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3006, 2020

Koinonia President & CEO advocates for People with IDD and Direct Support Professionals

June 30th, 2020|Categories: Spotlight|0 Comments

The following op-ed was recently published in The Akron Beacon Journal,, and The Columbus Dispatch Since the COVID-19 pandemic began tearing through the United States, we’ve heard a lot about overloaded systems and the people who are suffering as a result. We’ve heard about our overwhelmed hospital systems and the doctors on hospital front lines. We’ve heard about aging Americans and the professionals on nursing home front lines. But what we haven’t heard about are people with disabilities — specifically those with intellectual and developmental disabilities — and the direct support professionals on the front-lines. In the midst of this crisis, people with I/DD are the forgotten faces; their DSPs the forgotten front lines. The coronavirus is silently tearing through the disability community and causing deaths that could be avoided with more government action. In New York State alone, roughly 1 in 6 people with IDD who contracted the corona-virus died — a much higher [...]

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3006, 2020

A Better LIFE

June 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

LIFE is an acronym for Lifelong Inclusion for Everyone, and at Koinonia Enterprises it’s a model that clearly identifies adequate supports needed for people with IDD to move from exclusion to community inclusion while addressing each client’s choices, barriers, and needed supports. The LIFE model includes a canvass that measures an individual’s ‘LIFE Level’ which is a ranking based on the individual’s ability and desire to be active in [...]

3006, 2020

Chief Quality Officer Diana Rosa named Member of Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021

June 30th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

June 26, 2020 - The Cleveland Leadership Center announced today that Koinonia's Inaugural Chief Quality Officer, Diana Rosa, was named a member of Leadership Cleveland's class of 2021. Rosa, along with 68 other people with diverse backgrounds in for-profit, non-profit, and public-sector institutions were chosen through a competitive application process. The Leadership Cleveland program runs 10 months and "challenges senior-level leaders to act on pressing community issues," the Cleveland [...]

1905, 2020


May 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

From the beginning of this global crisis, our staff have all stepped out and rallied together to continue to provide the care and support our individuals need. We are proud of all of their efforts and appreciate their flexibility as we continue to navigate our way during these uncertain times. Join us in celebrating our first #KoinoniaAppreciationWeek, where we recognize all the hard work and dedication from our staff [...]

805, 2020

Frontline Caregiver Support Fund

May 8th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

COVID-19 is creating an evolving situation with carried impacts around the world and across the states. In Ohio, we are seeing first-hand the effects of COVID-19 as it continues to spread across the state. Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Frontline staff have stepped up and rallied together so that the people who count on us are cared for, healthy, and safe. They are essential healthcare workers, who are [...]

805, 2020

Charity Art Auction Benefits Virtual Programming for people with IDD

May 8th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Koinonia has launched a charity art auction to help support virtual day programming and employment services that are being conducted in light of COVID-19. People can visit to view and bid on the artwork, all of which were created as group art therapy projects. The online auction ends on May 31, 2020, at 11:00 PM.  If the winning bidder lives in Northeast Ohio, we will deliver their artwork [...]

405, 2020

Mental Health Awareness Month

May 4th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

While we are experiencing the physical and health effects of the COVID-19, we are also faced with the mental effects as well. This month, we are recognizing Mental Health Awareness Month. In support of everyone's social responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19, Recovery Resources partnered with MetroHealth and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month through a Virtual Art Show. Now more than, we [...]

2204, 2020

Important Updates Related to Legal Aid and Other Community Services During COVID-19

April 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

Dear Community Partner: Please see important updates related to Legal Aid and other community services during COVID-19 in the message below– Urgent action needed for Social Security recipients with children! NEW Worker Information Line hosted by Legal Aid Legal Aid is helping tenants maintain housing through the pandemic Many people are entitled to the economic stimulus payment Everyone expecting a stimulus payment should be careful to avoid scams The [...]

