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1611, 2018

Koinonia Kicks-off Virginia Great Outdoors Getaway Raffle

November 16th, 2018|Categories: Spotlight|0 Comments

Raffle Benefits Quality of Life for People with Developmental Disabilities Independence, Ohio – November 12, 2018 – Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities, is raffling off a vacation stay in the pristine wilderness of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The raffle winner will be awarded an 8-day/7-night cabin getaway at the Shenandoah Crossing resort located on peaceful Lake Izac. All proceeds will support adults with developmental disabilities to help them achieve healthy, fulfilling and enriched lives within the community. The Virginia Great Outdoors Getaway Raffle prize package includes a week-long tranquil retreat at one of region’s most desirable resorts and a $500 Visa gift card. The prize winner and guests will stay in a deluxe cabin with three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms – perfect for a family or small group. People that purchase a ticket before January 1, 2019 will also be eligible for [...]

3010, 2018

Koinonia Receives $100,000 NOACA Grant for Transportation Initiative

October 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Spotlight|0 Comments

Bucks-for-a-Bus Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Local Agency and Community Support CLEVELAND – October 29, 2018 – Thanks to overwhelming support from Northeast Ohio community donors and local agency grants, Koinonia Homes’ Bucks-for-a-Bus fundraising campaign was a rousing success. The campaign exceeded its goal of raising enough funds to purchase a new vehicle to transport adults with developmental disabilities to work and inclusive community events. With the extra funds, Koinonia will be able to purchase a second passenger bus. The catalyst for this achievement was a $100,000 grant from Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) to fund replacement and expansion of Koinonia’s bus fleet. The Community Fund Management Foundation of Strongsville, Ohio also awarded a $20,000 grant to Koinonia to offset replacement costs. An additional $22,000 in community donations rounded out the campaign’s giving network. For adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), it’s not just a bus; it’s a door to opportunity and symbol of [...]

2806, 2016

Koinonia Receives Critical Home-Based Nursing Grant from Medical from Medical Mutual of Ohio

June 28th, 2016|Categories: Spotlight 2|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 healthcare, including access to care providers, specialized treatment, long-term care and disease prevention. Because Koinonia homes are residential and not institutional, they require specialized nursing coordination that includes managing healthcare providers, doctors’ appointments, treatments, transportation and passing medications – all within unique home settings. More than 450 individuals rely on Koinonia for health-care services and care coordination among 60 residential locations in Northeast Ohio. This grant will directly support the care coordination not covered by government assistance for 130 people. “Medical Mutual of Ohio quickly recognized that enhancing nursing services for individuals in community-based homes [...]

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3010, 2018

Koinonia Receives $100,000 NOACA Grant for Transportation Initiative

October 30th, 2018|Categories: News, Spotlight|0 Comments

Bucks-for-a-Bus Campaign Exceeds Fundraising Goal with Local Agency and Community Support CLEVELAND – October 29, 2018 – Thanks to overwhelming support from Northeast Ohio community donors and local agency grants, Koinonia Homes’ Bucks-for-a-Bus fundraising campaign was a rousing success. The campaign exceeded its goal of raising enough funds to purchase a new vehicle to transport adults with developmental disabilities to work and inclusive community events. With the extra funds, Koinonia [...]

1010, 2018

Ohio Catholic Federal Credit Union Gives Back to the Community at the Koinonia Fall Picnic and Hayride

October 10th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

The skies may have been a little cloudy on Saturday, October 6, at The Chalet in Strongsville, but there was a lot of sunshine in the hearts of over 250 people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), as they enjoyed Koinonia’s annual fall picnic and hayride, as well as in the spirits of the volunteers who not only sponsored the event but also worked to grill hundreds of hamburgers [...]

2009, 2018

Saving Maggy

September 20th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Maggy is a young woman who has struggled to find her place in the world. Not only does Maggy have IDD, but like many people we serve, she is dually diagnosed with mental health conditions. Many other providers tried to serve Maggy, but typically would give up after a short period of time. One day we received a call from the County Board of DD, would Koinonia be willing to [...]

