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While the pandemic has been a scary time, we have learned so many things this year. Blessings are all around, you just have to look for them. The management team had a call this week and reflected on the positive things that have come from this challenging experience.
We want to share 10 things we have learned in 2020 and plan to continue for years to come!
None of this would be possible without the help of donors like YOU! Thank you for stepping up during a time when we needed it most. Our work is not done! Can you help us with a year-end gift?
While we hope that next year we will see an end to this pandemic, we still need your help. Please consider a gift to support a resilient team and most importantly, the people we serve who have adapted to challenging circumstances and continued to thrive.
Thank YOU for supporting those we serve through your gifts of time, money, prayers, and advice. We are blown away by the help we have seen throughout this challenging year. Happy New Year, and we hope your next year is happy and healthy!
Jacob Sims works at Glenwood as a registered behavior therapist (RBT). This position is more than a job to Jacob. It’s a chance to serve others with his talents, skills and training.
Jacob gets to serve others with a work family that is just that – family. When reflecting on his time here, Jacob says, “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with such amazing people. It’s not often that you get to work in a place where people feel more like friends and family as opposed to colleagues.
The work is not drudgery, because he’s doing something that makes a difference. He’s changing the lives of the children he works with. “Of course, we work hard to collect data and help these children move in a positive direction, but the common denominator here, unlike anything I have ever seen, is how much you all truly love these children. It is so encouraging,” says Jacob. “These kids will never be the same, not just because of the amazing treatment they get, but also because of the love that has been shown to them.”
As Thanksgiving rolls around, this is something to reflect on. How you spend your time matters. Where you give your money matters. There are many ways to serve and many ways to give. Whether it’s buying pecans for your Christmas gifts, making a donation, collecting Christmas presents for residents at Glenwood or something else, the things you do for Glenwood make a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.
This Thanksgiving, we are going to take a few minutes to reflect on how thankful we are for those we serve, our caring staff and our generous donors and volunteers. It all matters, and it all makes the world a better place.
How do you pronounce pecan…peekan or pacon? No matter how you say it, we can all agree that Pecans for Autism are delicious! The Glenwood online pecan shop is now open! Whether you need a sweet or salty treat, we have something for you! Treats start as low as $4. Chocolate covered, roasted & salted, pecan brittle, and even coffee can be yours with the click of a button.
Buying pecans is easy! We have an online store or you can order by calling (866) 729-2189. Our pecan shop on Glenwood’s main campus, 150 Glenwood Lane, will be open Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm and on Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm through January 5. You can also purchase pecans at IBERIABank branches, select Piggly Wiggly and Winn Dixie stores, SouthPoint Bank branches and Nails Convenience Store. Click here for a full list of locations.
Every purchase of our pecans and coffees raises funds essential for the operation of Glenwood’s services for individuals with autism and their families. For corporate and employee gifts, call Shanda Daniel at 205.795.3353. Get yours today!
We are excited to report back that we are one step closer to creating an Arts Center for Glenwood residents and students. Dr. Ann Phillips has joined the Glenwood team as the Arts Center Director. While the brick and mortar center is still in the works, Ann is bringing art on the road. She’s traveling among Glenwood’s main campus, the Avondale campus, and Glenwood community homes to help individuals we serve express themselves in an artistic way.
We have been lucky to have several groups collect art supplies and donations to help this project. Our thanks goes out to Bama Belle Pageants, Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Church of the Highlands, and our very own Junior Board!
For individuals with autism or behavioral health concerns, art can be an important means of expression. Emerging studies have shown that art can relieve stress and anxiety, develop motor skills, and encourage a sense of self. We are excited to give the individuals we serve a variety of artistic experiences including painting, drawing, music, and more.
Most items can be found at Amazon, Walmart, Michaels and more.
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Contact Dr. Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate pickup or delivery of your donation. If shopping online, you can ship them directly to us at Glenwood Development, 150 Glenwood Lane, Birmingham, AL 35242.
This month we took the time to show our appreciation of Glenwood’s hard working employees. Each year we celebrate work anniversaries and this year we had to get creative to do so in a socially distant way. We are honored by the longevity of many of our employees and couldn’t let COVID-19 stop us from celebrating them.
Our Glenwood family is strong, caring, and determined to make the world a better place and we are honored that each of them chose to do that here, with us.
Interested in joining our team? Visit our career page to find open positions!
“Safe and well” sounds so positive. “Isolation and physical distancing” sounds so cold. These phrases have become such a common part of our speech now. Glenwood’s staff has been working hard from day one to ensure that those in our care are healthy and happy. These uncertain times are particularly challenging for people living with autism and other mental and emotional health concerns. Their well-being is our number one priority.
