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2103, 2017

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law will host a seminar on May 11th to help families learn more about ABLE Accounts.

March 21st, 2017|Categories: News, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law have partnered together to offer a special ABLE Account Seminar on May 11th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parma Snow Library at 2121 Snow Road in Parma, Ohio, meeting room A. The seminar is designed to help people who have disabilities and their families understand how to take advantage of ABLE Accounts for disability-related expenses. “ABLE Accounts have features like normal bank accounts, but are also investment accounts,” said Diane Beastrom, President & CEO of Koinonia, “they give people with disabilities more independence and financial security.” Noted estate planning attorneys Sam Butcher and Erin C. Eurenius will present information at the STABLE Seminar on May 11th at 7:00 PM at the Parma Snow Library. Until recently, accumulating as little as $2,000 in savings spelled disaster for people who rely on federal assistance with medical bills and living costs – because even that moderate amount was enough to [...]

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2103, 2017

Action Alert: The Latest on Medicaid and the American Health Care Act

March 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

  Please Take Action NOW Last week we informed you that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the reconciliation bill that was being proposed by House Republican leadership to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make changes to the Medicaid program, went to its next step in passage by getting through the House Budget Committee. Republican leadership would like the bill to advance for a vote on the House floor this week [...]

2103, 2017

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law will host a seminar on May 11th to help families learn more about ABLE Accounts.

March 21st, 2017|Categories: News, Spotlight|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law have partnered together to offer a special ABLE Account Seminar on May 11th, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parma Snow Library at 2121 Snow Road in Parma, Ohio, meeting room A. The seminar is designed to help people who have disabilities and their families understand how to take advantage of ABLE Accounts for disability-related expenses. “ABLE Accounts have features like normal bank accounts, [...]

1303, 2017

Koinonia Elects Todd Hays Chairman of the Board

March 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE, March 14, 2017: Koinonia, a provider of individualized services for adults with developmental disabilities, appointed Todd Hays as its new chairman of the board. “Todd is a dedicated and compassionate leader with a deep commitment to the mission and core values of Koinonia,” said Diane Beastrom, president and chief executive officer, Koinonia. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and business acumen, and we look forward to his contributions and [...]

1303, 2017

Koinonia Homes featured on WKYC Channel 3 “We the People”

March 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Enterprises' Workforce Development Manager Jason Dresden, and Workforce Developer Steve Fluharty appeared on the WKYC Channel 3 show "We the People" to talk about how we help employers uncover an untapped workforce by employing people who have Developmental Disabilities. The experts at KE are with the employer every step of the way including one-on-one job coaching at their place of business. Our clients have a high retention rate and [...]

1303, 2017

Koinonia featured on WCPN 90.3 “The Sound of Ideas” show

March 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

On Monday, March 13th, Koinonia was featured on WCPN 90.3 "The Sound of Ideas" show hosted by Mike McIntyre. The focus of the segment was to raise awareness about the many benefits of hiring people who have developmental disabilities including a high retention rate, greater employee engagement, and greater customer engagement with both the employee and the business. Representing Koinonia was Steve Fluharty, Workforce Developer for Koinonia, and Tim Hanserd, [...]

103, 2017

Koinonia to appear on WKYC Channel 3 “We the People” on Friday, March 10th

March 1st, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

On Friday, March 10th, we will be highlighting Koinonia Enterprises and their mission to find community employment for people who have developmental disabilities on “We the People.” The show airs at 12:00 noon on local channel WKYC 3, and our appearance will last approximately 5 minutes. We the people is a new show on Channel 3 that introduces viewers to the innovators who are making things happen in Northeast Ohio. [...]

2402, 2017

Koinonia Spreads Awareness with Media Campaign during Developmental Disabilities Month

February 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month! #DDawareness17 Koinonia Homes is working with 90.3 WCPN ideastream® to launch an awareness campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities (DD) in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people [...]

2202, 2017

Koinonia Announces Exciting Downtown Venue and Band for Spring Fling Dance

February 22nd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes announced today that their annual Spring Fling Dance will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Downtown Cleveland. The event will take place on Sunday, May 7th from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. In addition to the exciting new venue, members of the local band The Angels in Disguise will be performing an electrifying mix of classic Rock & Roll, Blues, and Motown for the [...]

1502, 2017

Koinonia Attending Two Upcoming Career Fairs in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties

February 15th, 2017|Categories: Careers at Koinonia, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Human Resource representatives from Koinonia Homes, a top employer in Northeast Ohio who has been awarded the NorthCoast 99 Award for the past two years, will be participating in two upcoming Career Fairs in our area. Applicants looking to start their health-care career or grow their existing career serving people who have Developmental Disabilities are invited to attend. The hiring events take place in Middleburg Heights and Lorain County. On [...]

