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By Sunrise Group on April 12, 2016

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week! President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors). Here at Sunrise, we are celebrating #NVW2016 by honoring our volunteers and the people who make our mission possible. Thank you for all that you do to strengthen our community — your work is truly extraordinary!

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 8, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida: Volunteers with Disabilities Are Giving Back

Including volunteers with disabilities in charity activities is good for everyone! Through their service, volunteers with physical and mental challenges often change the perspectives of the communities in which they work. A diverse volunteer pool provides benefits such as improved public image, increased access to talented groups, diminished volunteer turnover, and improved overall financial operation. In addition to this, organizations that engage volunteers with disabilities are often more representative of society. As a result, charities are able to attract a greater number of service users, and appear more welcoming to patients, customers, donors, the general public, and even other volunteers. It is literally a win-win for all involved.

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!!!

By Sunrise Group on April 1, 2016

April is National Autism Awareness Month!

April is National Autism Awareness Month! Having just past its 30th year, National Autism Awareness Month remains singular in its focus to promote awareness, acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for all individuals living with an autism diagnosis. Awareness is just the first step in the journey to improve the lives of those affected by autism. Awareness must lead to acceptance and acceptance must lead to action. True progress is achieved when individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are appreciated for their unique contributions to society.