2408, 2018

Diane Beastrom Honored as Crain’s 2018 Notable Women in Health Care

August 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, Aug. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Beastrom, president and CEO of Koinonia Homes, is named as one of the Notable Women in Healthcare 2018 by Crain's Cleveland Business. The elite class of awardees includes prominent female leaders and executives in Northeast Ohio's health care industry. Beastrom is recognized for her deft guidance of Koinonia Homes from a small, intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) agency operating a handful of group [...]

2108, 2018

Koinonia Enterprises to Host Summer Motown Concert on Thursday, August 30th

August 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

On Thursday, August 30th from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm, The crew at Koinonia Enterprises, in partnership with MTEC Music Therapy Enrichment Center, will be hosting a special Summer Concert at the Kiwanis Pavilion at 6363 Selig Drive in Independence Ohio. The concert will feature a variety of Motown music including renditions of Don't Mess With Bill, Easy, My Girl and Ooh Baby Baby. The concert will also feature a guitar solo of the song Just My [...]

2108, 2018

Koinonia Wins NorthCoast 99 Four Years in a Row!

August 21st, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia Homes is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio's 99 best places to work! This is the fourth time that Koinonia has received the NorthCoast 99 award. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program is presented by ERC (www.yourerc.com). According to Diane Beastrom, President and CEO of Koinonia, "I'd like to recognize [...]

1708, 2018

RealAbilities Film Festival Comes to Cleveland

August 17th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. The festival is renowned for its wide-ranging international film selection, riveting conversations, and performances, presented annually in dozens of venues across the country and around the world. The films are offered free of admission charges, and all festival venues are wheelchair accessible. Additionally, the [...]

1508, 2018

Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults Needed for Autism Research Study

August 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Are you a parent or guardian of a teen or young adult (age 16-30) with Autism? Consider participating in a research study at Case Western Reserve University about experiences of families caring for teens or young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Information from the study will help create programs and services to support families like yours in the community. Participation involves a private in-person interview that lasts about 90 minutes. [...]

808, 2018

Koinonia Receives Trauma-Informed Care Training Grant

August 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Funding Kickstarts Trauma-Informed Agency Designation Independence, Ohio – August 7, 2018 – Koinonia, a leading provider of day, residential and career services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD), received a $20,000 Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) grant to provide staff with trauma-informed care training. Trauma-informed care training teaches Koinonia managers, supervisors and nurses about the widespread impact of trauma and teaches them ways to respond [...]

708, 2018

Hands-on learning: Students gain job skills through Summit DD and Koinonia

August 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By April Helms Reporter, MyTownNEO, August 7, 2018: Summer jobs are often seen as a rite of passage for teens, a means of earning both money and critical job experience. Summit DD Community Supports and Development expanded its youth summer work program in May to allow more teens with developmental disabilities gain employment. John DeMarco, 18, of Cuyahoga Falls, wraps sliverware in napkins for Continuing Healthcare. At left, job [...]

208, 2018

John White from CVS Health Visits Koinonia Enterprises

August 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On Thursday, August 2nd, John White, Regional Learning Center Manager Workforce Initiatives for CVS Health, visited both Vocational Habilitation programs at Koinonia Enterprise's (KE) In Brooklyn Heights and Mayfield Village for KE's Career Day.  John spent valuable time with each location, going over job offerings at CVS, explaining what the responsibilities for each position are, and answering questions from our job seekers. CVS Health was recently recognized as a "Best Place [...]

108, 2018

2018 Founders Award Winner – Management Category, is Michelle Moore!

August 1st, 2018|Categories: All Staff Spotlight 2, News|0 Comments

Michelle's nomination submitted by Patti Matzinger, Director of Waiver Services: “Koinonia is not just the National Spelling Bee Champions’ winning word, but a name that proudly identifies the agency we work for. A word of Greek origin meaning fellowship. But at the very heart of the word is community, partnership and generous sharing. While few can say or spell it, the reason Michele Moore has been nominated for the Founders [...]

