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The Olean Center has been a partner in the business community since our early days as a sheltered workshop facility.  The shift or movement at Olean and the State of Rhode Island--and also throughout our Country--has moved away from a sheltered environment.  Back then, individuals with disabilities received specialized services at 93 Airport Road.  Those services centered on exercise, arts, education, and more.  Today, the reverse occurs where our individuals have more opportunities to learn outside of the Center and in community settings where integration is key and important for growth and development. 

Research has shown that people learn best when exposed to new and stimulating experiences.  Meeting new people encourages individuals to be more involved, and creates a desire to become more independent.  By taking advantage of our Community Resources, we are able to offer more opportunities for the individuals served that promote productivity and independence. We can also improve our community integration efforts that will reduce the stigma around individuals with disabilities. 

Independence can lead to less of a dependency on governmental supports; encourage voting, and being part of the wider conversation that was once never shared with those who were over protected and sheltered.  These are all basic tenants from which our Mission emanates.  Like any other system designed to make our lives more enriched, there are also many shades of independence, integration, and productivity.  Some cannot, or choose not, to be as actively engaged as others.  There are numerous factors involved.  Some have experienced these choices, but have chosen to take a step back. 

It is important, as a provider of both community and facility oriented services, that there exists a sufficient flexibility to support personal and informed choices. 

~Tony Vellucci - Executive Director
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Looking for an easy way to go green?  Pick up a few reusable Community Bags at any Big Y store.  With each purchase, you can reduce paper and plastic bag use, and you can use the attached Giving Tag to direct a $1 donation to the Frank Olean Center.  It's a WIN-WIN!
Meghan Fabianski is a blog writer for the Olean Center, where she creates blog posts that captures "Life At Olean."  Visit our website weekly to get the latest scoop on current happenings, events, success stories, and more. #lifeatolean
The Olean Center is looking for families to participate in their Shared Living Arrangements Program!  Shared Living Arrangements provide the opportunity for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to live with an eligible SLA family to enjoy the benefits of living in a family environment. 

The SLA family's role entails that of an advocate, friend, mentor, and a support provider.  They assist the individual with participation in community activities, learning new skills, developing friendships, and making choices that will lead to a satisfying, safe, and productive life for the supported individual.  The family is also responsible for the provision of transportation, meals, and other needs including assistance with laundry, shopping, paying bills and other day to day tasks.  In return the SLA provider will be compensated with a complete package dependent upon the Tier Classification of the supported individual. 

Compensation will be:
Tax free stipend which ranges from $17,520 to $32,850 annually. 
Tax free room and board of $488.67 per month totaling $5,864.04 annually.
Taxable respite allowance which ranges from $4,056 to $6,084. 

The respite allowance permits the SLA family to fund paid substitute care, and support by individuals that an SLA family chooses to use as a paid respite provider. 

If you are interested in becoming an SLA family, please contact Jenn O'Brien and Michelle Vacca at 315-0143.
Catherine Defeo was hired in December as a janitor at Seventh Day Baptist Church in Ashaway.  Her job duties include scrubbing bathrooms and removing trash. Catherine is excited for this opportunity, and enthusiastically looks forward to each work day to demonstrate accuracy and efficiency in completing her work tasks. Congratulations to Catherine!

For more information on Napatree Vocational Services, please contact Peter Boardman 401- 596-2091.
Catherine on the job!
Catherine hard at work!
Our Day Service Programs continue to provide community-based outings and opportunities to volunteer in our local community.  While their schedules have been filled with an array of these activities, they still managed to find time to spread holiday cheer to residents at the Clipper Home.  They were welcomed with warm greetings and smiles -- and left with great satisfaction and a deeper meaning of the spirit of giving.  Below is some of those moments captured on camera. 
Colleen (staff) and Jim with a resident.
Jim and Caroline getting ready for their surprise visit with a resident.
Jim spreading holiday cheer with a resident.  
The Mentor Holiday Event was held on Thursday, December 12th at Dime Bank in Westerly.  All members were excited to celebrate the holiday season and appreciated being together.  A light dinner and tasty holiday treats were offered, and later everyone participated in some Christmas party games.  It was a great evening filled with fun and festivities that truly captured the Holiday Spirit. 

