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.
Summertime is a very magical time for the Heinzerling Community. Our residents look so forward to the carefree days of summer and all of the excitement that comes with the many activities planned by our staff. From gardening to water days at the sensory park, playing baseball in the Buddy Ball league, and fishing at Hoover Dam to camping at Recreation Unlimited, there is no shortage of having fun! These activities provide our residents with so many benefits to be mobile in the outdoors, socialize, and stimulate senses.
Thanks to the support of our many donors and corporate partners these activities are possible. We thank each and every one of you! Your support puts a smile on our resident’s faces and enhances their quality of life. This picture of our residents having fun says it all.
MAY MEANS PROM!
Prom is an exciting time at the Heinzerling Community! Each year our residents get a chance to dress up in a special dress or suit and go to a dance at West Central School. Heinzerling staff goes the extra mile to make sure that everyone’s hair, makeup, boutonnieres, and corsages are just perfect. This year several residents, families, and staff participated. We were excited that our very own Coleman was selected as Prom King! We look forward to next year.
Hitting our stride!
An exhilarating time was had by several Heinzerling Community residents at the Inclusion Revolution 5K Run/Walk. Team Heart and Soul provided teammates for our Champion Runners. The mission of this special nonprofit organization is to provide inclusive opportunities for individuals with disabilities, their families and friends, to participate in endurance racing events across Ohio, while building authentic relationships through teamwork.
During the races, local athletes called “teammates” are partnered with individuals with disabilities called “champions.” The program helps individuals with disabilities experience the joy and triumph of competitive endurance running and biking events. This is accomplished through the dedication of many volunteers and specially outfitted wheelchairs designed for endurance racing. This year’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk set a new record for the largest group for a single Team Heart & Sole event.
HALLOWEEN AND FALL FUN!
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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