2701, 2017

Brian Hoyer becomes Director of Quality Improvement & Strategic Solutions

January 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Brian Hoyer fires up the grille at Koinonia's annual fall hayride and picnic Quality, organizational compliance, risk management and program performance are important areas of focus for organizations that remain competitive and strong. Koinonia has worked for years to address these needs and we will continue these efforts by creating a new position that will lead these initiatives. The Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Solutions will [...]

2501, 2017

Koinonia Teams Up with Woodridge Schools and Summit DD to Launch Transition Services for Youth Pilot Program

January 25th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, has partnered with Woodridge and Copley-Fairlawn schools to launch a Transition Services for Youth pilot program. The initiative is being funded by local tax dollars that were set aside by Summit DD in 2017 to specifically create and foster innovative programs.  The Transition Services for Youth pilot program will help young adults with developmental disabilities prepare for the professional world [...]

2401, 2017

Koinonia Homes partners with Fogg for Renovation of their Brooklyn Heights Facility

January 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

There’s no shortage of challenges for Koinonia President & CEO Diane Beastrom and her staff, whose mission is to partner with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling, and enriched lives. But one challenge they won’t have to face this year is completing a major renovation at their Koinonia Enterprises Brooklyn Heights facility – thanks to a partnership with Ray Fogg Corporate Properties, LLC [...]

1901, 2017

Volunteers Needed to plan “Spring Fling” Dance

January 19th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Do you love to kick up your heels and dance? Does planning a party for adults who have developmental disabilities sound like a great way to give back? Then please consider joining the Koinonia Spring Fling Volunteer planning committee! The Koinonia "Spring Fling" dance is a annual event held in April or May each year, this year we are looking at May dates. It is a signature party, enjoyed [...]

1801, 2017

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland announces Free Legal Advice Clinic Schedule

January 18th, 2017|Categories: Helpful Information, News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Do you or someone you know need legal advice? The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cleveland has announced several free legal advice clinics throughout Northeast Ohio. At these clinics, attorneys are available for free brief advice on legal matters relating to shelter, safety, consumer issues, and legal issues related to health, education, work, income and immigration. In addition to providing help via neighborhood clinics, people in need can contact [...]

601, 2017

What is a Special Needs Trust, and Who Needs One?

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Guest Blog, Helpful Information, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Guest Blog by Sam Butcher, Butcher Elder Law From service coordination with your SSA to carefully researching providers, you’ve worked tirelessly to be the best advocate and guardian for your family member with a developmental or intellectual disability. But have you considered the value that a Special Needs Trust can offer? A Special Needs Trust (SNT) is a trust established for the benefit of an individual who receives government [...]

2312, 2016

Giving Back Leads to Finding His Heart. Barry and Bill’s Shared Living Story

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

If you met Barry and Billy on the street, you’d think they were best friends. They are visibly comfortable with each other. They often finish each other’s sentences. They share a home, and call each other “brother.” What you probably wouldn’t know about Barry and Bill, is that they are a living model of a new movement in Ohio and around the country to bring people who have developmental disabilities [...]

2212, 2016

A Holiday Message from our President & CEO

December 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Diane Beastrom, President & CEO of Koinonia Homes As we walk through the holiday season this year, it does the heart good to turn thoughts toward home. We spend time with our families. We hold close to tradition while looking to build on that tradition. We stand together and take stock, looking back on our year’s successes and disappointments. We eagerly await the freshness of new possibilities [...]

212, 2016


December 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Koinonia Homes, a not-for-profit organization that provides residential, vocational and career services to adults with developmental disabilities, received the Partners in Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB). The annual award originally commissioned in 2006, recognizes service excellence and leadership that benefits the entire Developmental Disability (DD) community. It is the first time that a service provider has received this [...]

2311, 2016

Passage of a Pioneer: Dr. Michael A. Donzella

November 23rd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Dr. Michael A. Donzella, a committed and passionate champion for people with disabilities, has passed away. A memorial service is being planned for Monday, November 28, 2016. He was 82 years old. More details regarding Dr. Donzella's memorial service will be available shortly. According to Koinonia President and CEO Diane Beastrom, "Dr. Donzella played a significant role in the growth of community-based services as well as the expansion of services to [...]

2211, 2016

Support Koinonia Homes on #GivingTuesday, and close the Funding Gap for Hundreds of People We Serve

November 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

We have Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29th, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Your support to Koinonia on #GivingTuesday means we can continue to provide unparalleled residential services, offer integrated community-based day services and [...]

