As the end of the year comes around there are several new faces now walking the halls and standing in front of the classroom at Loveland Center. Jocelyn, a former caregiver and teacher, now teaches students at Loveland Center important life skills that they can utilize in their everyday life, such as washing dishes and sweeping. Additionally, she assists students in nutrition and healthy eating as well as math and reading. Jocelyn loves working at Loveland Center because she says, “the people I work with are great. I love the students. They are all so dynamic and have something special to offer.” Another new face at Loveland Center is Lisa. After moving here two years ago, she became involved with the Loveland follies as a volunteer and continues to do that. Along with volunteering with the follies, Lisa works at Loveland by filling in for classes and administration work—dealing with student files, paperwork and resolving any other problems that may arise. When asked what about working at Loveland Center Lisa enjoys, she simply states, “It’s just fun to be here.”
A Year of Growth
What started out as a trial has blossomed into something grand! Earlier in the year, Contracts Instructor Frank Mitton decided to introduce students to beading projects during slow contract sessions. Students truly enjoyed learning the process, and slowly graduated to more intricate styles of beading. They began to sell the student work at Loveland events, and the program has truly grown!
All of the students enjoy the challenges that are associated with constructing pieces of jewelry.
Julie and Jim are two of the top earners in the program. Their work is quickly sold because of the intricate workmanship and beautiful designs.
“Necklaces and bracelets are what I like to make the most. I like to work on the layout of the designs.” Julie said about her favorite part of making jewelry.
“I like to work on the hard ones,” Jim said “The harder ones that I make turn out better, and the better they are the more money it costs which reflects in what I receive.”
“I am amazed to see how much the students have progressed in a year,” said Frank, the creator and instructor of the beading program. “I am surprised how easily that the students picked up the sequence and symmetry. The skills that the students are learning can help them obtain employment within the community. Prioritizing tasks and taking complex instructions are just a few skills that students take away from beading class.” To commission a piece, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . To view samples already created, check out our Facebook page.
The staff and students of Loveland Center always say that Loveland is like one big family. So, then, what better place to spend Thanksgiving dinner than with your family?
Each year for the past five years, the staff puts on a Thanksgiving dinner for the students. For the Phase II students, the staff prepare a delicious home-cooked meal in the large kitchen, receiving assistance from some of the students during preparation. This meal provides Loveland Center students and staff to come together to enjoy and celebrate the holiday together. “For some, this will be the only Thanksgiving dinner that they have,” Karen Hodges, Phase II Instructor, said of the event. “Some of these students don’t have a family to celebrate with and after a certain time we are their family.”
One of the students who enjoys the Phase II meal is Janice. For the past four years, Janice has enjoyed coming together with students and beloved staff members and celebrating Thanksgiving with them. “I like the people the most,” Janice said when asked why she loves the Thanksgiving dinner. “And the gravy.”
On the main campus, students, staff, and the Lovelanders come together and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner
that is served by Loveland’s staff. “This is our way of expressing our gratitude to the Lovelanders and enjoy a delicious meal withs students”, said Daniela Poinsett, Program & Grant Specialist. The staff of Loveland Center is happy to be able to provide a meal such as this, summing up their feelings with the meal’s mantra, “One big family.” Check out our Facebook album of the Thanksgiving festivities on the Loveland campus.