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.
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!
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS FROM LOCAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS SERVE HEINZERLING COMMUNITY!
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!”
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