108, 2018

2018 Founders Award Winner – DSP Category, is Kate Dumond!

August 1st, 2018|Categories: All Staff Spotlight, News|0 Comments

Jackie Burgio, Supervisor - KE wrote the following about Kate: “Kate is the best advocate I know.  When she noticed the health of an individual declining, she brought her concerns to me and a special team meeting was scheduled.  As Kate works very closely with this individual, she attended as well.  This man, who does not live in a Koinonia home, was suffering from skin break down, digestive issues, hand [...]

1707, 2018

Koinonia to host Transportation Needs Meeting on Tuesday, July 24th

July 17th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Koinonia Homes, Inc. which is a private nonprofit corporation intends to submit a Proposal for a capital grant under the provision of 49 USC Section 5310 of the Federal Transit Act to provide transportation service for the disabled and elderly of that population within Cuyahoga County and surrounding areas. The grant Proposal will request two replacement vehicles for our current transportation fleet. One to be a 2018 Elkhart Coach [...]

207, 2018

Duke Men’s Basketball Star Brennan Besser holds Basketball Clinic with Koinonia

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Brennan Besser, a Junior on the Duke Blue Devils College men's basketball team,  is biking, walking, and running from Seattle to New York this summer to raise awareness and support for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Brennan has been inspired by his sister Jacqueline, a nonverbal person who has Autism, to make this trek across the country.  His 69-day journey is called Walk On! America and includes 3,400 miles across 16 states [...]

207, 2018

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper to speak at Koinonia All-Staff Meeting

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Koinonia is pleased to welcome Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper as the keynote speaker for Koinonia's annual All-Staff meeting on Tuesday, July 31st. Dr. Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Dr. Burts-Cooper is on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education [...]

2206, 2018

Open Interviews Next Week! Come and start your healthcare career at Koinonia!

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia Homes, Inc. - one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio is hiring! We are hiring for several positions including Direct Support Professionals, Supervisors, Behavioral Support Supervisor, Weekend Warriors, Executive Assistant and other Admin positions! Now is your chance to join a growing non-profit that offers great benefits and a supportive work environment CLICK HERE to see our open positions! WEDNESDAY, June 27th Brook Park Library [...]

2206, 2018

DSP Appreciation CARNIVAL set for Wednesday, September 12th

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Event will be from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM at the Kiwanis Pavilion in Independence DSPs and Frontline Staff are asked to RSVP by clicking this link:  https://koinoniahomes.org/dsp-party/ Koinonia Homes, Inc. today announced plans for a Carnival themed DSP Appreciation Party on September 12th at the Kiwanis Pavilion at 6363 Selig Drive in Independence Ohio. New this year, the hours of the party have been extended from 11:00 AM until [...]

2006, 2018

Koinonia and EDEN to co-host Common Ground Conversation on Sunday, June 24th

June 20th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

On Sunday, June 24, the Cleveland Foundation will coordinate Common Ground community conversations around town under the topic: Why does place matter? People who have I/DD need places that support their abilities and give them the space they need to pursue a life of their choosing. What challenges do they face in finding housing and places to work in our community? Koinonia Homes and Emerald Development & Economic Network (EDEN) will be [...]

606, 2018

CrossCountry Mortgage offers $500 Lender Credit to Koinonia Employees

June 6th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Are you Looking to Purchase a New Home this Year? CrossCountry Mortgage is offering a special $500 lender credit to Koinonia Associates, in appreciation for the valuable work they do helping people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities live, work, and thrive in our community! At CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., they offer more than a mortgage. Founded in 2003, President and CEO Ronald J. Leonhardt, Jr., had the vision [...]

