Oswego Newsletter – November 2013 – Text-Only

Expressing Our Thanks

By: Sabine Ingerson

Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few weeks. It is a time to reflect on this past year and the many people that have touched our lives — whether it was through kindness, time spent with us, or services and supports.

I am thankful for the increasing number of people who have put their trust in ARISE for assistance, be it through information and referral, advocacy for housing or education, ramps, or benefits advisement.

The United Way of Greater Oswego recently created a video produced by Allain Daigle that features a thankful couple who received a ramp through our Oswego County Ramp Program. For the first time in years, the couple was finally able get out of their house to go shopping, an activity most of us engage in without much preparation. You can watch the video at ariseinc.org/category/news/.

I am thankful for the caring staff who provide personal care. They are the ones our participants rely on to get ready for the day. A special thanks to Cheryl Arnold, our manager of the CDPAP department, who is often referred to as an angel because she is always willing to lend an ear when people are looking for a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

I am thankful for our Habilitation, Respite, and Employment Departments for their efforts to help people increase their independence. The creativity of the staff, especially those who work in the homes and in comunity settings, is amazing.

I am thankful for the Medicaid Service Coordinators. They, too, provide guidance and assistance on all of the services available in our community. I have heard over and over again how much these staff members mean to the families and individuals they serve.

I am thankful for the staff who provide counseling as well as lead our support and recreational groups. It is at those meetings that I have experienced much laughter, encouragment, and acceptance among the participants.

I am thankful for the administrative staff whose actions make ARISE services possible in the front office and behind the scenes.

I am thankful for the Advisory Committee in Oswego, the Board of Directors, and the Foundation who, along with our Exective Director, Tom McKeown, not only share their ideas for future projects and collaborations but also provide direction and oversight.

I am thankful for our community. Many people have donated items for the Thanksgiving baskets which will be distributed by Catholic Charities, Human Concerns, and many other organizations. If you would like a basket, please check with your MSC or coordinator so they can help you apply.

Let us take time to share our thanks and please accept mine. Thank you!

Breast Cancer Awareness

ARISE staff recently participated in the 4th Annual Oswego Human Pink Ribbon in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Women with disabilities often face additional barriers to health services. We are proud to reach out to thousands of women through our free Breast Health Awareness & Outreach Program funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Through this program, we’re able to help women overcome barriers so that they can receive the care that they need.

To learn more, visit our website at ariseinc.org.

Habilitation Department News

REQUIRED Annual Safety & Security Trainings for Staff

  • October 28th 3-4pm Large Conference Room
  • November 15th 10-11am Large Conference Room
  • November 19th 5-6pm Large Conference Room
  • November 25th 2-3pm Large Conference Room

Thank you to Nikki and Ginny for attending Staff Development Day!

Thank you to all of the CIS for the services you provide to participants!

Don’t forget Late Nights have started! If you plan on coming, please call your coordinator. The rule is if no one shows up by 5pm, we will close the office. Thanks for your participation during late nights.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to see staff in action!

The date for craft night will be announced. Watch for posters at the sign in desk!

Don’t forget  to complete the Corporate Compliance Training!

Election Day News

Having difficulty marking a paper ballot independently?

On Election Day, November 5th 2013, vote independently and privately

Ask to Vote on the Ballot Marking Device (BMD)!

Remember the polls will be open from 6 am until 9 pm on November 5th for you to cast your vote.

This year the elections are on the local level, your city or town government, county government and some state races, including Judge Positions. There will also be referendums on the ballot for you to make choices on.

It is always important for the disability community to get out and voice our opinion(s) on who our leaders will be and what issues we support or do not support.

See you at the Polls!!

MSC Blog

With the upcoming holidays I thought it would be helpful to give a list of places that are offering free holiday meals and food baskets.

