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Offering Hope

Offering Hope

January 9, 2018
Two long-time local nurses have embarked on a new career supporting individuals with developmental disabilities.Melody Pitts and Donna Goddard have more than 55 years of combined nursing experience. 
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'Best career imaginable' comes to an end

'Best career imaginable' comes to an end

January 9, 2018
Sometimes it takes just one person or one event to know you’ve found the right career path.For Liz Prather, that happened 35 years ago as she was beginning her tenure with Richland Newhope and her work in the developmental disabilities field.  There was one individual who she was responsible for training to do a job at Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. who made a lasting impression. 
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Overcoming challenges

Overcoming challenges

January 9, 2018
When you first meet Maxson Brown, you can’t help but be captivated by his smile. It belies the many challenges the 19-month-old has had to face during his short life and the many more still to come.
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What you should know about special needs trusts

What you should know about special needs trusts

January 9, 2018
Providing for the many needs of someone with a disability can be difficult, especially if that person receives government assistance like Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Another option is a special needs trust (SNT).  There are two potential types: First Party SNT where the assets are owned by the beneficiary with a disability and Third Party SNT, which has assets owned by someone other than the beneficiary. 
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Fond farewell

Fond farewell

January 9, 2018
The Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities said goodbye in December to two long-time members.Margaret Davis and Virginia Harmon finished their third consecutive four-year term – the maximum allowed for board members.  The Mansfield residents both have children who receive supports from Richland Newhope.
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Giving back to the community

Giving back to the community

October 10, 2017
The pavilion at Liberty Park in Mansfield is all spruced up thanks to Boy Scout Troop 123. 
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“A developmental and now a sentimental journey “

“A developmental and now a sentimental journey “

October 10, 2017
The beginning - In 1970, I had just graduated from college and was preparing to go into physical therapy school at The Ohio State University that fall.  I was looking for a job that might be related to my future career and was led to the Columbus State Institute (CSI).  They had an opening for an aide in the Therapy Department.  I had no clue that this was going to be an eye-opening summer and the field where I would later spend much of my career.
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'Foster' mom

'Foster' mom

October 10, 2017
A few years ago Tammy Staton was working a 9-to-5 job, wishing that she could spend more time with her three grandchildren but still be able to help her household financially.
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Hard work pays off

Hard work pays off

October 10, 2017
There are many benefits to having a job.
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Provider expands services in Richland County

Provider expands services in Richland County

July 6, 2017
One of the newest providers of services in Richland County is Statewide Transportation LLC.  Founded in 2015 in Ashland County, the company now serves about 29 people in Ashland, Wayne, Holmes, and, as of May 1, Richland County.“We started initially doing non-medical transportation and HPC (Homemaker Personal Care) transportation,” says Co-Owner Heather Gentle.  “There’s such a need with a lot of things, and I guess with my background we decided to…add services.”
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Spa days

Spa days

July 6, 2017
Leo Bishop may not be able to communicate with words, but his parents have no difficulty understanding their son, who turns 3 in August.“He can tell us things just by the way he cries, the way he squeals, the way he laughs, the way he smiles,” says his mother, Jeanine Bishop.That’s how they know Leo enjoys a new type of wellness program he started this past February.  Once a week, the family visits Raintree to use that facility’s small spa tub.  Ben Bishop climbs into the pool, and Jeanine hands Leo to his father.
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John's story

John's story

July 6, 2017
John Penney has a special gift for remembering dates.“I can tell you all the presidents of the United States, when they were born, when they died,” says John.  “I know all of the vice-presidents, too!”As you might expect, he’s pretty good at Trivial Pursuit – especially history-related questions.  While history isn’t always challenging for John, other things can be. 
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