Many thanks to Dime Bank for their event space.  It was perfect for our party.  Also, thanks to all our Mentors who consistently give their time to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities.

For more information on the Mentor Program, please contact Kim Mastrofino at 401-596-2091.
Mentor Teams strike a pose at the Holiday Event. 
Kathy, Lucille, Lisa, and Lori.
Emily and Lisa.                                       Michael and Richard. 
The Beat Team was busy during the month of December with their "Spirit of Giving Tour."  The purpose of this excursion was to promote the true spirit of the holiday season, and to spread joy and kindness to our community neighbors. The surprise of fresh fallen snow that day provided a winter wonderland feeling and merriment all around.  Dressed in classic Santa hats and carrying gift bags, they set out on a mission to spread cheer to nine community neighbors who greeted them with Warm Welcomes, Big Smiles, and Holiday Wishes.  It truly was an amazing heart-warming experience, which reminded them that this is what the true spirit of giving is all about. 

The Beat Team also had time to interview Robyn Loffler, Manager at North End Suds, where they learned more about this great laundromat facility.  Located on Pierce Street in Westerly, this laundromat is unique as it follows the latest payment trend as being a coinless store.  Laundry cycles are paid for with a swipe of a card, which creates a convenience to customers as well as providing a safer laundry experience.  Their store is staffed at all times, offering great customer service and personal assistance.  They provide quality equipment, wash and fold drop off services, dry cleaning, ironing, and an opportunity to purchase laundry supplies.  If you haven't done so, and have a need for laundry services, please check out North End Suds:

Well, that's it for now.  See you next time "On The Beat."
Robyn Loffler from North End Suds with Martin and Joe.
Tom Foley from The Bandroom with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Dr. Luke & Gianna from Live Proper Chiropractic
with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Jeremy Walsh from The Right Click with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Samantha Bazydlo from Dime Bank with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Toni Luzzi from Fresh Cup Cafe with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Mike Volpe from Westerly Fitness with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Cheryl Richard and the Pooch from Cheryl Richard Massage Therapy with Martin, Joe, and Kim.
Chris Dipaola from WBLQ with Rona and Dave Mann, Martin, Joe, and Kim.
The 2019 Holiday Party was held on Wednesday, December 18th at the Frank Olean Center.  Staff and participants enjoyed a great lunch, and also the fun and festivities of celebrating the holiday season together.  In addition, they had a surprise visit from Santa, who graced their presence in a jolly fashion and handed out goodies to all. 

Many thanks to John Nicolosi and the Nicolosi Fund for sponsoring this event--and also to Casa Della Luce for catering.  The food was delicious as always, and enjoyed by all.  
Santa just in from the North Pole!
Santa pictured with our participants!
Staff - Karen, Tammy, Ann, and Tabitha.
More candid moments!
Executive Director Tony Vellucci is on WBLQ, 1230 AM every Monday at 10am with his co-host Meghan Fabianski. "One On One With Olean” highlights the Frank Olean Center and Community Vocational Services. Guests include staff, board members, volunteers, participants, family members, employers and other special guests. 
Are you an artist?  A graphic designer?  Could you volunteer your talent and time?  We have projects from time to time where we could REALLY use your help.  Please let us know if you can help.  Thanks!!
Your gift is critically important to retaining the exemplary caliber of our staff; defraying program expenses, and, to be honest, helping us with our rent and utility expenses.  We appreciate all donations.  Thank you.
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Olean is HIRING! If you or someone you know would be a good fit, please contact us!
The Frank Olean Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.  
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January 2020 Monthly Newsletter

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