Summer Newsletter 2021

Updates, Resources, and a Dance Party!

July 2021
 
A letter from Dawn Dixon
ConnectAbility, Executive Director
 
Summer is here and at ConnectAbility we are thrilled to welcome you back into our offices in early August! We will begin to have support groups, workshops, Club Connect and other activities in our space, with safety protocols in place. Be sure to check your inbox in August to stay up to date with our in-person events! 
 
We will also be hosting a Flash Back to the 80’s and 90’s Dance Party event at Morgan’s Wonderland for our ConnectAbility members and a guest. This event will be a celebration of our coming back together as a community of people who truly enjoy being together, learning, having fun, and supporting one another.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon. Until then, stay safe and connected!
 
Cheers!
 
Dawn Dixon

HERO SPOTLIGHT
Jose Ricardo Serrano

Rosa Serrano is above all, Jose Ricardo’s mother and his primary caregiver. She is also like his therapist because she does everything possible to teach him how to say, pronounce, and write words. She teaches him to distinguish objects and what they are used for.
 
“It has taken a lot of patience and time, but God has given me the patience and wisdom to help him. My wish and my dream is for him to be able to talk and walk again. I know he won’t be like he was before because I know his brain will still be affected in some way. He suffers from a lot of headaches.”
 
Rosa says her Care Coordinator, Vinerys Rodriguez, has been an angel to her and her son. Vinerys supports them by always caring and checking on Jose and his progress. She considers that a sort of medicine for her son.
“I don’t ever stop thanking God because my son continues to recover little by little. The doctors told me my son wasn’t going to be able to talk nor walk, but for God everything is possible.
 
Always trust in God and reach out for help at ConnectAbility. Speak with them. They have been a tremendous support. God has put them in our lives to offer their support to help us continue the fight to help our loved ones.”

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Always Best Care Senior Services

Always Best Care Senior Services has been helping thousands of families with non-medical in-home care and assisted living referral services since 1996. Owners Wendy & Patrick O’Kane, who are San Antonio residents, have been taking care of families in our community for over 4 years with warm, compassionate, and professional care when seniors and members of our community need it most.
 
“It is the biggest blessing to work with ConnectAbility, who go above and beyond in providing truly excellent assistance to the clients they come alongside, and together we have experienced wonderful outcomes for clients we have partnered with to serve. This foundation profoundly changes lives for the better and inspires us to bring excellence in all we do!”
 
Always Best Care is a bonded and insured company with thoroughly screened and trained caregivers. They are ready and willing to serve all your special care needs today. Their hearts are big; Texas-sized big, and they love to share that joy with all they serve.
Debbie Trone – CALM, CDP, ADC – Director of Business Development
 
Debbie’s passion for senior care, patient advocacy, and a specialty in dementia care, has grown Always Best Care to incorporate care to not only seniors, but also those needing assistance at various stages of life with physical and cognitive needs.
 
With a background of Directing Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities, she specializes in coordinating and establishing care for those residing at home and community settings, to ensure the highest level of care and exceptional standards of service when care is needed.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 8 roma tomatoes, diced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1. Rinse the chickpeas and kidney beans.

2. Finely chop the onion and parsley

3. Dice the cucumber and tomatoes.
 
4. Combine everything in a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice and olive oil.
 
5. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
 
The salad is best if you make it a few hours before serving. Just store it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Together we are creating a Virtual Cook Book that features easy and healthy recipes.
We would love to include yours! Send yours to contact@myconnectability.org!

EVENTS
Taylor'd For You Fashion Show

The annual Taylor’d For You Fashion Show celebrates a range of boutiques and designers while empowering people of all ages to embrace style trends tailored to their body types. This year, the show will be virtual. One of the designers presenting her collection is Kay Simpson, owner/designer of Fashion-ABILILTY. Her stylish clothing is individually adapted to the needs of women with mobility challenges.

Fashion-ABILITY models will include several people from the ConnectAbility community!

  • Shelia Brown, Support Group Coordinator/Peer Mentoring Coordinator
  • Mona Patel, Executive Director, San Antonio Amputee Foundation
  • Amber Gorman, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida support group

RESOURCES
Meditation

Meditation can help you find peace, strength, and resilience. There are many types – try and see what work best for you!