August 19, 2019 – Independence, Ohio – Koinonia has announced that they will celebrate the 300+ Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who work for the company on Thursday, September 12th with CREW AT THE ZOO, a special event at Stillwater Place at the Cleveland Zoo. The celebration, which runs from 10:30 am until 5:30 pm, will feature delicious food, scavenger hunts, prizes, raffle baskets, and a special visit from Jeffrey Davis, the Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The event is part of a nationwide movement to recognize the incredible impact DSPs have on people who have IDD the week of September 8th – September 14th.

Employees are asked to RSVP for the event by Tuesday, August 27th at  https://koinoniahomes.org/dsp-rsvp/

Employees that arrive at the venue by 10:45 am, are eligible to participate in a special raffle for a $100 gift card. They will also have the opportunity to meet Director Davis and listen to his ideas on the value that DSPs provide to our community.

Stillwater Place, an event center located across from the Zoo’s Circle of Wildlife Carousel, features an outdoor patio with wood burning fireplace and a stunning view of Waterfowl Lake.  Koinonia DSP’s will enjoy the elegant 10,000-foot event center and a catered “American” lunch fare that includes BBQ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Salad, and Cookies while trying their luck at winning raffle baskets and other prizes.  Food will be served between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, and 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Admission to the Zoo and the Rainforest is included for all DSPs in attendance. The event is only open to Koinonia DSPs. Family members and individuals are unable to attend.

In addition to the celebration at Stillwater Place, Koinonia is also a sponsor of the Annual Ohio DSP Recognition Event scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 at Xenos in Columbus. 50 Koinonia DSPs will travel to the event which includes inspiring keynote speakers, annual graduation and recognition of DSPs that have earned credentials and participate in special activities designed to allow DSPs to network and celebrate with one another.

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