CVL is proud to once again be participating in the life of the Greater Lafayette Community as a sponsor of the Lafayette Aviators Baseball Team. At CVL, we believe respecting the dignity of each individual and facilitating access and opportunity for everyone makes the community better for all of us. In other words, we believe the community is stronger when everyone is involved.
Community Ventures in Living: promoting dignity, opportunity, and community for all. Because when everyone participates, everybody wins.
The Top Navigator Award recognizes individuals who promote and facilitate this kind of community involvement and integration. Why is it important to recognize these folks? Because what they do takes vision, effort, and courage. It can be easy for any of us to ignore or avoid others who at first appear different from us. But once you get to know someone, you realize you have much more in common with them than you might have thought initially. And when everyone is welcomed into the life of the community, and everyone contributes to that community, the community is stronger, more vibrant, and more able to provide everyone with the good things in life that we all want. In short, everybody wins!
Here’s an example: we serve an individual in his late 20’s. He was living a pretty good life with his parents in their home. However, his dream was to have a place of his own. His grandmother bought into his dream and began helping him raise the funds that would be necessary to make it a reality. His parents continued to coordinate with staff to help him develop the skills necessary to live more independently. CVL joined in the vision of home ownership for individuals with disabilities and created a path where he could develop a credit history to one day qualify for a mortgage and realize his dream. Everyone involved in this example helped to play a role in expanding opportunities for this individual to be a part of the community in new ways. Any one of them would be a worthy recipient of the Top Navigator Award. The individual could also be recognized for his courage in breaking out of traditional limitations and serving as a role model for what can be possible.
We invite you to think about people you know who affirm the dignity of others and work to create more and better opportunities for them to access and engage in the life of the community. And think about those who take advantage of these opportunities to blaze new trails of equality and inclusion. Together, let’s recognize and celebrate those who work to make sure that in our community everybody wins. Please take time to fill out the nomination form and recognize someone who make our community a better place to live for us all.
We are excited to be preparing for the 2021 launch of the SRV training video series entitled, “Foundation for a Valued Life.” Although we started to roll these out in 2020, COVID-19 had other plans. That’s ok. It gave us a chance to complete the entire 12-video package, so now we are ready to go.
Each month we will be highlighting a different video and focusing on the themes it contains. The goal is to translate those themes into real changes in the way we do things. While each of us will view the videos on our own, we have plans and tools for facilitating practical discussions among teams to make the material relevant for what you do every day in your work.
There will be opportunities for you to share your successes in integrating the concepts and skills you learn through the video series. These will be recognized and rewarded with monthly individual prizes and at the end of the year the region with the most contributions will win a catered meal! Imagine that, we’re going to be learning and having fun all at the same time.
So, to get ready for the new year and the first training video we are asking you to watch the introductory video before the end of this month. You will find it in Inspiravance where you completed all of your mandatory trainings, and it is called “Foundation for a Valued Life: Introduction and Welcome.” It is quite short, but it will give you an overview of all that is to come.
We invite you to join us in this ongoing conversation about the ideas and perspectives that give meaning to our work and show us the way to having the greatest positive impact in the lives of those we support. Come on!
Community Ventures is required to submit information regarding positive cases of COVID. This form allows the reporting of any individual served or direct support staff who has been diagnosed with COVID.
Community Ventures in Living is here to serve and we would like to speak with you about your family support needs. Please feel free to contact us: