognizes Direct Support Staff

New Avenues welcomes star of Born This Way to Applause

So many reasons to roar! Explore the wonders of the natural world as we celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities at Applause at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, our 2nd annual fundraising gala on Saturday, October 8.

Special guest presenter is Megan Bomgaars, star of A&E’s hit reality show Born This Way. Born with Down Syndrome, Megan lives by her motto of “Don’t Limit Me” as an accomplished textile artist and advocate forovercoming limitations and being included in the community.

Applause also features gourmet fare by award-winning chef Zach Bruell, dancing among the dinosaurs and an exciting program. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at Your support will help more than 750 individuals with disabilities whom we serve. Don’t miss it!

5 outstanding leaders join our team

New Avenues recently added to our team a diverse group of leaders with nearly 100 years of combined expertise. Welcome!

Logan Andress, Director of Community-based Services, has worked for the courts, in direct care, and most recently as New Avenues’ Staff Development Specialist. He is responsible for our Supported Living programs in Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula counties, as well as our Children's Programs.

Mary Grodek, Director of Community Relations, has more than 20 years of award-winning experience at Cleveland State University, Nestlé and several nonprofits.
Greg Kope
, Staff Development Specialist, served Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities for more than 20 years as a QIDP*/Manager, Supervisor and in direct care.

Diane McClusky, Director of Residential Services, has nearly 20 years of expertise as a QIDP and Program Director at REM Ohio. She will lead the way in creating Individual Habilitation Plans to reach personal goals and develop the skills necessary for independent living.

Jeff Mordaunt, CPA, CFF, CLP, was named to New Avenues’ Board of Directors. He is a Managing Director in the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group at Stout¦Risius¦Ross.
*Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional


Lincoln Electric gives back – again

For the 4th year in a row, the Lincoln Electric Foundation has awarded a generous grant of $3,000 in support of our programs and services, specifically Buckeye Industries, our Vocational Services program. The Foundation supports nonprofits in the Cleveland area through their annual giving program. Lincoln Electric has been a Buckeye Industries Business Partner for more than 5 years, providing cardboard, polystyrene and other plastics for our Eastlake recycling facility. We are extremely grateful for our ongoing working relationship with Lincoln Electric and the generous support of the Foundation.

Places we go, people we see        
Spring is always busy at New Avenues. Walking club, Cleveland Museum of Art, volunteering, the library – our participants share a few favorite community activities.

Main Campus Day Services saw The Jungle Book.

William – I liked it. My favorite part was all the talking animals.

Darrell – It was a good movie. The good part was the big ape monkey because he was a big tough monkey.
Buckeye Industries at Bennington hosted birds of prey from the Medina Raptor Center, whose volunteers gave a wonderful, up-close look at rescued hawks and owls with disabilities.
Louis – I liked how they could fly and eat, and their noses (beaks).

Arthur – I really like the owl and his big eyes and hands and his beak. I really like animals!
Madison Day Services visited the Madison Fire and Police departments.
Nick – I liked the firemen. They were nice. We learned a lot about fire hazards and the yearly inspections of the
Paul – Liked knowing that the police keep him safe and take the bad guys away.
Richard – We learned a lot about fire safety from the firemen. We learned the importance of using the crosswalks from the police.
Nicole – I learned that the fire extinguishers need to be checked every year.
Buckeye Industries at Eastlake enjoyed a PlayhouseSquare performance of The Fantasticks, designed to enhance the experience for people with autism.
Monica – I loved it! I liked the music.
Kathy – It was funny.

Children's Summer Camp expands

Best summer ever! We’re excited to offer Half-Day Integrated Preschool as part of Summer Camp 2016. From June 20–July 22 at Broadmoor School in Mentor, 3 and 4 year olds with and without disabilities are welcome to enjoy swimming, music, art, gym, playground and outside time, food fun and more. The program qualifies as Extended School Year (ESY).

Campers age 14 and up may also enroll in our new community engagement classroom. Outings include ice-skating, making pizza, hiking at Holden Arboretum, Lake Farmpark and much more. 


GROW Foundation ROCKS!         

The Middle School branch of the GROW Foundation at Hathaway Brown School has approved a grant for our Children’s Programs. The funds will purchase much-needed therapeutic equipment to enhance our educational and recreational programming at Summer Camp and Swim, Gym & More.

GROW, Girls Reaching Others Worldwide, is a student-run foundation at Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights. The goal is “to encourage and support educational programming by
assisting organizations that address real community needs. GROW strives to develop civic responsibility especially in the greater Cleveland community so more people will aid humanity.”

“We are very appreciative of the generous support from the GROW Foundation,” says Cheryl  General, Children’s Programs Director. “Their funding over the past few years makes a huge difference in our ability to help children with special needs become more independent. THANK YOU!”

Volunteers make big impact this spring

You can too!

Thanks to Empower Sports, more than 50 men and women enjoyed healthier days! Day Services welcomed volunteers from this nonprofit committed to bringing sports and exercise programs to children and adults with various disabilities. The dynamic volunteers led the way in upbeat, energetic exercises. Our participants couldn’t wait to work out and have fun with their new friends.
Volunteer hours go up, up, up

New Avenues volunteers have already contributed more than 1,500 hours in 2016! They impact the lives of hundreds of men, women and children in Day and Vocational
Services, Children’s Programs, and Clerical Support. Awesome groups who recently donated their time, energy and smiles include Western Reserve Junior Service League, St. Albert the Great Parish and Empower Sports. Our ongoing volunteers assisted with gardening, creating art, job coaching and ensuring that folks have a meaningful day.
Have a hobby or interest you’d like to share?             

Let us know! We need people like you to bring joy and new experiences to participants in our Day Services Program! To make a difference in the life of someone with a disability, contact Toni Speed at 216-217-2008 or

Let the shredding begin!

All in a better day’s work. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District has once again provided generous support to Buckeye Industries through a Recycling Container grant. The funds will purchase a heavy duty shredder to process paper at our Main Campus facility. This shredder will replace older ones that no longer work efficiently and allow us to double the amount of paper that is shredded. We are very grateful to the Solid Waste District! They have been a true friend and supporter. For ALL YOU DO, thanks!


McGohan Brabender supports employee wellness

McGohan Brabender, who provides health insurance brokerage services to New Avenues, gave $2,000 to assist our Wellness Committee with its healthy living initiatives in 2016. We are so very grateful for their commitment to improving the overall health of our employees. Their contributions allow us to offer healthy opportunities for exercise and weight loss, as well as beneficial information and incentives to explore the possibilities for healthier lives. A huge thank you to McGohan Brabender for their generosity and caring!


Upcoming Events at New Avenues

We’re having lots of fun at New Avenues.
Here are some ways you can be involved:

Purchase your ticket for
Applause at the Museum
October 8

Volunteer at the
New Avenues Halloween Dance
October 28

Save the date for
Holiday Ball
December 6

For more information on upcoming events,
visit or call 216-481-1907


Cleveland Clinic supports Buckeye Industries

Gabriele Olinchic and our friends at the Cleveland Clinic raised nearly $1,400 at a raffle at their Earth Day Fair to benefit our Vocational Services program, Buckeye Industries! Thank you to everyone who participated!


New Avenues recognizes Direct Support Staff

March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. We gave over 300 goodie bags to our hardworking direct support staff as a little “thank you” for all they do!