106, 2018

Texas Student, 14, Wins 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee with Word ‘Koinonia’

June 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

14-year-old Karthik Nemmani, of McKinney, Texas, won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night after correctly spelling the word, Koinonia. The bee was Nemmani’s first time participating in the national finals. Nemmani was one of 515 spellers to participate in this year’s bee, winning over Naysa Modi, 12, in the eighteenth round when she misspelled bewusstseinslage. Among his prizes — which include $40,000 in cash and a trophy [...]

3005, 2018

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Upcoming Free Events & Legal Advice

May 30th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Do you need help from an Attorney? The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland has many FREE legal advice clinics coming up. At these clinics, attorneys are available for a free brief advice on legal matters relating to shelter, safety, consumer issues, and legal issues related to health, education, work, income, and immigration. The full calendar is also available at https://lasclev.org/events/category/brief-advice-clinics/ a printed version of this schedule is available HERE. THIS WEEK - [...]

405, 2018

Woodridge High School Youth in Transition Spotlights Student Successes and Changing Expectations

May 4th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

May 2, 2018, Peninsula Ohio:  Representatives from The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD), the Woodridge School System, Koinonia Homes, along with students, faculty, and families gathered at Woodridge High School to celebrate the success of The Transition Services for Youth program, an initiative designed to prepare young adults with developmental disabilities (DD) for the professional world upon graduation. According to Walter C. Davis, Superintendent of Woodridge Local Schools, “We’re [...]

105, 2018

“Dancing with the Stars” Spring Fling Dance Scheduled for Sunday, May 6th

May 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes, Inc., in partnership with CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., will host an all-abilities spring dance party for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their family and supporters, on Sunday May 6th. The dance party will be held at The Holiday Inn on Rockside Road, and feature the band The Angels in Disguise, a dance contest complete with Mirror Ball trophies, and a photo booth. Members of the community [...]

3103, 2018

Koinonia-Amazon Success Story Showcased on WKYC TV We The People

March 31st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Find out how Amazon and Koinonia are partnering together to find community-based employment for people who have developmental disabilities.  Amanda Lovelace-Tobicash, site leader at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Twinsburg Ohio, and Amazon Fulfillment Associate Giselle Meriwether tell their story.  

2803, 2018

Koinonia Appears on 90.3 WCPN Sound of Ideas Radio Show

March 28th, 2018|Categories: News, WCPN|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Director of Waiver Services Patti Matzinger and parent and DD Advocate Peggy DeMooy appeared on 90.c WCPN The Sound of Ideas Radio show, to share Peggy's story of how she turned her family home into a group home for her son Brian. According to Patti, "Our individuals, they so much want to be a  part of community, that's part of our challenge is to get them out in the community... [...]

2703, 2018

Mina Nardi Named Ohio’s Direct Support Professional of the Year

March 27th, 2018|Categories: Award, News, Success Stories|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Koinonia Homes employee Mina Nardi received the 2018 Direct Support Professional Recognition Award from the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) for the State of Ohio. The award recognizes the best of the Direct Support Professional (DSP) workforce and their work to assist people who need support to lead self-directed lives and to participate fully in our communities and nation. Mina stood out in a crowded field [...]

2303, 2018

“Intelligent Lives” documentary premiers at The Cleveland International Film Festival

March 23rd, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

Award winning documentary filmmaker Dan Habib premiers his latest film Intelligent Lives at The Cleveland International Film Festival on Tuesday April 10th at 7:00 PM. There is also a second FREE showing on Wednesday April 11th at noon. Both shows can be seen at Tower City Cinemas. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2018/intelligent-lives How much weight does an IQ score actually hold? Considering all the different types [...]

2103, 2018

Upcoming Volunteer Meetings for Spring Dance

March 21st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Koinonia’s Annual Spring Fling Dance is just around the corner! This being said... we have A LOT of planning to do. Koinonia Homes is a nonprofit organization that serves approximately 600 adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Northeast Ohio. We are seeking volunteers to help us plan an all-abilities dance party that we host for the people we serve each year. We have a great venue – the [...]

