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Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases, Children & Youth, Health, Job Training, Rehabilitative Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Redwood guides children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential throughout their lives, by providing enriching educational, therapeutic, and vocational services.  At Redwood, children and adults flourish, prosper, and are empowered to achieve the quality of life they deserve.

Results: Last year, Redwood empowered over 750 children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to flourish, prosper and achieve the quality of life they deserve

Target demographics: Children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 750+

Geographic areas served: Greater Cincinnati

Programs: Therapeutic Childcare School-Aged before, after, and out-of-school care Summer Computer Camp iRobot Assistive Technology Resource Center lending library Assistive technology evaluation and assessments Speech, physical, and occupational therapy Computer Learning Center Employment Services Work Activity Center Computer Life Skills Adult Day Healthcare Adult Life Skills Adults NOW (New Opportunities Waiting) Preschool Education Early Intervention

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21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

RdwdBrdGuy

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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redwood 10/27/2010

Thank you for sharing your personal story of what Redwood means to you and the community.

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redwood 10/27/2010

Thank you for sharing your personal story of what Redwood means to you and the community.

kygirl777

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a parent of a client served, as well as a professional with expertise in this field, I would not have my daughter attending any other agency. She is well cared for, happy, and is very a productive member of the community. The staff is well educated and their goal for each client is for the greatest growth of each.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter, Natasha, has been attending Redwood for over five years now. She dearly loves "going to work." Her days consist of working on the computer to sharpen her skills, which have progressed a great deal. She has made many friends and learned to interact with others, also well as gaining a great deal of independence. The staff at Redwood are remarkable, becoming family, not just workers. Natasha and I have only lived in the area for close to six years. Finding a day program was a major concern for me with our move. We toured several different facilities but knew we had found the perfect place with Redwood. If it were not for Redwood, I couldn't attend nursing school. Even on my days off, it allow me to have time to rest and recharge. Not only has Redwood been of benefit for Natasha but I've also made several wonderful friends. I am so thankful to each and everyone there. The dedication to their clients is remarkable.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Earlene. Natasha is a delight for Redwood and we're very fortunate to have you advocating for what we try to do for people like Natasha. Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Redwood's Strategic Planning Committee for four years and a member of its Board of Overseers for more than a year. Redwood staff and volunteers are among the most committed and passionate people I have ever worked with. They take their mission very seriously, pay attention to detail, and work tirelessly to discover and meet the needs of every client and family. They are good stewards of the resources provided to them by donors and funders. I feel privileged to be associated with Redwood.

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redwood 10/25/2010

Thank you, Paula, for taking the time to add your review!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my daughter was born with special needs everyone recommended Redwood. She attended the early childhood intervention programs and now as an adult attends the adult program. I don't know what we would do without them. As an adult it was hard to find a place for her to go every day and feel like she is contributing something. Redwood did not hesitate to take her and makes her feel included in anything she wants to do. Everyone there is so kind and respectful of her. None of her physical disabilities phase any of them. It is truly an amazing place!!!