Please read below for an update on how the individuals served by Glenwood and staff are doing during unsettling times.
Residential care: Glenwood serves 125 children and adults in 30 homes. They will remain in isolation at least through July. Managers and direct support professionals have been creative in minimizing potential exposure to the coronavirus and providing activities to make it easier to endure. Friends have provided extra supplies such as arts and crafts for use. Staff have provided ways for the outdoors and common areas to be used safely. Families have missed their home visits, yet understand and are thankful their loved ones have been kept safe.
Schools: Teachers and aides have worked with in-home staff to provide packets and use technology to continue learning in the homes. Allan Cott School for children with autism and Lakeview School for boys with severe emotional and behavioral disorders plan to open in August. It was fun to see the students call out to their teachers at our first COVID-19 Parade. Spectators from all 30 homes participated.
Outpatient Services: After a break, some services resumed via tele-health. They are now open for evaluations, diagnosis, therapy and counseling services. The Children’s Center has re-opened.
Adult Services: Our day programs for adults – most of whom live in homes we manage on campus or in the community – are not able to open yet, which means more staff and more creativity are needed in the homes. We have been able to allow some “fresh air” visits with precautions.
How Are We Doing? We’re proud of the way the direct support professionals have taken care of the individuals during these trying times. Everyone’s wellness has been a top priority, and the entire organization has worked together to do a great job in keeping everyone well.
Financial Impact: Expenses are up, and income is down. Time spent in the homes has increased which means increased staff time and additional supplies for physical AND mental health. The suspended programs and decrease in some services means a loss in revenue for us. The exact amount changes weekly, and it’s hard to predict where this will land because we’ve never been in a pandemic like COVID-19 before.
Future Events: Planning for events continues to present a challenge. The Ireland Legacy Golf Tournament was rescheduled from May to September 28. Teams are sold out, but hole sponsorships are still available. We’ve set the date for Big Top for February 19, 2021. We continue to monitor COVID and non-profit best practices as we decide how to proceed with in-person events, which are an important part of our fundraising efforts. We will look for creative ways to raise additional funds to support our mission.
Save the Date: One thing that we are certain about is our Pecan Sale! Mark your calendars for the end of October when the online pecan shop will open. They also make great corporate and personal gifts. Contact Shanda Daniel at 205-795-3353 to learn more.
Moving Forward! Glenwood is better and stronger, and we look forward to continuing to give loving and professional care to those with autism and other mental and emotional health concerns in our new normal. Thanks to a caring community, Glenwood continues to pivot to make the best of trying times.
We are taking small steps toward returning to normal operating procedures while providing as much safety and security for our staff and individuals served as possible.
Peter Curtin, who joined Glenwood’s Junior Board in 2005, has been named Chair of the Glenwood Board of Directors and Advisors. Curtin, vice president of CRC Group, has a long history with Glenwood, having served on the board since 2008.
Other officers appointed for fiscal year 2020-2021 are Edward Sledge of Bradley as Vice Chair; Jim Hill of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama as Secretary; and Andy Martin of Providence Benefits as Treasurer. Members at Large are Carter Burwell, JLL; Leigh Anne Hodge, Bradley; Mallie Ireland Dansby, Community Volunteer; and Ryan Thomas, Parent and community representative. Newly appointed board members include Tommy Brown, the incoming chair of Glenwood’s Junior Board, Krystal Drummond of Drummond Company; Steven Mote, former Junior Board President, and division manager of Imperial Dade; Will Pearson, representing the Autism Society of Alabama and iHeartMedia; Donna Renfroe, Community Volunteer and Parent; Davis Stewart III with Bradley.
Philip Young, the immediate past Chair of the Board, said, “A strong board is important in fulfilling the mission. This is an impressive group of leaders who will help us thrive in unprecedented times. Not only is the economy in flux, but the number of people needing services is at an all-time high with 1 in 54 children being diagnosed with autism and even more being diagnosed with other mental health concerns. Glenwood touched the lives of more than 18,000 families last year. Our professional managers and staff can help these families.”
“I’m so pleased to be able to work with this excellent board and leadership team. And it’s especially gratifying that we have a former Junior Board member leading our group,” said Ken Oliver, Glenwood President and Chief Executive Officer. “Peter brings a great business acumen and a huge heart for our community and our mission. And he will be surrounded by a talented and inspired group of leaders on our Executive Committee and Board. We can move into the future with great confidence as we continue the Glenwood legacy of excellent service and compassionate care for those families we serve.”
Click here to see the full board listing for 2020-21.