2104, 2020

Even More on Helping Individuals Feel Safe, Connected, and In Control

April 21st, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Brain Calls the Shots.  The importance of being physically safe as well as feeling safe was highlighted last time.  Remember, not feeling safe has the same effect on our brains as not being physically safe.  Both trigger the fear center of our brains or our fight, flight, or freeze response.  When our brains sense a real or perceived threat, it quickly decides whether fighting, running, or freezing will [...]

2703, 2020

Stacy Soria becomes Koinonia’s Inaugural Chief Strategy Officer

March 27th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Koinonia Way seeks to create a collaborative environment that empowers and motivates people to do their best every day – so that we can fulfill our mission while creating sustainability for Koinonia’s future. Today we are excited to announce that Stacy Soria has been promoted to Chief Strategy Officer to help us achieve that vision. She will report directly to Diane Beastrom, President and CEO of Koinonia. "Stacy [...]

2503, 2020

5 Ways to Help Individuals Feel Safe, Connected, & In Control during the Pandemic

March 25th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Tip #1 Talk about It.  Allow individuals to ask questions about COVID-19 and what is happening in our state/country.  Provide simple, honest, straight forward answers. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know when you don’t know then talk about how it feels not to know. Use social stories to help explain the virus and how it is impacting us.  Encourage people to talk about their feelings and to [...]

1903, 2020

#DDAwarenessMonth2020 Advocacy Mural

March 19th, 2020|Categories: News|0 Comments

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Over 6 million individuals in the United States have developmental disabilities. Examples of developmental disabilities include Autism, behavior disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disability, and spina bifida. [...]

302, 2020

Koinonia shares results of DSP Turnover & Retention Study with Industry Partners

February 3rd, 2020|Categories: News|2 Comments

In 2019, thanks to the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation, Koinonia sponsored a comprehensive study of DSP turnover and retention, in order to gain insight on improving our ability to attract, develop, and retain vital talent on a sustainable level. The project team included Diane McNally, Ph.D., a consultant for ERC of Cleveland, Dr. Amy Hewitt, Senior Research Associate, Research and Training Center on Community Living Institute on [...]

901, 2020

Upcoming Legal Aid Clinics

January 9th, 2020|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is offering the following FREE brief advice legal aid clinics. Below is a list of all Legal Aid events through the first week of April. You can click here for printable PDF of our most recent clinic flyer or click here to view an online listing of our brief advice clinics, which is always available for your reference. As always, those in need can contact Legal [...]

2611, 2019

Koinonia joins #GivingTuesdayCLE Campaign

November 26th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

Every year, nonprofits big and small throughout Cleveland join the global #GivingTuesday movement, a worldwide day of generosity fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. For the second year in a row, WISH Cleveland is inviting you to help harness and celebrate the collective impact of generosity in our community. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday [...]

411, 2019

Koinonia Adds DailyPay to Empower and Retain Direct Support Professionals

November 4th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

INDEPENDENCE – November 4, 2019 – Koinonia, a leading provider of life-changing services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has unveiled a new initiative aimed at helping employees gain greater financial flexibility. DailyPay allows employees to receive instant access to their earned but unpaid wages whenever they need them, without having to wait until their next scheduled payday. The partnership will empower Koinonia’s workforce with the financial [...]

2210, 2019

Employee Spotlight – Mary Therese Conway

October 22nd, 2019|Categories: News|2 Comments

In her role as a Qualified I/D Professional, Mary Therese has impacted people at Koinonia through her willingness to always step up when needed, her desire to be a mentor and teacher to her teammates, and her ability to think out of the box and be innovative. Mary Therese shows great coaching skills in her day-to-day interactions with fellow staff.  She is solution-oriented and does not waste time finding [...]

910, 2019

DSP Hiring Party 10/16 – 10/17. $250 Sign-On Bonus!

October 9th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

You're invited to a special DSP Hiring Party at our headquarters in Independence Ohio. We are searching for caring DSP's to work in group homes and adult day centers throughout the greater Cleveland area. $250 SIGN-ON BONUS, Great Benefits, Paid Training and Paid Time Off! Come for the opportunity and stay for the refreshments! Oct. 16-17, 10:00 am until 4:30 pm daily. 6161 Oak Tree Blvd, Suite 210, Independence [...]