903, 2018

Acts of Kindness Project

March 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

In February, Koinonia started their first ever Act of Kindness Project. Michelle Moore, a Koinonia Project Manager, was the head on the project. Michelle came up with the idea at a supervisor meeting. She thought of doing something different this year. She discussed with the group a few options along the lines of giving back to the community, and the Act of Kindness Project was the consensus. Valentine’s Day came at [...]

2802, 2018

Akron Autism 5K Run & Walk

February 28th, 2018|Categories: News|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce that Koinonia will be a community level sponsor for the Akron Autism Society 5K Run & Walk. The event will be held June 16th at Firestone Stadium, located at 1575 Firestone Pkwy in Akron. This is the eighth annual race in support of the Autism Society of Greater Akron. The race is expected to have over 2,000 runner/walkers, which is enough to support programs and [...]

2102, 2018

Koinonia Open House to Showcase Implementation Strategies

February 21st, 2018|Categories: annual report feature blog, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Join us for Transformation-at-a-Glance at Koinonia Enterprises to learn more about how we are implementing innovative day programming strategies to pave the way to community employment. The event will be held April 3rd 10:00am – 12:00pm at 1200 Resource Drive, Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131. Come experience a mock job fair, participate in practice interview sessions, or see some vocational path to employment assessments. You’ll also have an opportunity to visit [...]

702, 2018

Koinonia Seeks Volunteers to Plan Activities for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

February 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes, a nonprofit organization that serves approximately 600 adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) in Northeast Ohio is seeking community volunteers to plan three events this year. Potential volunteers can meet either Monday, February 19th at 7:00 PM at the Parma/Snow Library, Conference Room A, or Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 PM at the Solon Library in the Board room. The volunteers will be planning a Spring Fling [...]

102, 2018

Virginia Great Outdoors Getaway Raffle! Winner will be drawn on March 27th

February 1st, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Congratulations to our winner Betty Rider from Youngstown Ohio! Look for our 2019 Vacation Raffle announcement later this year! Raffle Benefits Quality of Life for People with Developmental Disabilities Independence, Ohio – February 1, 2018 – Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities, is raffling off a vacation stay in the pristine wilderness of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The raffle winner [...]

1901, 2018

Julie Wagner joins Koinonia as Chief People Officer

January 19th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia is pleased to announce that we have named Julie Wagner as Chief People Officer, Human Resources effective January 11, 2018. Ms. Wagner is replacing Mary Miles who is retiring from Koinonia.  Ms. Wagner will focus on talent acquisition and strategic workforce planning for the future growth, transformation, and evolution of Koinonia. She will report directly to President and CEO Diane Beastrom. Ms. Wagner comes to us from Hattie Larlham, where [...]

501, 2018

Koinonia to Host Town Hall Meeting on Transportation Needs, Thursday January 11th

January 5th, 2018|Categories: News, Transportation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes, Inc. which is a nonprofit corporation 501 (c) (3) intends to submit a Proposal for a capital grant under the provision of 49 USC Section 5310 of the Federal Transit Act to provide transportation service to the elderly and disabled within Cuyahoga County. The grant proposal will request (2) LV 16-2 light transit wide body vehicles. It is projected that 175 individuals with intellectual disabilities will use the [...]

401, 2018

Koinonia announces new Director of Development and Communications

January 4th, 2018|Categories: News, Staff Promotion|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes is pleased to announce that Cheryl Senko has been promoted to Director of Development and Communications. She will report directly to President & CEO Diane Beastrom, and work closely with the Board of Directors and fundraising committee. She will play an integral role in advancing the mission of Koinonia by developing donor strategies, engaging volunteers, and increasing fundraising opportunities. Ms. Senko joined Koinonia 3 years ago as Marketing [...]

2712, 2017

2017 Year In Review

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

2017 has been a year of triumphs and challenges but through it all, we've stayed true to our mission of partnering with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling, and enriched lives. Learn more by watching this short video.

