PPITT February 2017 meeting minutes

Many thanks to Kim Van Valkenburg, who immediately provided minutes following the 021617 PPITT meeting! Large print version attached.


2-16-17 Pikes Peak Interagency Transition Team Meeting Minutes
Submitted by: Kim Van Valkenburg, Transition Coordinator/Academy District 20


Presenter: Che Frey, Our House

Our House began 9 years ago. Our House provides community based programs at 2 sites (north/south). Staff ratios are 1:1, 1:2, 1:3. The south location supports
a garden. The north location has a sound system, which is used for announcements and a weekly talent show. The north location has a full-time staff RN. Our House assists parents with connections to TRE/DVR. Our House currently has a wait list of 25.


Other agencies with wait lists include: Special Kids Special Families (community access and specialized habilitation) and Connecting with Community/Club of Arts (Friday cooking class).


No wait lists: Stellar Care and Services


To provide an agency presentation during PPITT meetings: contact Carol Van Ness.


A Cognitive Connection: upcoming parenting class (Parenting the Love and Logic way) starting 3-30-17; 5:30-7:30pm at 2147 N. Academy Blvd. Cost: $30 per person or $50 per couple. Carol Van Ness reported that the classes are a hit with DHS families.

A Cognitive Connection also has a teen group called TEEN VIEW, which is a group for any teens regardless of  race, religion and ability level. All activities and materials are free for participants. Some activities include: cooking, crafts, hair and makeup, bowling, life skills, hiking, video games, mechanics, wood working, jewelry making, survival skills, applying for a job, interviewing, sports,
laser tag, music, art, photography and more.

An informational meeting with be held Feb 23 from 6-8pm at 2147 N. Academy Blvd. For more information: 719-233-1199.


Reigning Hope: a new Black Forest Christian organization, providing hippo therapy and occupational therapy (with horses). It will open in April. The purpose: building a stronger unit at home. Reigning Hope would like to become a place where day programs can come. Reigning Hope serves all ages.


DuMyon Martial Arts is hosting a potluck luncheon on March 19 from 1-4pm at MCM Elegante Suites at 6450 N. Academy Blvd. Use the back entrance (north end of hotel behind the gazebo). A $5 family donation and a dish to share are requested. In addition, DuMyon Martial Arts recently provided self-defense classes for transition school district students. 50 students were served.
Jaime Harrell from the Independence Center informed the group that the National Independent Living Council is having a conference in Denver: April 18-20, with a focus on youth transition services.
Resource Fair- To date, 24 booths sold. $1115 made thus far; $3300 current balance. Agency descriptions to be approved at March meeting. Questions: contact Hannah at: hannah@thearcppr.org.

By April 6, the directory should be ready for printing.

It is $50 per booth. Vendors may sign up online (on the website). PPITT can accept checks. Information re: registering for the agency fair is not on daily updates. Does this need to be added?


Several participants indicated that they are not receiving daily notifications. Does email distribution list need to be viewed so those people can be added?

Update:  interested persons must sign up at ppitt.org/email-signup/ to receive daily notifications.


Theresa Felton recommended having workshops in the future at the fair next year, such as TRE, PPWFC and Independence Center. The group agreed. A suggestion was to have a mic, to announce the presentation start times during the fair.


Fair marketing update- Che made 200 flyers and passed them out (for distribution) during the meeting. Carol Van Ness sent info out to Cheyenne Village and Ariel. Carol has contacted radio stations and public service announcements about advertising. Carol met with FOX 21; they don’t provide free PSA’s or a community calendar anymore. Carol is also pursuing permission from PPLD to place flyers in libraries. Carol will create a Facebook event. In the past the ARC had a scroll on PBS; this is no longer available.

Pizza for the vendors will be ordered by Hannah (of The Arc).

A sign-up sheet for fair set up and tear down was passed around.


Next meeting is March 16 at 1:00pm, Citizens Service Center.

Presenters: Master Drive, PP Therapeutic Rec.

Facilitator: Che Frey, Note taker: Joni Edmisten

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