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By Niles Dookie on November 7, 2018

A Lifetime of Achievements

Congrats to Gloria Wetherington for dedicating her life to supporting people with disabilities

By Niles Dookie on October 4, 2018

Congrats Cassell!

Sunrise is proud of our “Circle of Champions” Award Recipient!

By Niles Dookie on October 1, 2018

The FARF Annual Meeting

The 42nd Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities has come and gone, and Sunrise did not leave empty-handed! Read more about Florida ARF as well as what we have planned for the rest of the week to honor several award recipients.

By Margaret Feldman on May 16, 2017

Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation supports Sunrise Community of Central Florida

Sunrise extends heartfelt thanks to the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation for their generous donation to Sunrise Community of Central Florida. Their financial contribution of $800.00 will support the ongoing work Sunrise accomplishes at the Adult Day Training Center in the Lakeland area. Specifically, the funding will allow Sunrise to purchase an additional HP ProOne all-in-one touch screen computer to be used by Sunrise clients in their computer lab. “I want to congratulate Sunrise Community of Central Florida for the tremendous work they have accomplished this year.. We hope this funding support will assist Sunrise Community of Central Florida in continuing your very worthwhile efforts on behalf of our Lakeland community." said Mark Wilson, 2016 Chairman of the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation.

By Sunrise Group on May 4, 2017

ANCOR Announces 2017 DSP State Winners

Since 2007, The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has recognized Direct Support Professionals who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. Nominees are judged on their success in helping people with disabilities build social networks, engage in substantive community participation and for advocating for the people they serve. This year, ANCOR received 245 nominations from 41 states and the District of Columbia. It's an honor to announce that two members of the Sunrise team were selected as 2017 ANCOR State Direct Support Professional Award Recipients. Congratulations to Alabama award winner Ms. Vernita Manning of Resources for Independence and Florida award winner Ms. Debbie Cowan of Sunrise Community of Central Florida.

By Sunrise Group on January 17, 2017

Sunrise Artists Honored By President Obama

Last week, an honor that was, literally, "years in the making" surprised a team of local artists. Members included Albert, Victor, Maximo, Danyell, Camille, Robert, Kyle, Pascale, Terese and Jose who receive services at the Doral Adult Day Program. Their collective art featured a unique rendition of the American Flag that took over five months to assemble. The 30" x 47" work of art was presented to President Obama in late 2016 by Florida Senator Dwight Bullard (D-39.) The artists are very proud of their creative work and equally as proud of the work that President Obama has done to protect and expand the rights of people with disabilities.

By Sunrise Group on December 9, 2016

Compliance Announces the Winners of the 2016 Rap Battle & Mannequin Challenge

​Sunrise’s Third Annual Compliance Rap Battle featured the latest trend, the Mannequin Challenge. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video sensation where people “freeze” like mannequins while a moving camera films them from various angles. Usually the video plays with the song "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd in the background. As with years past, competition from across the Sunrise system was fierce! And while Sunrise’s elusive Mar-yonce did not make an appearance at the Awards Ceremony. MC Extraordinaire, Gee Z closed out the event with a nail-biting Season 3 conclusion to “Entire,” the series. CONGRATS TO ALL SUNRISE TEAMS!!!

By Sunrise Group on December 2, 2016

Sunrise Appreciates Esserman International's Generosity On #GivingTuesday

After watching the progress of the #GivingTuesday movement since its inception in 2012, Sunrise decided to go “all out” in 2016 and we kicked off 15 local initiatives across five of our seven states. Projects ranged from an Early Literacy Library in the Greater Tampa Bay area to sensory integration rooms and assistive technology as well as funds for warm winter clothes for Eastern Tennessee. Unfortunately, fires in the Great Smoky Mountains interrupted three projects in Tennessee on Tuesday as we re-directed efforts to support victims of the natural disaster. That is when Esserman International in Miami swept in with an unexpected donation to Sunrise! Thanks to Esserman's generosity and an online campaign, Sunrise received funds to help with emergency funding. On behalf of all those we serve, our deepest appreciate to Esserman International.

By Sunrise Group on September 21, 2016

Dr. James Weeks Receives President’s Award from Florida ARF

Dr. James Weeks has served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as Corporate Treasurer/Secretary for the Sunrise group of companies since 1989. On Wednesday, September 21, the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF) recognized Dr. Weeks for his significant contributions to the field of developmental and acquired disabilities. Jim earned the President’s Award for going “above and beyond in providing outstanding leadership and service to Florida ARF and representing the interest of the individuals served.” Sunrise could not be more proud of Jim! CONGRATULATIONS, DR WEEKS!