3009, 2019

Thanks to Friends Fund Impact Client Lives

September 30th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia's THANKS TO FRIENDS (TTF) fund an employee sponsored fund that benefits our must vulnerable clients, has helped over 30 clients this year when they needed it the most. Employees contribute through small payroll deductions ranging from $1.00 to $10 per paycheck - small deductions that together have a big impact. Together this year we have helped Michael get new eye glasses, we helped Megan go bowling, we bought [...]

3009, 2019

Koinonia Weigh Challenge Update – September 2019

September 30th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

What has 90 participants and 12 teams that include not only our CEO, but staff from all levels and the people we serve? It’s the Koinonia Weigh Challenge! We are all getting healthy together while learning more about our philosophy of the Koinonia Way. The Koinonia Way is about how we Care, Support, and Lead to accomplish our mission and make our organization happier and healthier. Our number one [...]

2609, 2019

The Koinonia Way – Care

September 26th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Koinonia Way is how we care, support and lead to achieve our mission and values At Koinonia, we believe all we do begins with caring about our associates and the individuals and families we serve. For this reason, we promote behaviors that build a caring environment where people feel safe physically, psychologically, and socially. We focus on strengths and resiliency and foster an environment of compassion, trust, and [...]

1809, 2019

What is the Koinonia Way?

September 18th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

To create a collaborative environment that empowers and motivates people to do their best every day The Koinonia Way is all of us partnering every day to improve the quality of life of everyone with whom we connect. It encompasses our mission and core values, and is a culture of caring, collaborative support, and person-centered to help everyone who works and is served here to be happy and realize [...]

1209, 2019

Koinonia Celebrates Direct Support Professionals with Appreciation Events

September 12th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

September 12, 2019 – Independence, Ohio – As part of a nationwide movement to recognize the impact of direct service support professionals (DSPs), Koinonia hosted a local appreciation event at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on September 12. The event, called CREW AT THE ZOO, celebrated more than 300 DSPs who serve adults with intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). The celebration, which ran from 10:30 am until 5:30 pm, featured [...]

2908, 2019

In the Spotlight: Renee Dezso

August 29th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

A dedicated educator. A tireless advocate. An unsung hero. These are the phrases Renee Deszo’s colleagues use to describe the assistant program manager, who has been a valued member of the Koinonia team for many years. In her role, Renee is responsible for training the newest members of Koinonia’s supervisory staff. Each day, she dedicates her efforts to preparing supervisors to care for individuals with IDD and respond with [...]

2708, 2019

Koinonia is a NorthCoast 99 Award Winner for the 5th Year in a Row!

August 27th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Independence, Ohio, Aug. 22, 2019 – Koinonia is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This is the fifth time that our organization has received the NorthCoast 99 Award. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program and event in its 21st year that honors 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. “More than a business award or event, [...]

1908, 2019

Koinonia to celebrate Direct Support Professionals with CREW AT THE ZOO event on Thursday, September 12th

August 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

1908, 2019

Koinonia Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

August 19th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Independence, Ohio – August 19, 2019 – Koinonia, the region’s leading provider of day, residential and employment services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has appointed Susan Chiancone to serve as the chief financial officer (CFO). Chiancone joins the Koinonia team with robust experience in finance and financial operations. In her role as CFO, Chiancone will serve as the organization’s primary financial steward while working to fulfill [...]

2806, 2019

What Barriers? How James overcame Homeless and Discrimination to Achieve His Dreams

June 28th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

James is a person who has IDD and blindness. He started with Koinonia Enterprise’s (KE) employment services department in 2017.  At the time, James was employed at a large seafood chain restaurant as a dishwasher only working 8 hours a week, and he needed a job with more hours to support himself. He began working with Career Coordinator Annmarie, and she became his biggest advocate. James faced many challenges, [...]