1811, 2016

A Teacher. An Advocate. A Friend. A Problem Solver. How a Job Coach changed William’s life

November 18th, 2016|Categories: News, Success Stories|0 Comments

Meet William. William was referred to Koinonia Enterprises (KE) by a case worker at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities because they knew KE had the right combination of experience, tenacity, and community relationships to help William land his first real job. People described William as hardworking, professional, and a friendly young man – yet he had challenges approaching potential employers, completing an application, and going through the interview process. [...]

1611, 2016

How a Nurse improved Marcia’s Quality of Life

November 16th, 2016|Categories: News, Success Stories|0 Comments

I'd like to introduce you to Marcia. People describe her as kind, easy going, and friendly. Someone who has a beautiful smile. Even though she is non-verbal, she has a way of letting people know when she’s happy or sad. Suddenly, Marcia started to act differently. She was having problems eating, and was easily agitated. Concerned for her well-being, a member of our nursing team came to evaluate the [...]

1411, 2016

Community Instructor Craig Hasel Retires after almost a decade of service

November 14th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Please join us in congratulating Craig Hasel on his retirement this week. Craig retired from Koinonia on November 10th, nearly after a decade of faithful service to people who have developmental disabilities. While we are happy that Craig can pursue more leisurely activities, he will be dearly missed at Koinonia. Craig started his career working with our Waiver program, moving through different positions until he landed at Koinonia Enterprises as [...]

711, 2016

DSP II Team Lead Mina Nardi wins 2016 Maureen Corcoran Award

November 7th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

DSP II Team Lead Mina Nardi was recognized by the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) winning the 2016 Maureen Corcoran Award for for demonstrating the competencies of the Community Support Skill Standards, upholding the NADSP Code of Ethics through her daily interactions with people who have disabilities, and exhibiting exemplary professionalism in all aspects of her job. The award was received at a luncheon in Columbus on November 4th. [...]

711, 2016

Supervisor Adrien Rivers honored at 2016 OPRA Awards Luncheon

November 7th, 2016|Categories: News|0 Comments

Adrien Rivers was recognized by the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) at their 2016 Awards luncheon on Friday, November 11th, as a Front Line Supervisor who "makes it all come together." The Front Line Supervisor Award is given annually to recognize individuals who set clear expectations for their team members - who in turn, want to give more because of their supervisors' leadership. The luncheon took place at the [...]

2609, 2016

KE Community Parternerships are at an all-time high!

September 26th, 2016|Categories: News, Service Offerings|0 Comments

Here at Koinonia Enterprises the options are endless.  Community participation is at an all-time high as summer is coming to an end.  Community Integration and person-centered planning are provided daily in the communities that the clients reside. For those that are not part of our volunteering, daily community outings of their choice are offered by trained staff members.  All outings are geared toward client’s outcomes and preferred experiences. Volunteer [...]

1607, 2016

STABLE Accounts Now Available

July 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Ohio leads the country by being the first to offer STABLE Accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts have similar features to bank accounts, but are also investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. These specialized accounts allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save and invest money without losing eligibility for public programs, like Medicaid, SSI or SSDI. The benefits of opening a [...]

2806, 2016


June 28th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of individualized residential services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was awarded a $150,000 grant from Medical Mutual of Ohio to fund essential nursing services in community-based homes. The grant will be distributed in $50,000 increments over a three-year period. Recent studies indicate that people with developmental disabilities are particularly susceptible to disparities in health care, including access to care providers, specialized treatment, [...]

1612, 2015

Brent’s Story

December 16th, 2015|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

I want to share an amazing story with you today. When Brent came to Koinonia in 2012, his goal was to get a job in our community that provided greater independence and personal satisfaction, while boosting his self-worth – but Brent needed specialized training and person-centered supports to achieve his dream. Most people that knew Brent didn’t think it was possible, but the team at Koinonia Enterprises was ready to [...]

1612, 2015

Damon’s Story: Help, Hope and Accomplishment

December 16th, 2015|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: |0 Comments

Damon Thompson became employed at Fredon Corporation in 2014.  Fredon is a manufacturing company that produces parts for a wide variety of industries, ranging from aviation to the military. Damon’s responsibilities are in the shipping and receiving department.  He is responsible for making sure parts are cleaned properly, packaged, and ready for shipment.  Damon works with a variety of parts that are shipped daily.  At Fredon, he has learned how [...]

1608, 2015

Tri-C Practical Nursing Students complete Clinical Experience with Koinonia Nurse Manager

August 16th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

3 Tri-C student in the Practical Nursing (PN) program completed an 8 week Clinical Experience with Benitha Garrett, Koinonia’s Nurse Manager. Each week, one student would complete the clinical experience, and the next week another student would rotate in. The goal of the 8 week experience was to build core leadership skills, while introducing the PN students to the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). “No matter [...]

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