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redwood 10/19/2010

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Client Served

Rating: 5

For years the Ft. Mitchell, KY, exit off of I75 was just something I drove past on my way to and from the airport. I kept my fingers crossed that nothing would cause me to have to take a Kentucky exit. After all, I was from Ohio and who knows what would happen if I took a Kentucky exit. Little did I know that the Ft. Mitchell exit would one day lead to a fantastic life for my daughter, Taylor. Little did I know that the Ft. Mitchell exit led to Redwood. It's hard to find quality day and after school care for any child. It's even harder finding it for a multi-handicapped child. We were lucky to find day and after school care in Ohio for Taylor for eleven years. But we ran out of luck the summer of 1996. Taylor needed more and more help with personal care and traditional summer camps would not accept her. My fingers were sore from dialing, my throat was sore from begging, and my heart wa sore from rejection. Then I called Redwood. And Redwood said, "Come on down!" The next two years sped along. We lived in Ohio where Taylor attended grade school and after school care. Taylor spent summers attending Redwood summer camp in Kentucky. Things were too good to continue. When Taylor reached middle school we discovered there was NO after school care for anyone. So, I crossed my fingers, I crossed my toes, I crossed my legs, I crossed my eyes, and I dialed Redwood to see if they had after school care. And, once again, Redwood said, "Come on down!" And we did. Only this time we moved to Kentucky. Yes, a family born and raised in Ohio actually pulled up roots and moved to Kentucky. Just so Taylor could attend Redwood. For eight years Taylor attended the School Age Program. In 2006 Taylor turned 21 and graduated to the Adult Independence Program which she continues to attend. Taylor has received so much from Redwood that I felt I needed to give back. So in 2005 I joined the Redwood Board as a Trustee and when I took early retirement from Procter & Gamble signed on as a volunteer. Now everyday Taylor and I take the Ft. Mitchell exit to Redwood. Redwood - a place where Taylor can blossom and thrive; where her special needs are seen, not as obstacles, but just part of every day living; where she can walk down the halls and say "hi" to everyone and have everyone say "hi" back; where she is encouraged to become the best that she, as an individual, can be; where her achievements are acknowledged and praised; where she is accepted; where she is loved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son, Ryan started at Redwood in 1987 when he was 5 weeks old in Early Intetevnention. Three years later Samuel started in EI. Samuel is now back in the Adult Services program and loves it. He is so happy to go there in the mornings to see all of his friends and staff. He tells everyone that he works at Redwood. He even wants to go there on my days off school. I am thankful we have such a wonderful place like Redwood so close to us. It serves the needs of so many different individuals.

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redwood 10/19/2010

Thank you for sharing your story.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister was born with CP in 1967. Back then, the doctors simply encouraged my parents to admit her to an institution and let her live her life there. This enraged Mom and Dad and they set out to find a place that would challenge my sister to the fullest extent of her abilities. For many years, they saw her through a series of special schools and special teachers. It wasn't until she turned 21 that they found Redwood. It was there that they discovered a place that allowed my sister not only to be challenged, but that allowed her to grow to the fullest extent of her abilities. My sister is healthy and happy and spends her day in a loving, caring, positive environment where she is looked after and guided to be the best that she can be. Mom and Dad always tell whoever will listen that they view Redwood as a God-send and that if it wasn't for that organization and the wonderful people who work there that they do not know what they would have done. A wonderful side-bar to this story is that Redwood also has a department devoted to childhood development. We were fortunate to have my niece and nephew be able to attend the daycare there. We are all very happy that Redwood is able to provide such a great place for so many members of our family to feel safe and loved.

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redwood 10/19/2010

Thank you for sharing your story.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Post Glover Resistors, Inc. has been in partnership with Redwood since January 2009. Redwood provides clerical support to us by assembling our product binders in the Work Activity Center. Our binders consist of approximately 40 separate pages, and tab inserts between sections. Redwood is responsible for assembling the pages and tabs in the correct order. The staff at Redwood has also been very accommodating in that they provide pick-up from and delivery back to our location. We are very satisfied with our partnership with Redwood and plan to continue said partnership well into the future.

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redwood 10/19/2010

Thank you for taking the time to provide this review. The partnership with Post Glover Resistors is a wonderful one that benefits those we serve on many levels. Thank you, thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Redwood has truly established an organization dedicated to children and adult with disabilities to assist them in living a quality-led life. They have been doing this since 1953 and have been a beaming light in northern Kentucky for those that need their services. I have seen this in my own life through my two daughters. Since March, my 2 year old twin daughters have been enrolled in Redwood and they have fostered their growth and development through speech therapy, occupational therapy, and developmental intervention. My one daughter has autism and I believe Redwood has been instrumental in her growth in communication and social skills. She has grown beyond what she could have without Redwood. Their therapists, teachers, and assistants are top-notch and some of the most caring people I have ever had the privilege knowing.

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redwood 10/19/2010

Thank you for sharing your story!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My younger brother has Down Syndrome and as a teenager my family was looking for summer camp/respite services for him. We heard of Redwood by word of mouth even though we lived over an hour away in Southeastern Indiana. My sister worked as a counselor at Redwood's camp, and drove Tony to and from the camp while she worked with a different group. Redwood's flexibility in meeting Tony's needs were unexpected and made it unique among organizations Tony's been involved with, past and present. My family's experience with Redwood set a new precedent for Tony and the services we pursue to meet his needs.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for sharing you and your family's story.