2212, 2017

Sheila Burton wins OPRA Front-Line Supervisor Award

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Award, News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Congratulations are in order for Sheila Burton. Shelia is being recognized with the Front-Line Supervisor Award presented by the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA). The OPRA award is given annually to select supervisors who “make it all come together.” This is exactly what Shelia embodies daily at site. Her effective communication skills ensure all duties are performed and everyone is held accountable. She is not heavy handed, but she speaks [...]

1512, 2017

A Holiday Message from our President & CEO

December 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

The holiday season is a time when we step back from our busy lives to celebrate the beliefs that fill our hearts. The “spirit of the season” envelops us with warmth, compassion and caring. For all of us at Koinonia, it’s also a time of reflection where we celebrate how far we’ve come over our 43-year history and ready ourselves for the future. In the past, people who have developmental [...]

1412, 2017

Holiday Party With A Purpose – Community Comes Together to Benefit Koinonia Clients

December 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

In keeping with the spirit of the season, Huntington Bank and Wagner’s of Westlake have helped make it possible for Koinonia Homes to enhance its celebration of the holidays for those it serves. A charitable organization serving people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Koinonia looks to the corporate community for gifts and contributions in support of its programs and services.  The generosity of these two philanthropic organizations, combined with several area churches, [...]

212, 2017

Lilly Manalo wins OPRA Direct Support Supervisor Award

December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Award, News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Congratulations to Koinonia’s very own, Lilly Manalo, for winning the Direct Support Supervisor Award presented by OPRA. A Direct Support Supervisor is defined as someone who works as a direct care worker, in-home support worker, personal assistant, or attendant that ensures people with disabilities have the necessary support that enable them to live, work, and enjoy life more independently in a community-based setting. This award recognizes the outstanding performance and dedication [...]

2610, 2017

BUCKS-FOR-A-BUS Campaign Aims to Improve Independence for People with Developmental Disabilities

October 26th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Independence, Ohio – Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for people with developmental disabilities, has launched a campaign to purchase a $65,000 18-passenger bus with an electric wheelchair lift that will improve health care, employment and community access for hundreds of people. “Many of us take basic transportation for granted,” said Diane Beastrom, president and CEO of Koinonia Homes. “But for people with developmental [...]

2709, 2017

Love shopping on Amazon.com? Smile! It gets even better.

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

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Koinonia every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, saved lists and order history as Amazon.com with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Koinonia. On your first visit, you will be prompted to select a charitable [...]

1509, 2017

U.S. Senate Recognizes Direct Support Professionals with Resolution

September 15th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

S Res 258 Honors Frontline Workers Who Support People with Disabilities and Encourages Better Data Collection Alexandria, VA –The U.S. Senate, led by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), unanimously approved a resolution designating the week beginning September 10th as "National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week." This year's resolution marks a decade of recognition by the U.S. Senate for this essential workforce and calls for better data collection. [...]

1009, 2017

Koinonia to Host CASINO ROYALE APPRECIATION EVENT for National DSP Recognition Week

September 10th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Event Honors Frontline Workers Who Support People with Disabilities Independence, OHIO –Koinonia will host “Casino Royale” a casino themed appreciation party at the Kiwanis Pavilion in honor of National Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week on Tuesday, September 12th from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event is being held to honor the work of Koinonia’s direct support professionals who provide services to hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental [...]

2808, 2017

Giving Students with Disabilities Pathways to Work

August 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By BETH THOMAS HERTZ clbfreelancer@crain.com Crain's Cleveland Business, August 27, 2017: Two Summit County school districts have received a combined $250,000 in grant money to help them start earlier in preparing more students with developmental disabilities to join the traditional workforce instead of going into sheltered facility-based workshops after high school, which has been the default path for many.For local employers, these students might be ideal for jobs that they [...]

2308, 2017

Koinonia Homes Recognized as a NorthCoast 99 Award Winner for the Third Year in a Row!