By Sunrise Group on September 9, 2016

Kiwanis Honor Debbie Cowan, Lakeland’s aKtion Club Chair

Recently, the Landland aKtion Club honored Debbie for all of her hard work and hours of service. The “You Make A Difference” award recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and others that have helped improve the lives of those with disabilities. The award is given to an who demonstrates a commitment to the community; selflessness; the initiative and the ingenuity to forge forward and make things happen; and enthusiasm and exuberance that inspire others. Sunrise is very proud of Debbie and greatly appreciates her years of dedication to those we serve!

By Sunrise Group on July 21, 2016

RIVA Recognizes Length of Service Commitment

RIVA RECOGNITION: Wayne Johnson has been with Resources for Independence of Virginia (RIVA) for 20 years and has enjoyed every moment of it! From a volunteer to Director of Operations for eight Residential Programs, Mr. Johnson has done it all. The individuals we serve adore Wayne and enjoy every time he visits with them. We look forward to another 20 years from Wayne and we thank him for his service to RIVA. Wayne is living the RIVA mission – to support individuals with disabilities to live a valued life! We value Wayne Johnson!

By Sunrise Group on July 1, 2016

It’s Official… Sunrise Bids Aloha to Its President of 40 Years

It’s official … Les Leech has left the building! President & CEO, Les Leech bid farewell to colleagues, peers, staff, public officials, and many of those served by the agency at his retirement party held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Vista Lago Ballroom in Miami. It was a night filled with nostalgia, laughs (a few at the expense of the outgoing president himself) and awards for a lifetime of service. The night was a fitting closure to a remarkable career of 40 years of continuous service to Sunrise and the greater disabilities community.

By Sunrise Group on June 10, 2016

Sunrise Community of Central Florida Celebrates Employee Appreciation Week

Sunrise Community of Central Florida celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with an “All the Pieces Fit When We Work Together” theme. Executive Director, Ashley Green, recognized employees in various Central Florida location for excellence and dedicated service helping individuals with cognitive and physical challenges stay connected to their families and the local community. The week long celebration helped to raise awareness about the positive impact that publicly-funded long term supports and services for Florida’s families have … as well as the benefit of bringing greater diversity and enrichment to the area. Everyone was a winner!

By Sunrise Group on April 15, 2016

Representative Matt Hudson Serves As Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual “Celebrating The Stars”

One of Florida’s Legislative Champions for People with Disabilities and Keynote Speaker Representative Matt Hudson (R-80) addressed attendees at the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida – Naples’ 8th Annual “Celebrating the Stars” awards dinner. Hudson has demonstrated his hands-on engagement and personal commitment to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than a decade. He was first introduced to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida via his involvement with the Boundless playground in 2007. “Since his first involvement, Representative Hudson has been a champion for the rights of people with disabilities including protecting accessibility for public places like playgrounds as well as expanding services and addressing Florida’s Wait List for children with disabilities. We are honored to have him join as keynote speaker tonight,” said Rebecca McGuire, Chief Philanthropy Officer.

By Sunrise Group on April 11, 2016

Sunrise Announced As an Award Recipient of Publix’s Food for All Campaign

Sunrise is honored to have been among the 2015 recipients receiving awards from Publix “Food for All” campaign. The South Florida awards were held on Wednesday, April 6th. Sunrise President & CEO, Les Leech accepted $7,500 from Publix’s campaign. Leech said, “Many people do not consider the connection between disability and hunger. Unfortunately, disability is a direct contributor to poverty and hunger, People with intellectual and physical disabilities are marginalized, they are not considered economically active and this leads them very often into the hunger trap.” Sunrise is committed to helping people with physical and intellectual challenges lead valued lives in the community. Supports and training allow people to live their lives as independently as possible based upon their varying levels of ability. We are extremely grateful to Publix for their support of our mission and their continued commitment to people with disabilities!

By Sunrise Group on April 6, 2016

Resources for Independence’s Patricia Hinton is Named Alabama’s DSP of the Year

On April 4, 2016, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recognized Patricia Hinton of Resource for Independence of Alabama in Tuscaloosa as the 2016 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year for the state. Ms. Hinton has dedicated her life to the service of others. In addition to promoting personal choice and teaching consumers self-advocacy in their personal lives, Patricia serves as a role model and mentor for Resource for Independence's new hires and first-time direct care staff. She demonstrates the Code of Ethics of person centered supports. Patricia Hinton embodies the best attributes of what it means to be a direct support professional. Congratulations to Ms. Hinton on a job well done and well-deserved national recognition!

By Sunrise Group on April 4, 2016

ANCOR Names Eldred “David” Ahlakor as Virginia’s Direct Support Professional of the Year

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has named Eldred "David" Ahlakor of Resources for Independence of Virginia as the 2016 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year for the state. The annual award is given to DSPs who personify the values of ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage and ensure a well-trained and sustainable direct support workforce. Nominees are judges on the work they have done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people served. For these reasons, Mr. Ahlakor was named Virginia's DSP of the Year. Congratulations David!!!