2506, 2019

Koinonia to Celebrate Staff Success at Event on July 23rd

June 25th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia will celebrate staff excellence and share important company news and updates at their annual All-Staff meeting on Tuesday, July 23rd. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn on Rockside Road in Independence. Staff will have the choice of attending either a morning session or an evening session.  Over 100 Koinonia employees will be honored for demonstrating excellence on the job and for their years of service, [...]

2506, 2019

Thank you for your support

June 25th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

This past April, Koinonia joined the Autism Society in promoting awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many of our clients have received a diagnosis of autism, so we are privileged to share the Autism Society’s commitment to providing adults with ASD the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. We recently asked you to make a gift to Koinonia programs that support people who have autism and other [...]

1106, 2019

The Koinonia Weigh Challenge Teaches Employees The Koinonia Way

June 11th, 2019|Categories: Koinonia Way, Koinonia Weigh Spotlight, News|0 Comments

July 23, 2019 - Independence, Ohio: Koinonia has launched an exciting new contest and educational tool for their employees. The Koinonia Weigh Challenge is an 8-week contest where teams of employees compete to earn points to win cash prizes. The contest was announced at Koinonia's annual All-Staff meeting. It will run from Monday, September 9th - Friday November 1st. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 18th. In addition [...]

2105, 2019

Springfield High School Aspire Students Celebrate the End of the School Year

May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

May 15, 2019 - Akron, Ohio: Ten students from Springfield High School celebrated their success in the Aspire program in a ceremony which took place at the Iron Grill in Akron.  Parents, Students, Springfield Teaches and Staff, Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Summit DD) representatives and employees of Koinonia were in attendance. This program is in part, generously supported by General Motors. The Aspire Program is managed by [...]

2105, 2019

Woodridge High School Aspire Students Recognized at Year-End Event

May 21st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

May 7, 2019, Cuyahoga Falls Ohio: Eleven students were recognized for completion of the ASPIRE program for the 2018 - 2019 School Year at a special event held at the Wing Warehouse in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio. Parents, Students, Woodridge Teachers and Staff, Summit County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Summit DD) representatives, and representatives from Koinonia were in attendance.  Area employers and representatives from CareSource foundation also participated in the [...]

1705, 2019

Koinonia Kicks-off Multi-Prize Getaway Raffle Win $1,000 VISA Gift Card and a New Orleans Vacation!

May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Independence, Ohio – May 17, 2019 – 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 heart of the Big Easy – New Orleans. The raffle winner will be awarded an 8-day/7-night getaway at the Bluegreen Club La Pension resort located on the Decatur Street – along with a $1,000 VISA Gift card. [...]

1705, 2019

Mark’s Koinonia Story

May 17th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

At Koinonia, we are dedicated to helping people with autism lead independent, fulfilling lives. We recently reached out to our friends in the community to share the following story about Mark, a young man with autism who has benefited from the services we provide. Like most young adults, Mark dreamed of landing a job so that he could earn his own money, live on his own, and have a [...]

1505, 2019

KeyBank Make A Difference Day Helps Job Seekers Prepare for Employment

May 15th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

For the second year in a row, KeyBank employees visited both Koinonia Enterprises' locations to perform mock interviews for our job seekers. The event was part of KeyBank's annual Make a Difference Day. A mock interview, also known as a practice interview, is a simulation of an actual job interview. It provides job seekers with an opportunity to practice for an interview and receive feedback. One of the individuals [...]

2404, 2019

Koinonia asks employers to consider hiring people with Autism during Autism Awareness Month

April 24th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

LiveOnLakeside Cheryl Senko & Mark Donofrio - Koinonia Homes Author: LIVE On Lakeside Published: 4:31 PM EDT April 23, 2019 Updated: 4:31 PM EDT April 23, 2019 Koinonia Homes’ mission is to partner with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling, and enriched lives. Cheryl Senko, Director of Development & Communications at Koinonia Homes and Mark Donofrio, Resident at Koinonia Homes, joined Alexa and Michael to tell [...]

1604, 2019

Koinonia Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

April 16th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Nearly 25 years ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide campaign to promote awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism Awareness Month is today celebrated each April in an effort to shine a light on a disorder that has grown significantly in prevalence, now affecting 1 out of every 59 children born each year [...]