  • Catholic Charities is having their annual food basket giveaway for Thanksgiving. Applications are being accepted for Thanksgiving until November 8th. The baskets can be picked up on November 18, 19, and 20th. Catholic Charities will let you know what time.
  • La Parrilla in Oswego is holding their second annual free dinner including turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing from 11am until 2pm on Thanksgiving Day. La Parrilla is located on 118 W 2nd St. in Oswego.
  • The State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton is having free Thanksgiving Day dinners from 12-2pm. They are located on 33 South 3rd St. in Fulton.
  • The Syracuse Rescue Mission is offering Thanksgiving Dinners from 11am until 12:30pm at 148 Gifford St., Syracuse.

As important as it is to spend time with friends and family during the holidays it is also a good time to volunteer to help others. Many places are looking for volunteers on Thanksgiving to serve dinners.

After Thanksgiving dinner there will be leftovers so I wanted to give you a few ideas for healthy recipes. Turkey sandwiches the next day are always delicious with lettuce and tomato served on whole wheat bread, a pita pocket, or in a wrap. Another idea is to use any roasted potatoes or sweet potatoes with an omelet for breakfast the next day. Another idea for leftovers is Turkey Soup (recipe from simplerecipes.com).

Making the Turkey Stock

  1. Remove all the usable turkey meat from the turkey carcass to save for making sandwiches later or for adding to the soup.
  2.  Break up the leftover bones of the carcass a bit, so they don’t take up as much room in the pot. Put the leftover bones and skin into a large stock pot and cover with cold water by an inch. Add any drippings that weren’t used to make gravy, and any giblets (except liver) that haven’t been used already. Add a yellow onion that has been quartered, some chopped carrots, parsley, thyme, a bay leaf, celery tops, and some peppercorns.
  3. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to bring the stock to a bare simmer or just below a simmer. (If you would like to have a clear stock, do not bring the stock to a boil. Keep the stock below a simmer, as the more you simmer, the more cloudy the stock will be.) Skim off any foam that may float to the surface of the stock.
  4. Add salt and pepper (about 1 tsp. of salt and 1/2 tsp. of pepper– it depends on how big your turkey is. You can always add more to the soup later.)
  5. Cook for at least 4 hours, uncovered or partially uncovered (so the stock reduces), occasionally skimming off any foam that comes to the surface. To help maintain a steady, even heat, you can cook the stock in a 180-200°F oven.
  6. Remove the bones and veggies and strain the stock, ideally through a very fine mesh strainer.
  7. If making stock for soups in the future, you may want to reduce the stock by cooking it longer, uncovered, at a bare simmer, to make it more concentrated and easier to store.

Making the Turkey Soup

  1. With your stock already made, add chopped carrots, onions, and celery in equal parts. Add some parsley and a couple cloves of garlic. Add seasoning (poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, marjoram and/or a bouillon cube).
  2. Cook at a bare simmer until the vegetables are cooked through. (Or you can  sauté the vegetables first in a little fat rendered from the soup and add the vegetables back to the soup right before serving). You can also add rice, noodles, or even leftover mashed potatoes (or not, if you want a low carb version).
  3. Take some of the remaining turkey meat you reserved earlier, shred it into bite sized pieces, and add to the soup. You may also want to add some chopped tomatoes (either fresh or canned). Add salt and pepper to taste. Sometimes a dash or two of Tabasco gives the soup a nice little kick.

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

-Shannon

Employment

ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) is an agency in the New York State Education Department that has helped many individuals with disabilities find and keep employment. You may know the agency from it’s previous acronym: VESID.

Over the past year, ACCES-VR has helped over 900 people in Central New York (including 80 in Oswego County) succeed in careers ranging from customer service to information technology. Services to help eligible individuals reach their employment goals may include but are not limited to: job coaching, employment counseling, advocacy, and financial assistance with training, equipment, and work uniforms.

If you or someone you know has a barrier to employment and is interested in applying, please call (315) 428-4180 to register for an information session or to receive an application.