August 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Northeast Ohio - Koinonia Homes is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work! This is the third time that Koinonia has received the award. “Being recognized for our culture is an achievement made possible by our dedicated associates, who make it possible for the people we serve to achieve their life dreams,” said Diane Beastrom, President & CEO of Koinonia. “To have [...]

508, 2017

Koinonia HR Team Wins Crain’s Cleveland Business Archer Award

August 5th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

By TIMOTHY MAGAW, Crain's Cleveland Business August 5, 2017: According to Koinonia Homes, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are far more likely to fulfill their life dreams if they have well-trained, experienced and, most importantly, motivated people at their side. In the industry, those individuals are commonly known as direct support professionals —a role that inherently faces a significant amount of turnover. That's where the HR team at Koinonia, [...]

408, 2017

2017 Founders Award Winner DSP Category is Mina Nardi

August 4th, 2017|Categories: 2017 All Staff Awards, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Founder’s Award is the most prestigious award. It was established to specially recognize two associates who have consistently demonstrated exemplary efforts and outstanding service to our mission. This year’s recipients of the Founder’s Award have demonstrated their commitment to Koinonia through honest fellowship, interdependence, unselfish caring and compassionate partnering with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling enriched lives. Each recipient received a special plaque and a [...]

408, 2017

2017 Founders Award Winner non-DSP Category is Patricia Matzinger

August 4th, 2017|Categories: 2017 All Staff Awards, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Founder’s Award is the most prestigious award. It was established to specially recognize two associates who have consistently demonstrated exemplary efforts and outstanding service to our mission. This year’s recipients of the Founder’s Award have demonstrated their commitment to Koinonia through honest fellowship, interdependence, unselfish caring and compassionate partnering with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling enriched lives. Each recipient received a special plaque and a [...]

2607, 2017

Koinonia Awarded Grant to Expand Innovative Pilot Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

July 26th, 2017|Categories: Grants, News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Independence, Ohio – July 26, 2017 – Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of day programs, residential and employment services for individuals with developmental disabilities, has received a $30,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to expand an innovative pilot program that prepares students to live as independent and self-reliant adults. The program, entitled ASPIRE, was developed in a partnership that includes Koinonia, the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board [...]

2107, 2017

Action Request: Please Call These Senators to Save our Services!

July 21st, 2017|Categories: Legislative Action Alert, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Senate Majority Leader McConnell has changed course to obtain support for two attempts at the health care bill: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), which he had previously decided to not pursue and which contains devastating cuts and caps to Medicaid that would cause providers to close their doors; and the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA) to be considered next week!   We are 4 days from the vote on [...]

1707, 2017

ANCOR Reports 76% of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities would NOT be protected from Medicaid caps

July 17th, 2017|Categories: Legislative Action Alert, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Experts Release Report Detailing BCRA Impact in Key Swing State - 76% of children with intellectual or developmental disabilities would NOT be protected from Medicaid caps Report Also Reveals Absence of Developmental Disabilities Policy and Funding in Media Reporting on the BCRA July 17, 2017 - Given the announced postponement of the Senate vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) will [...]

1707, 2017

Program gives summer work to kids with disabilities; city of Stow among the employers

July 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Paula Schleis Beacon Journal staff writer STOW: The flecks of red paint on their uniform vests and bare hands mean many things to nine youngsters working for the city this summer. It means a new Chromebook for King James Mills and some fashionable school clothes for Kate Allen and Alyssia Jackson, who are making plans for their paychecks. It means valuable experience added to a resume that is understandably [...]

607, 2017

Kasich Signs Budget, Invests in DODD

July 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

June 30, Gov. John Kasich signed the biennial operating budget for the State of Ohio, bringing the budget process to a close.  The current operating budget builds on the historic $286 million in investment made two years ago by investing $65 million in new dollars over the next two years. This new funding will strengthen our system and improve the lives of Ohioans with developmental disabilities. Watch John Martin, Director [...]

