Our Neck of the Woods: News and Events

5 Things to Know About EVV

Ohioans receiving Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) and Developmental Disabilities Nursing Services will soon be required to use Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) when their services begin and end. Kristy Wathen from the Ohio Department of Medicaid tells you 5 Things to Know About EVV.

Shared Living

Shared Living is an option within Residential Services in which a person in the community and a person with an intellectual or developmental disability choose to live together and share life's experiences. See first hand in the video above, a success story here in Guernsey County. To learn more, contact Jennifer Oakley, Employment Navigator/Provider Support at joakley@guernseycountydd.org or call 740-439-4451 at the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

MEORC Guernsey County - Sonya

Early Intervention - Easton

Employment Navigation - Randy

Early Intervention - Regan

Employment Navigation - Will



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 Working Wednesday

Our January Working Wednesday is Michele.

In early 2019, Michele was referred to the Employment First program through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. During this time Michele began working with employment provider, RHDD Creative Employment Solutions, to design a path toward her personal employment goals.

While working with Creative Employment Solutions, Michele continues to work on her vocational skills by attending Guernsey Industries five days a week. Not one for down time, Michele also volunteers at a local day care where she loves helping out with the kids.

At Guernsey Industries for several years, her manager, Angel, would say that the "jobs that she has loved the most are the ones where she has been able to help other people. She has such a big heart and a passion for helping other people that it is impossible to not see. She worked for many years in the kitchen at the County Board of DD preparing and serving food to the children of Golden Rule School which she truly loved."

"Michele would do anything to help anyone and on top of her generous heart, she is extremely talented on the pallet floor, which is the department she works in when she isn't doing ALL of these things., and she absolutely loves doing all of it, because she wouldn't be herself if she wasn't able to make a difference in someone else's life and every moment you spend with her she changes your outlook on life!"

In today's world, job searching can be a long and tedious process, but Michele is proof that through hard work, dedication, and patience, the end goal is possible!

Congratulations Michele!


Community Partner Award

The Community Partner Award is our thanks to our partners in the community who go the extra mile for our individuals!

Brian Brown, A.B. Technicians