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.
Heinzerling residents and staff have been busy this summer planting and growing our very own community garden, “Can-Do Acres.” This project was made possible by a very generous grant from the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. The garden has produced a variety of vegetables including tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, and green beans. To date the garden has produced 6 wagons full of food with more to come. Many of our residents are using the food they grow in their daily meals. In addition, a portion of the food has been donated to the Grace of God Lutheran Church food pantry on the West side of Columbus, and other vegetables have been sold to Heinzerling staff. Proceeds from the garden will help us make the garden bigger and fund resident activities. The “Can-Do Acres” garden has been a wonderful experience for our residents and staff. Through this activity we have been able to provide additional opportunities for choice making, fine motor skills, and sensory development while being in the beautiful outdoors!
Batter Up! Several of our residents played in an adult league this past summer for a new organization called Grove City Buddy Ball. The Grove City Buddy Ball program is more than just baseball. It is about making new friends, building self-esteem and treating everyone equally. Buddy Ball makes use of adaptive equipment and volunteers to remove barriers on the baseball field that would usually prevent children and adults with disabilities from playing the game. Teams play on the newly built Mirolo Dream Field, custom-designed with a tiled rubberized surface that accommodates individuals using wheelchairs and other assistive devices. Our residents had so much fun this year and can’t wait to start up again next year.
See You At The Finish Line!
On September 17th, Heinzerling residents joined hundreds of other racing enthusiasts to complete the Steps of Faith 1K/5K Walk Run. This was the 6th year for the event that raises funds for the Heinzerling Community and Bradley’s House of Hope, a day program in Nicaragua for children with disabilities. The event is hosted by the Church of the Messiah in Westerville, OH. More than 250 participants walked and ran with Heinzerling residents and other individuals with disabilities. Host sponsor, Church of the Messiah, did a great job organizing this event with the help of many church volunteers. Our residents really look forward to this annual event where they get to see from previous years, race friends, have fun, and get cheered as they cross the finish line. Thank you to all the event sponsors of this great event: Church of the Messiah UMC, Run For God, Thrivent Financial, 104.9 The River, Columbus Running Company, Grange Insurance, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Associated Pediatrics, Revive Chiropractic, and Miller Landscaping. We appreciate your support!
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