I love this study!

One of my favorite websites I look on almost every day is Money Saving Mom. She has several posts every day of deals or good buys and much more.

One of the things I look for are free e-books available for download. She posts these often, and sometimes they are only free for a short time so one must hurry to check!

In the beginning, I was downloading every book that sounded good, but now I have begun to be a little more choosy about what books I load onto my tablet. I have lots of books on there that I haven’t even looked at yet! There is one though that I am thankful I have been reading.

Last summer I loaded He Is My All: Living in the Truth of God’s Love for Me (Design4Living) by Debbie Alsdorf.

I got about halfway through it, loved it, but began some other books and it kind of got buried under my stack. (I am so bad to begin projects and not finish). Recently, I came across my journal where I had begun this study, I started flipping through the pages of what I had written last summer, and had to get into it again. I want to finish this project!

This has been an awesome women’s Bible study about God’s love for us and who we are – children of God! It has been a great way to start my mornings. I would highly recommend this for any woman. While it is no longer free, it would still be worth the purchase.

If I see any more books by this author, I will definitely be purchasing them.

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Give Thanks to the Lord

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
 Psalm 118:1 NIV

I am so thankful and humbled for the response to yesterday’s post. I want to thank each and every person who shared the link to get the word out about Ohio’s Developmental Centers. I want to thank each person who emailed congressmen and our governor to let them know we are not O.K. with the closing of Developmental Centers. I was so moved by the comments and touched by those who remembered John.

More than any of this, I want to thank my God, whose love endures forever. It will ultimately be through prayer to God that he will lead and guide any decision that is to be made about Developmental Centers and their future.

If you did not email any congressman or governor yesterday, or even if you did, I ask that you pray.

Pray for Ohio’s Developmental Centers to remain an option for families who have a member with special needs.

Pray for the staff who work in these Developmental Centers.

Pray for the clients, that their best interest is always taken into consideration.

Pray that our congressmen and our governor will always seek God’s will before making any decision, especially decisions concerning developmental centers.

Pray for my family as we move ahead that we will always stay in God’s will as we continue our push to keep John in his home.

Pray for John. Pray that he knows he is loved and cared for. Pray for his health and his home.

John Easter 1979

I will continue to keep everyone updated as to what is going on. In the mean time, thank you for your continued support and your prayers.

Please, Help My Brother Stay in His Home!

Today, I have a huge favor to ask anyone and everyone willing to respond.

I would like to introduce you to a member of my family.

John at 2 yrs

This is my brother, John. He was born in November of 1961. You see, my brother, John, has a form of autism. During the  1960s – 1970s not much was known about autism. Due to John’s erratic behaviors and side effects from the trial and error of many different types of medicines, Mom an Dad could not care for my brother at home. He needed to be cared for professionally. This was a very difficult decision for my parents and after much thought, prayer and consultation, in 1974, John was placed in GDC (Gallipolis Developmental Center). This was close to where we lived and my parents and I could visit him often and keep a close eye on his care.

John 1972

According to an annual report from the state of Ohio GDC was one of the largest facilities of its kind and served 2358 residents. Now, the census is down to around 99. After more residents are relocated to group homes, the census will soon be down to 59. (according to a phone call from one of GDCs administrators). This is a huge drop!

John bday

So, why do you think there was this huge drop in census? Well, that is our fear. Yes, Developmental Centers do cost our state money. Yes, our state is always trying to cut the budget. Yes, my mother and I have received phone calls from GDC administrators wanting to suggest that we allow John to be placed in a privately owned group home. (John was placed in a group home at one other time and it was not the most appropriate setting for him).

Yes, we fear of an upcoming closure of GDC!

John 1977

There are several reasons why we have this fear.

  1. The huge yet gradual drop in census.
  2. A huge drop in the workers. In October of 2013, 80 positions were cut from GDC.
  3. There is already a slated closure within the next two years for two other Developmental Centers (Montgomery and Youngstown). See article.
  4. The need for this legislation, S.B. 64 which states that no more developmental centers can be closed without members of the General Assembly reviewing and creating a Commission.
  5. Lack of communication from GDCs new administration to guardians. Administration used to keep in contact with parents and guardians of any new legislation or orders from the court or any changes. The only contact we have had lately is about these new group homes.

 

As John’s adult guardians, my mother and I received notices recently in the mail that the Supreme Court of Ohio recently passed a law that we now need to attend classes every year in order to keep our guardianship. If we don’t take the classes, we may lose our guardianship! That would mean John would become a ward of the state and we wouldn’t have any say in his placement. Is this to make it difficult on current guardians to keep their family members in developmental centers? I don’t know. I just know that so far we have had a lot of difficulty just getting registered for the only class that is located in our area and is coming up in the next two weeks! Not much notice!

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I ask you this:

Please. If you live in one of these counties in Ohio (Fayette, Pickaway, Ross, Pike, Vinton, Jackson, Athens, Meigs or Gallia) that are serviced by GDC contact your state senator or representative. Also, contact our governor. Let them know the importance of keeping our state’s developmental centers open. Group homes do not work for all residents. There needs to be the option of a Developmental Center.

If you live in any other county in Ohio, this affects you as well. All Developmental Centers in Ohio stand the chance of closure if Ohio citizens don’t stand and act!

If you do not live in Ohio, do you know the status of developmental centers in your state? Are people, like my brother, who are developmentally handicapped being offered options as to the most appropriate environment for their care?

We need to take a stand for those who cannot stand up for themselves! GDC is home to John and the other residents there.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
 Matthew 25:40 NIV