Donor

Rating: 5

My association with Redwood started decades ago when my brother was enrolled in the first group of clients that the then fledging organization cared for. Redwood has always been a special place and held dear by all my family. Years after my brother began attending Redwood, my son was born with special needs. Redwood has been a godsend with programs that have addressed his needs through the years. They supplied infant stimulation programs and preshool programs when he was younger. There was summer camp for when he was school age in addition to a variety of afterschool services. Now as an adult, they continue their service to him, allowing him to function to the best of his ability. They are dedicated to taking care of the whole person regardless of age. I am not aware of too many programs where this is true. Our community has been truly blessed to have Redwood make it their home. Praise can never be too high for this organization.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to share your personal story with others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful coordination of three organizations came together last winter to give help to those less fortunate. Our Lakeside Christian Church Singles Group came to Redwood Rehabilitation Cehter to volunteer time with winter prep of their landscaping. As we were talking about other volunteer activites of the Singles group, the Outreach Coordinator of Redwood lit up with interest at the request of our need for coats for our coat drive. Redwood DOUBLED our number of coats we gave away through an organization called Shoulder to Shoulder! Redwood students and staff were so woderful in collecting coats. What a way to show true community - help given, help received! -Maryah Miller

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you, Maryah! We've benefited a great deal from our partnership with Lakeside Christian Church. Your church has been a blessing to us and those we serve. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been attending Redwood since August 2008. Even before he attended Redwood their therapists were working with him through a State-funded early intervention program. My son is Autistic, ADHD, has both a primary expressive and receptive language delay, and also has a diagnosed sensory disorder. At Redwood my son has both a Speech therapist and an Occutional Therapist who have proven to me that they truly care about his success and have even gone above and beyond their call of duty by working with his Pre-K teacher at a public school. I believe that early intervention is key to ensuring that children like my son grow into functional adults and it is fantastic that not only are these resources available to us in our community but the integrity of their staff is incomparable to any other organization in the tri-state area.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're glad to hear how strongly you feel about our organization, work, employees, and mission. We are fortunate to have so many talented therapists helping us work with children and adults. Thank you again for taking the time to post a review.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you, Phil! We couldn't do it without the support of so many people in our community like you and your family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister is 32 years old and is mentally handicapped. Her IQ is equivalent to a 5 or 6 year old. If it wasn't for Redwood I am not sure what I would do. I have to maintain a job and I this would not be possible without Redwood. She gets such joy out of "Going to Work"' just like I do. THANKS REDWOOD!!!!!

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. Many people have shared stories similar to yours, where Redwood has made it possible for them to continue working and providing for their family while Redwood works with their son or daughter to help them achieve their full potential. We are fortunate to work with so many wonderful families!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have a developmentally delayed little girl, and child care for special needs children is very difficult to find in our area. Redwood took great care of my little girl while I worked this summer. Thank you, Redwood!

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We appreciate hearing from you, and are glad your daughter had a wonderful experience over the summer. We hope to see her again next year!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Redwood. We have been a part of them for 15years. My son has Autism. Fifteen years ago when we got the diagnosis there was not nearly the information available as there is now. We were walked through preschool programs,day programs,socialization programs,desentization,gross and fine motor therapies. You name it they could find a way to help.My son will be 18 soon and Redwood is still a huge part of our lives continuing to grow with us. Each summer my son attends their summer camps and computer camps.Redwood has always had skilled staff and volunbteers. They are always caring and creative My son is entering his next phase of life and Redwood is still the shining star it has been for the last 15 years. Redwood will help with Vocational training, mentoring, and ongoing summer computer opportunities. I cannot imagine our lives without Redwood. Our community is so blessed to have such a loving,caring,trained,educated and innovated group of people. Our son is very disabled, but I know he is better because of Redwood and their staff.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to let us know what you thought of our services and programs. We appreciate your feedback because it lets us know what we are doing right and helps us to become a better organization at serving people with disabilities.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I was Responsible for the management of the Business Computer Skills program of this non-profit rehabilitation center. I Supervised two classroom aid employees and instructed 25 adults with multiple disabilities, in use of Office software. We used a variety of adaptive technology tools to assist the students in the use of the computer. Redwood is an excellent organization which provides a variety of programs for adults and children with a variety of disabilities.

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redwood 10/05/2010

Thank you for taking the time to share the experiences you had while working here at Redwood.