2906, 2017

The Rights of People with Disabilities Face Sudden Reversal

June 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Rights of People with Disabilities Face Sudden Reversal

A special message from our President & CEO Diane Beastrom. Just a few decades ago many people with developmental disabilities lived hidden away in segregated obscurity. They were warehoused in institutions, paid pennies in sheltered workshops and often treated with unsympathetic obligation. Since the 1970s, Ohio has made tremendous improvements advancing the rights of people with disabilities to become more fully integrated into their communities. Many now live richer, more [...]

2906, 2017

Koinonia Receives $75,850 Grant from The Cleveland Foundation

June 29th, 2017|Categories: Grants, News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

June 29, 2017- CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Foundation board of directors today approved a $75,850 grant to Koinonia Homes, Inc.  The grant will be used for planning and information management and capacity building including the development of an updated strategic plan, the establishment of standardized and information-based risk assessment tools, as well as the creation of outcome measurements and standards for the intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) field.  Additionally, the [...]

2306, 2017

Koinonia Homes has reached the GuideStar Gold Level Profile as a Demonstration of its Commitment to Transparency

June 23rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE, OHIO - Koinonia Homes today achieved the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates Koinonia's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. "We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents," said William [...]

2206, 2017

Osiris Ortiz Promoted to Help Desk Analyst Level 2

June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Careers at Koinonia, News|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

When Osiris Ortiz was in high school, they introduced this strange new thing to his classroom – it was called an IBM personal computer. “I was like, WOW – what is this?” Said Osiris, “It had monochrome screens and floppy discs, it made strange noises, that got me intrigued.” Many years later, Osiris celebrates his promotion to Help Desk Analyst Level 2, a new position created to address Koinonia’s increasing [...]

2106, 2017

Maureen Schroder Promoted to Director of Transportation

June 21st, 2017|Categories: Careers at Koinonia, News|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Maureen Schroder to Director of Transportation.  Maureen joined Koinonia in 2016 as our Transportation Manager.  She came to us with 20 years of experience with the Summit County Board of Development Disabilities. She graduated from Kent State University with her Master’s Degree in Education.  She has been instrumental in developing county transportation contracts, implementing a transition plan for the successful transportation of [...]

1306, 2017

Text To Find A Free Summer Meals Site Near You

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

Families say, on average, their grocery bills are about $300 higher every month when kids are out of school; Free summer meals can help. Federal summer meals programs provide a solution. Free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens age 18 and under at thousands of summer meals sites across the country and right here in Northeast Ohio. Now, finding a free summer meals site is easy: Use your [...]

806, 2017

KOINONIA HOMES EXPANDS RESIDENTIAL SERVICES INTO SUMMIT COUNTY

June 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on KOINONIA HOMES EXPANDS RESIDENTIAL SERVICES INTO SUMMIT COUNTY

Independence, Ohio – June 8, 2017 – Koinonia Homes, a leading provider of residential services, day programs and employment services for adults with developmental disabilities, was selected by 23 families to provide disabilities services in four group homes in Summit County that were previously managed by Evant Inc., as well as one additional home formerly managed by Arbor Home Health Care. Two of the homes are in Akron, two are [...]

1405, 2017

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law will host a seminar on June 22nd to help families learn more about ABLE Accounts.

May 14th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia Homes and Butcher Elder Law have partnered together to offer a special ABLE Account Seminar on June 22nd,  2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Strongsville  Library at 18700 Westwood Dr, Strongsville, OH 44136 (Conference Room). 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 [...]

405, 2017

Important Update! Please Take Action Now

May 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Comments Off on Important Update! Please Take Action Now

Take action today to make sure your Members of Congress vote "NO" on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), the ACA “repeal and replace” bill.   Why should you do this? The risk of eliminating Essential Health Benefits may lead to less or no access to mental health services and other essential health benefits. This will negatively impact many of our clients and all people with I/DD. How to [...]

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 [...]

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: , , , , |1 Comment

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