In The Community

Heinzerling residents have so many opportunities to enjoy activities within our locations and in the greater Columbus area. Whether it’s celebrating a birthday, attending an outdoor concert, or painting a picture with a volunteer, our residents enjoy being part of the community.


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Staff recently organized a special fall activity for our residents at the Heinzerling Memorial Foundation. Residents had a great time playing pumpkin ring toss and leaf bingo. They also got a chance to get creative with gourd painting and leaf watercolors. Residents tried to guess what they were feeling inside a special sensory “coffin.”
The Heinzerling Developmental Center held their annual Halloween Party at the end of October. Festivities included a costume parade throughout the building for both staff & residents with a costume judging contest afterwards. Certificates were awarded for both staff & residents. The party continued on with Halloween games in the courtyards that included pumpkin bowling, witch hat toss, dice rolling, and bewitched treats! Later in the evening residents enjoyed a haunted garden at the Outdoor Sensory Garden, and a bonfire.
Additional fall activities have included the annual pumpkin decorating contest and trips to the Circleville Pumpkin Show. All of these activities are made possibly because of the generosity of our annual donors. Thank You!


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The Heinzerling Community recently hosted 147 high school students from Bishop Watterson and St. Charles for their fall retreats. The students engaged with our residents by participating in a variety of fun activities including music, crafts, games, and adaptive bowling. During their visit, the students learned about the history of the Heinzerling Community, how we are funded, and the unique individualized approach to resident care for which we are known. Visiting the Heinzerling Community left a lasting impression on both the instructors and students of Bishop Watterson and St. Charles schools.
From- Mike Warner the Religion Teacher at St. Charles:
“We become fully alive when loved by another, not for our successes or strength but to be truly embraced in our vulnerability. Like many of the residents at Heinzerling, St. Charles students do not always have the experience of being celebrated without condition. There is a mutual exchange that takes place when our students allow themselves to be present to another. It is a joy that drives out loneliness.”
From- Robert Steinbauer, Academic Head of Theology Dept. at Bishop Watterson
“Our school, Bishop Watterson, in its philosophy, sees Jesus being present in those who suffer-in this case with disabilities- and by loving these children at Heinzerling, we are in fact loving Jesus since we are called to love our neighbor as our self. An additional value for the students is that in focusing on the Heinzerling children there is an increase in each person’s sensitivity to those in need and a personal healing in focusing outside one self and an increased sense of gratefulness for the any gifts our students may otherwise take for granted.
“Two women students recently told me that they had always dreamed of helping the disabled seek fulfillment. When they had a chance to serve at Heinzerling they at first feared the doubt that often comes with an opportunity of whether they were wrong about their dream, but were overjoyed at learning from the experience of volunteering that their dream was even truer than they had imagined. Also, two men from Watterson had said that they were surprised at how the experience of volunteering had challenged them to go outside of themselves, learn to communicate in other ways and have a sense now of what parenting could be in their future. Nearly all have come back from Heinzerling changed with increased sensitivity to the needs of others and a deep sense of the residents’ goodness and worth. We, at Watterson, could ask for no more!”

Tailgate Anyone?

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Each year the Heinzerling Developmental Center hosts a very fun OSU vs Michigan tailgate. Residents and staff look forward to this event each year and it has become a huge tradition. Activities featured in this year’s tailgate included a football hunt game, photo ops with Brutus, tailgating and the Royal Procession complete with the Best Damn Band in The Land OSU alumni trumpet player, Scott Rogers. This year’s King is Wendell P. and the Queen is Janice K. they will assume their royal title until next year’s tailgate.


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