[dbmat] Re: The Center - Adult Day Activity Ideas in Houston area

  • From: "Davis,CC (DARS)" <CC.Davis@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:59:57 +0000

I think Ed is suggesting the visit to the Austin program for model (“how to”) 
ideas to glean from and export to models in Houston and other areas.

The process y’all are going through is useful to development of efforts in 
other areas, … providing at least one template on how to go about doing this.  
I can see that y’all could write up this process at some point, having it on 
the web site and offering training at DBMAT conference and other venues.  I’m 
thinking that Ed would think along these lines as well.  Note, … that I am 
already assuming that y’all are going to be successful!

I am impressed with the vitality and capacities of the core leadership at 
DBMAT! ☺  DBMAT has made good progress with the growth needed to enter 
society’s ever-changing ways of doing things.  Your leadership has talent, 
creativity and maturity.  The leadership is “attractive,” to my thinking - it 
is a good time to bring on the future leaders for tutelage.  Invite the 
neophytes into your processes so they can observe, learn and get empowered.  
That way, … when the current core is in need of slower pacing, … there will be 
others joining in, and trained to take the reins.  Writing the process up for 
finding day care is a good present day effort that can be used to engender 
efforts in other areas and develop expansion of your leadership base.

For now, … keep doing what y’all are doing – it’s great!  The parent leadership 
and partnering is so impressive!  DBMAT started the process that led to the 
DB-MD Waiver program, and you keep working to keep the availability of that 
program.  You are concerned with quality of services and are not “letting go” 
of your Intervener mission, which is to arrive at a time and place where 
Interveners are truly on the map as a professional service with trained, 
qualified people available to those deafblind folks needing that service.  
Certainly, … so much is a work-in-progress, … but, … OMG (!), DBMAT has done so 
much and keeps on doing.



From: dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dbmat-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
Of Simpson,Rachel (DARS)
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:27 AM
To: Ed Hammer; dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; Martha Moyer; TheAustin HarmonyProject
Cc: Rubina Khan; Rubina Khan; Robbie Caldwell; Gina Galeo; Oretha Thomas; 
Caroline Daley; Paul Daley; Cotina McNeal
Subject: [dbmat] Re: The Center - Adult Day Activity Ideas in Houston area

Thank you Ed!  I would be happy to visit the Harmony Project in Austin and 
report back.  Is anyone interested in knowing more about an Austin-based 
program?
Rachel

From: Ed Hammer [mailto:ed1hammer@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:13 PM
To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; Martha Moyer; TheAustin 
HarmonyProject
Cc: Rubina Khan; Rubina Khan; Robbie Caldwell; Gina Galeo; Oretha Thomas; 
Caroline Daley; Paul Daley; Simpson,Rachel (DARS); Cotina McNeal
Subject: Re: [dbmat] Re: The Center - Adult Day Activity Ideas in Houston area

I just want to chime in and say that if you are considering a day program, I 
would strongly urge you to visit The Harmony Project in Austin. It is the most 
outstanding day program I have ever visited. The director, Tressie Steeger, is 
such a complete program developer. She would be a great resource for your group 
in learning how to survive opening up a day activity program. Also, If you are 
looking for model programs for day services, I suggest you visit with Martha 
Moyer, Executive Director of the Seth Moyer Support Microboard in the King 
William neighborhood of South San Antonio. Martha has pieced together a great 
program for her son, Seth, who is 41. He has Section 8 HUD Housing support for 
his apartment. He has a 24/7 live in companion and a 5 hour a day day-worker 
who takes him into the community, goes shopping, exercises at his gym, and 
participates in church and other civic activities. I have copied Tressie and 
Martha on this email Ed Hammer.

On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 7:50 PM, Hartman Family 
<hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
Great question!

I do not have the full answers as I am just beginning the exploration.  
However, I heard that Reach was like $30 a day and another was about $50 a day. 
 So, I was thinking the "SSI" that adults get to cover their living expenses 
could help cover these costs ;-)

I do not even think we would need to go but maybe 3 days a week, then spend 
Fridays as outing day in the Community...& Sleep in on Mondays!

Sounds like a SWEET life to me :-)

I'll share what I learn!

I appreciate any questions and ideas along the way.

Best,
Vivecca

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 1, 2014, at 7:36 PM, Rubina Khan 
<rfkhanusa@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:rfkhanusa@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
Thanks, Viv. I finally had a moment to look these places up and they seem nice, 
although not geared to deafblind individuals specifically. I was wondering if 
these services are covered by insurance/ Medicaid or if they are private-pay. 
Reach Unlimited looked like it might be private. And if so, what is the cost 
for day activity services? I wish I could tour with you, but right now is a  
difficult time for me.
Please do keep us posted.
Thanks.
Rubina

On Sep 30, 2014, at 9:55 AM, Hartman Family 
<hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
The visit to The Center is on Oct. 6th and anyone who is interested in touring 
with us is welcome.

I spoke with Reach Unlimited today and they would be happy to host a Special 
Group Tour for us and even bring a "Tour in a Box" to Camp next year!  If you 
are interested let me know :-)

I also spoke with the Lighthouse of Houston today.  They are having their 
Halloween carnival on the Saturday after the Golf Tournament.  So, we could all 
go there if you guys are interested.  They would be happy to have us :-)

Sheilagh, of the Lighthouse also recommended we consider a Family Co-Op for an 
Adult program, like the Jewish Family Services does.  She will get some info on 
this for us.

Anything else to consider???

Best,
Viv

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: Vivecca Hartman <vhartman@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:vhartman@xxxxxxxxxxx>>
Date: September 29, 2014 at 9:09:19 AM CDT
To: Chris Hartman CWC 
<chris.hartman@xxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:chris.hartman@xxxxxxxxxxx>>, "Chris&Vivecca 
Hartman (hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>)" 
<hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: FW: The Center
We visit on the 6th from 12-1.

From: Wesley, Derrick [mailto:Derrick.Wesley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, September 29, 2014 9:09 AM
To: Vivecca Hartman
Subject: RE: The Center

The Center<http://thecenterhouston.org/>


3550 West Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77019

From: Vivecca Hartman [mailto:vhartman@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 10:33 AM
To: Wesley, Derrick
Subject: RE: The Center

Great – Would you send me the address?

Thank you,
Vivecca

From: Wesley, Derrick [mailto:Derrick.Wesley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 10:27 AM
To: Vivecca Hartman
Subject: RE: The Center

The 6th will be fine with me. I will see you all then.

From: Vivecca Hartman [mailto:vhartman@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 9:30 AM
To: 'Hartman Family'; Chris Hartman CWC; Wesley, Derrick
Subject: RE: The Center

The 6th would better for me than the 2nd.  I could make either work if 
necessary though.

Thank you,
Vivecca

From: Hartman Family [mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:15 PM
To: Chris Hartman CWC; Vivecca Hartman
Subject: Fwd: The Center



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Begin forwarded message:
From: "Wesley, Derrick" 
<Derrick.Wesley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:Derrick.Wesley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Date: September 24, 2014 at 2:30:54 PM CDT
To: 'Hartman Family' 
<hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:hartmanfam28@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>>
Subject: The Center
The two dates/times that I can visit are October 2nd and 6th around 12-1. Let 
me know what you think.

Derrick D. Wesley
Transition Specialist
Spring Branch ISD
713-251-3507<tel:713-251-3507>



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