We Love Softball, Yes, We Do!

By Jake Makowski As winter turns to spring each year and the snow begins to vanish the quick small-talk questions that come my way as I walk the halls at Foothills turn to a familiar subject, often the same question: “When’s softball starting?!”  Each year the FGI Wellness Committee organizes a…

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Jun 21
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Staff In-Service Recap

On Monday, June 11, Foothills Gateway welcomed John Raffaele, the Director of Education Services with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), as our keynote speaker during Staff In-Service. We spent the day learning about and applying Direct Support Professional (DSP) Competency Areas alongside the NADSP Code of Ethics.…

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Jun 19
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Inaugural Colorado Youth Leadership Forum for Teens and Young Adults who have Disabilities

This July, the Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (CSILC) and the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council are coming together for the Inaugural Colorado Youth Leadership Forum at Colorado State University. Click to view en Español This is an innovative, 5-day on campus conference for Colorado high school…

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May 23
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Special Thanks to CSU Social Work Students

Foothills Gateway has worked with Colorado State University’s Social Work 286 class for years, matching second-year Social Work students with individuals we serve to spend quality time together. This is the students’ first experience building relationships with individuals while setting professional boundaries and practicing social work skills, like advocacy and…

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May 16
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10th Annual Flying Pig 5K - a Success!

In the early morning hours of April 8th, hundreds of people from all over northern Colorado rolled out of bed and headed to Spring Canyon Park for the 10th annual Flying Pig 5k. As runners waited in line to pick up their race packets, they were greeted by friendly volunteers,…

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May 09
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Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. Today, people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and to create a unified global voice advocating for the rights, inclusion, and wellbeing of people with Down syndrome.…

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Mar 21
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Spring 2018 Events

The Arc’s Guardianship and Less Restrictive Options Workshop  A Presentation on the Options Available, What They Mean to You and Your Family, and How to Begin the Process. If you and your family are considering guardianship, we highly recommend you attend this workshop. Once you have attended, you can sign up for…

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Mar 21
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Prevocational Transition Program at Foothills Gateway

In 2013, the Foothills Gateway Supported Employment program realized there was gap in the services it provided. There were the in-house prevocational work spaces, and job coaches working with individuals out in the community, but nothing in between. That’s where the idea for the Prevocational Career Consultant position sparked. There…

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Mar 12
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I/DD Day at the Colorado Capitol

Jean Marie leads the Pledge of Allegiance in the Colorado State House of Representatives On Wednesday, February 28, the Foothills Gateway Community Relations Team along with Jean Marie, our DSP of the Year Nominees, and their guests made their way to the Colorado Capitol for Intellectual…

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Mar 05
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A Nita Crisp Retirement

As 2017 was coming to a close, one individual was wrapping up his 10-years working at Nita Crisp Crackers. Craig J. made his retirement official with a celebration on December 20. Foothills Gateway Supported Employment has partnered with Nita Crisp Crackers, a local company that bakes artisan crackers for both…

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Feb 02
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ClimateWise Report 2017

We did it again!  During 2017, Foothills Gateway continued to engage in ClimateWise recycling and energy-saving efforts and we have achieved Platinum Partner level! The Platinum Partner level is the highest level for the program. Recycling: During 2017, Foothills Gateway recycled 4.5 tons of metal. By December 2017, Foothills Gateway had…

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Jan 09
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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities keep Individuals of All Abilities Busy!

Fall is here and many of the individuals we serve are enjoying the season with Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO). The ARO program offers healthy and fun experiences through three basic service areas: inclusion, transition, and specialized programs. In the last INK issue, we highlighted one particular ARO program – the…

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Nov 20
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Music Therapy at Foothills Gateway Helps Build Autonomy

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” – Victor Hugo Walking around the building on a Tuesday morning at Foothills Gateway, you’re bound to hear guitars, maracas, drums, singing, and other whimsical sounds coming from a conference room. For several years now,…

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Nov 17
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Day Programs Harvest Their Hard Work

Located in central Fort Collins lies The Gardens on Spring Creek. The local botanical garden hosts thousands of visitors each year and puts on dozens of special events year round. In addition, The Gardens on Spring Creek also features a community garden. Each spring, community members apply for a plot…

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Nov 16
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Community Updates, Fall 2017

State Senator Kefalas visits Foothills On Thursday, Sept. 28th, State Senator John Kefalas stopped by to learn more about Foothills Gateway. His tour was led by Stacy Hill, Jan Irvin and Nathan Scott. The Senator had great questions, feedback and interest in the work and history of Foothills Gateway. The…

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Nov 15
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DSP Week 2017

Why we appreciate our Direct Support Professionals Every year, we take a week in September to recognize and appreciate Direct Support Professionals, or “DSPs”, across the country for the hard work they do. Just this morning, the United States Senate recognized DSP Week, and Governor Hickenlooper has been a long-time…

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Sep 15
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Conflict Free Case Management Update

As defined in the bill, “Conflict Free Case Management” refers to case management services provided by a case management agency that is a different agency from the one that provides Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) to the person. On Monday, June 5th, the Governor signed this bill into law.…

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Aug 08
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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities: The Beloved Senior Center Dances

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined.” – Lord Byron If you were to go to the Fort Collins Senior Center on the last Friday night of the month you just might experience one of the most fun and entertaining nights of your life. You’d see a dance floor…

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Aug 03
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Person Centered Practice in Action

By Jesse Albertson I’d like to introduce everyone to Dolan. A man who embraces every challenge in life with a positive outlook and attitude. Dolan just turned 46. His ideal day includes sleeping in for a bit, waking up to good coffee, relaxing in his own condo, and watching Rachel…

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Aug 01
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So what is Supported Employment anyway?

As the alarm goes off in the morning, most of us give it a sideways glance and debate hitting “snooze” one more time before we trudge out of bed and get ourselves going for the work day ahead. This may just be the biggest hurdle we have to get over…

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May 12
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Foothills Gateway Social Groups

At Foothills Gateway, the halls and conference rooms are always busy with the hustle and bustle of people coming and going. Do you sometimes wonder what goes on around here besides what you do? The Men and Women Social Groups are one little-known activity. As case managers work with individuals,…

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May 01
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Staff In-Service Day Changed!

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE Please note that the date of the Staff In Service Day has changed from June 23, 2017 to June 16, 2017. Foothills Gateway services will be closed on Friday, June 16, as we will be keeping our staff busy!   Please reach out to info@foothillsgateway.org if you have…

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Apr 21
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Foothills Gateway Annual Meeting

Each year, Foothills Gateway dedicates the March Board of Directors meeting to looking back on the previous year. So, on March 6th, board members, employees and friends gathered together to celebrate and learn more about how things are going.   The highlight of this year’s Annual Meeting was a presentation about…

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Apr 18
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Meet the FGI Board: Punkie Whitely

Do you have a nickname that stuck permanently? Maybe?  Current 12-year Board Member, Punkie Whitely has. Punkie (given name Doris) got her nickname Punkie from her grandfather who started calling her “Punkins,” which turned into Punkie by the time she was three-weeks-old and it stuck. Even her college professors at…

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Apr 11
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Early Intervention Continues to Grow

Chaotic. Disorganized. Stressful. These are just a few of the words used to describe the lives of families with toddlers. Now imagine a toddler who needs Early Intervention. From navigating Medicaid waivers to understanding what therapies their child may need, being a new parent of a child with developmental delays…

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Apr 11
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Welcome to Our New Website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! Take a look around and let us know what Foothills Gateway can do for you. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

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Apr 06
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