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Information and Support for Parents & Caregivers

This page shares resources for family members, caregivers, and others who support individuals with developmental disabilities. Please check back for upcoming events (including Rec Night information), Parent Advocacy agendas, organizational announcements, useful information, and training resources.

 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES
Transportation

Call (912) 644-7529 for all transportation changes.

Please submit all changes 24 hours in advance. For unexpected requests, please submit before 7:30am of the requested day.

2019 Holiday Closings
  • January 1, 2019
  • January 21, 2019
  • May 27, 2019
  • July 4, 2019
  • September 2, 2019
  • November 11, 2019
  • November 28 – 29, 2019
  • December 23 – 27, 2019*

*We are open
December 30 – 31

 

2020 Holiday Closings
  • January 1, 2020
  • January 21, 2020
  • May 25, 2020
  • July 3, 2020
  • September 7, 2020
  • November 11, 2020
  • November 26 – 27, 2020
  • December 21 – 25, 2020*

*We are open
December 28 – 31

December News

Christmas Break Reminder

We’d like to remind you that EmployAbility will close promptly at 3:00pm on Friday, December 20 and will be closed the week of Christmas – Monday, December 23 through Friday, December 27.

The following week, we will be open with the exception of Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

 

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Shenequa Gresham
Director of Day Services

Start Saving Today with ABLENow Accounts
Benefits of ABLEnow

ABLEnow accounts help individuals with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses, without being taxed on the earnings – and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs.

Visit About ABLEnow to read about the origins of this groundbreaking program that’s helping thousands of people nationwide dream, save and achieve.

Flexible

ABLEnow accounts are designed to be flexible – easy to manage, easy to contribute to, and easy to use. Pay for a range of qualified disability expenses with your ABLEnow Card, available to all account holders at no additional cost.

Tax-Advantaged Savings

Earnings grow free from federal taxes. In addition, some states may offer state tax incentives.

Works With Other Aid

Generally, funds in an ABLEnow account are disregarded when determining eligibility for certain means-tested benefits programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). For these details, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Parent Advocacy Format Change
November 14, 2019

 

Greetings Parents, Providers, and Caregivers:

As you know, we host Parent Advocacy Meetings on a monthly basis in an effort to ensure our families have current information on relevant resources and events at EmployAbility. Our attendance at meetings this year has been very low and we have received some feedback, positive and negative, on the topics we have presented in addition to the frequency of the meetings.

In an effort to encourage participation, we are moving our meetings from monthly to bi-monthly as well as changing our current format.  We would love for you as the parent/caregiver to suggest topics for these meetings and suggest topic speakers, and you can do so by using this form and return it by hand, mail, or email to Shenequa Gresham ([email protected]). If your topic is chosen, it will be that parent/caregiver’s responsibility to schedule that speaker for our meeting.

I know this format is different.  It is my hope that with more parental/caregiver involvement, these meetings will see increased attendance and parents/caregivers will find them more meaningful and beneficial!

We will not meet in November or December.  We will start our new format soon, and you will be notified of the next meeting. Please contact me if you have any questions/concerns. If you are not on our digital mailing list, you can sign up here and choose the Parent & Caregiver News mailing list.

Thank you for all you do!

Shenequa Gresham
Director of Day Services

2019 Christmas Dinner Dance

40th Annual Christmas Dinner-Dance Details:

Thursday, December 5, 2019
at
The Savannah Golf Club
1661 E President Street
Savannah, GA 31404
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Christmas Dinner-Dance Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm!

$20 for participants
$25 for guests
Participants may buy up to ONE additional ticket for a guest

Purchase your tickets at the EmployAbility Warehouse at 1249 Eisenhower Drive
(Use back warehouse entrance for ticket purchases)

Please Note:
EmployAbility does not provide transportation services of any kind to and from the Christmas Dinner-Dance.
You must arrange for your own pickup and be picked up promptly when the dance ends!

If you have any questions, please contact your case manager.

It’s going to be a fantastic night – we can’t wait to see you there!

Shenequa Gresham
Director of Day Services

November News

Thanksgiving Holiday

November 22, 2019

Dear Parents & Caregivers:

EmployAbility will close promptly at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.  This is the normal closing time, not early, and we would appreciate a timely pickup of individuals.  Please make all necessary arrangements to have your loved ones picked up from the center at this time.

We will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We will resume normal business hours December 2, 2019.

Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday!

Shenequa Gresham
Director of Day Services

Bed Bugs
November 25, 2019

Dear Parents & Caregivers:

Yates Astro Termite & Pest Control has provided a useful handout on the history, treatment, and prevention of bed bug infestations.  Please take a moment to look through this information, because it can help your household avoid a bed bug infestation, which is extremely difficult to prevent and to eliminate!

Emergency Van Fundraiser
November 19, 2019

Earlier this month, one of our passenger vans that we use every day for daily transportation routes to and from our campus as well as for Community Access Group activities was stolen. Unfortunately, because of extensive damage done to the ignition and body of the van, the vehicle has been deemed totaled by our insurance company. We have set up an Emergency Van Fundraiser to help raise needed funds to purchase a replacement van.

EmployAbility transports approximately 160 participants from their home to our campus and return each day, on 14 different routes. This does not include CAG activities, which serve an additional 42- 48 people each day. Transportation is a $600,000+ per year expense and we are not reimbursed for these costs.

If you would like to donate to help us purchase a replacement van, please go to our website – www.employabilityga.org/van911 – no donation is too small to make a big difference! Thank you for your continued support.

 

Read the full letter from Dr. Ken Boyd

Resources for Individuals and Caregivers

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of GCDD is to advance social change, public policy, and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play, and worship in Georgia’s communities.

Consumer Protection Guide for Older Adults

Do you know how to spot a scam?

The Georgia Protection Guide for Older Adults is a great resource GA Department of Law to help you and your loved ones avoid scams, schemes, and identity fraud! Download it here.

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD)

The first step of entering EmployAbility’s programs is visiting the Region 5 Office of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), in Savannah, GA. (1915 Eisenhower Drive, Building 7,   Savannah, GA  31406   (912) 303-1670).

DBHDD provides treatment and support services to people with behavioral health challenges and addictive diseases. They also assist individuals who live with developmental disabilities. The agency’s mission is to provide high-quality health care opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities or behavioral health challenges close to their homes, so they can live a life of independence and recovery and create a sustainable, self-sufficient, and resilient life in their community. Learn more at  dbhdd.georgia.gov.

Georgia STABLE Accounts
STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security! Learn more at www.georgiastable.com and see how you or your loved one can benefit.