1604, 2019

Koinonia Receives Historic Gift

April 16th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia marked the start of the year with a gift of $325,000 gift from an anonymous donor. This is the largest gift we have received in our 45-year history. We are deeply grateful for this transformational commitment, which will allow us to advance key elements of our strategic plan. Developed in 2017 with the support of The Cleveland Foundation and in collaboration with OPEN MINDS, a healthcare business intelligence [...]

1504, 2019

Koinonia Featured on 19 NEWS Cleveland

April 15th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

By John Deike View CLICK HERE to view the article on 19 News website BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - At Koinonia, it’s not about disability--it’s about possibility. The Northeast Ohio nonprofit is opening new doors for people with disabilities while breaking the stigmatizing cycle that works against special people who are making a positive difference in the community. One of their latest success stories involves Mark Donofrio. Donofrio, 26, [...]

304, 2019

April is Autism Awareness Month

April 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

For almost 50 years, April has been designated as Autism Awareness Month. A month-long celebration and a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and increase attention to those affected by autism. What is Autism Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability. Symptoms typically appear during early childhood and is usually a life-long condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate, socially interact with others and [...]

2103, 2019

Koinonia’s Jason Dresden joins the Stow Commission on Inclusion

March 21st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |0 Comments

Jason Dresden, Koinonia’s Workforce Development Manager, has joined the City of Stow’s Commission on Inclusion. The Commission seeks ways to help the City of Stow continue to grow awareness of and support for Stow citizens with disabilities. According to Dresden, "My job is to help people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities find meaningful employment, which perfectly blends with the mission of the Commission. I look forward to working [...]

1303, 2019

Koinonia Hires Inaugural Chief Quality Officer

March 13th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Service Agency Taps Diana Rosa, Expert Performance Improvement Executive INDEPENDENCE, Ohio, March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Koinonia, a leading provider of day, residential, and career services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD), hired Diana Rosa to serve as its first Chief Quality Officer.Rosa is a career-long quality and performance improvement management executive in the behavioral health sector. In this newly created position, Rosa will inform, advise and develop Koinonia's [...]

403, 2019

Koinonia Employees Make an Impact with Thanks to Friends Fund

March 4th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Koinonia employees don’t just dedicate their careers to helping people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) live better lives in our communities, they also support our clients with small payroll deductions, small deductions that together have a huge impact.The Thanks to Friends Fund, or TTF, was established in 1998, to provides financial assistance to individuals can benefit from specialized therapies, counseling, medical equipment, educational and recreational programs that enhance [...]

103, 2019

Koinonia Celebrates DD Awareness Month

March 1st, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to "increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Over 6 million individuals in the United States have developmental disabilities. Examples of developmental disabilities include Autism, behavior disorders, brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, intellectual disability, and spina bifida. People [...]

802, 2019

Koinonia Launches Amazon Wish-List to benefit Residents living in Group Homes

February 8th, 2019|Categories: News|0 Comments

Coffee Makers, Bath Towels, and Twin Bedding - Those are just some of the items that are needed in the 21 licensed group homes that Koinonia manages. While funding sources may initially purchase these items, it doesn't replace them when they become broken or worn out.  Now, Koinonia supporters have the opportunity to purchase these much-needed items via our Amazon Wish List. The Amazon Wish List resembles a [...]

2301, 2019

Spring Fling Volunteer Meeting Set for February 6th at Little Birdie Wine Nest in Parma

January 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|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 at The Little Birdie Wine Nest, 6060 Broadview Road, Parma Ohio 44134 at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, February 6th. The meeting should take approximately an hour. The volunteers will be helping to plan Koinonia’s annual Spring [...]

1611, 2018

Koinonia Kicks-off Virginia Great Outdoors Getaway Raffle

November 16th, 2018|Categories: News|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 [...]

3010, 2018

Koinonia Receives $100,000 NOACA Grant for Transportation Initiative

October 30th, 2018|Categories: News|1 Comment

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, [...]

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 Matti

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

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

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 ( 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