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October 29, 2011

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October 26, 2010

If agencies like Redwood did not "do whatever it takes" to help the disabled and their families, no one else would be there for them. The world would be a poorer place. Redwood has programs for babi... more

October 29, 2011

Redwood serves individuals with severe and multiple disabilities. As a board member I am constantly impressed with the way that the staff takes on big challenges and completes them successfully.

For example, in the past year Redwood has been accredited by CARF, a major undertaking that
required the writing or re-writing of policy on every aspect of the agency from building maintenance to disaster recovery. This was done in 11 months in addition to all the normal day-to-day work.

In the very near future Redwood will begin to offer services under Medicaid's Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care program. This required obtaining a Certificate Of Need, developing new procedures, billing systems, and renovation to comply with hospital-like regulations for the treatment space. In addition, Electronic Medical Record-keeping will be introduced as a pilot program for moving all agency record-keeping (which is substantial) to electronic filing.

Every year Redwood improves its ability to deliver top-notch services in an efficient and effective way. I am proud to be a part of this great organization.

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The great results that Redwood achieves is the result of strategic planning that is relaunched every 3-4 years. The power of this planning activity is that the results are woven into every Redwood meeting and report. Having our goals in front of us every day virtually assures that they will be achieved.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Every agency has budget limitations, and Redwood is no different. Redwood needs an endowment that will support an even more dynamic future.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Open the PPEC program successfully.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expand its impact beyond the local region.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 26, 2010

If agencies like Redwood did not "do whatever it takes" to help the disabled and their families, no one else would be there for them. The world would be a poorer place. Redwood has programs for babies, for children and for adults. We literally have clients who have been receiving help from Redwood for over 40 years. Through the many programs each of our clients has the opportunity to maximize their potential, and to socialize rather than be confined. Redwood provides another benefit that is an unintended consequence of their programs. While our clients are blossoming, their families are able to work or care for other children knowing that Redwood is caring for their disabled family member. This might be the only way that normalcy can come to a family struggling with a disability. It is especially gratifying to see that Redwood not only provides these beneficial services for the community, but also does it in an absolutely top notch manner.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as member of the Board of Trustees for over 25 years.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them find the funds to continue the good work and to grow the numbers of people they can help. In particular there are always facility improvements that are necessary, but distract from our mission. Currently there is a need to replace the original roof on the 1977 addition that has been cared for long beyond its normal life expectancy.

October 28, 2010

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October 28, 2010

In 1983 my husband and I walked into Redwood carrying our 2 year old son Bowen not knowing what to expect. Bowen had a traumatic birth resulting in severe cerebral palsy and all that comes with it. Seizures, vision impairment, non verbal, total reliance on caretakers for all personal needs, the list goes on and on. Little did we know we had started the process of adopting Redwood into our family and Redwood has started adopting us into their family. We commuted between Cincinnati and Kentucky for 5 years because there were no programs in Cincinnati with the services Redwood provided. When Bowen was 7 we made the big move across the Ohio River and haven't looked back. Bo is now 29 and is a daily participant in Redwood's Adult Services program. Redwood has enabled Bowen to be the wonderful young man he is, always viewing him as an individual, treating him with respect, dignity and love. In 1990 I was asked to head up the Parent Group and serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 1992 I was selected as the Board President and continue to serve on the Board of Trustees, Governance Council and Program Council. The last 18 years have been years of change on every level for Redwood. The ability of the agency to remain fluid and accepting of change has allowed services to flow to those most in need and the most difficult to serve. In closing, I can't imagine where my family would be without Redwood.

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I just have to look at my son Bowen . Bowen is a shining example of Redwood's mission and accomplishments. I'm very proud of him and know he wouldn't be the person he is without Redwood.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Devote staff and board resources to encourage families to be involved with Redwood by developing a marketing plan targeting families and caretakers.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Currently Redwood is working to establish a Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Program. (PPEC) PPEC will further Redwood's mission allowing it to reach the most medically fragile children, providing them with stimulating, quality, therapeutic programming and allow families to be productive members of the community. This comes at a high cost. Start up costs needed for remodeling and purchasing materials to establish the program is approxmately $84,500.00

What is its top priority in the long run?

To establish ongoing, secure funding to further Redwood's mission.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 5, 2010

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October 5, 2010

Redwood services children and adults with disabilites. In my many years of volunteer work for Redwood, I have seen first-hand how Redwood's work makes a real and signiicant difference in the lives ofthe children an adults who rely upon Redwood.

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seeing first-hand how the services Redwood prvides helps our clients experience life to their fullest potetal.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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