News and Events
CSSI News Corner
Celebrating Anniversaries and Longevity with our CSSI Family!
We are proud to announce many years spent together fulfilling the mission of CSSI....
Janice Cooper...5 years
Jamie Payne...1 year
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SERVICE!
CSSI would like to welcome the following Internal Office Staff, Mentoring Coordinators, Family Care Givers and Host Home Providers to our Agency!
Hana Gelaw- Respite Host Home Provider
READ ABOUT SOME OF OUR PAST FUN EVENTS!
December 2021 Holiday Party
While we really miss our in-person huge holiday parties with music, food and dancing, we did bring together lots of people this year to celebrate the holidays with the UGLIEST SWEATER CONTEST and the BEST DECORATED ROOM/HOME CONTEST. Fun was had by all on our ZOOM HOLIDAY EVENT as we saw lots of UGLY SWEATERS (some that even lit up!) and BEAUTIFUL holiday decorations. It was a joy to be together, with lots of visiting and laughter and sharing! There were prizes for the ugliest sweaters, best decorated rooms/homes and even door prizes! It was a great event!
NOVEMBER 2021 VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT DECORATING EVENT
November's Virtual ZOOMED event was a success! Over 30 people attended this event and fun was had by all. It was great seeing how each person used their unique decorating skills to really make their ornaments POP!! Some decorated with glitter and lights and the colors were AMAZING!!! Everyone enjoyed their popcorn and something refreshing to drink! Thank you everyone for showing up on ZOOM and making this event a FUN time!! We'll see you next month!
We were happy to host our outdoor
Oct. 28, 2021!
FIELD DAY JUNE 17, 2021
The spirit of competition was in the air for our annual CSSI Field Day! This was our second opportunity to come together in person to enjoy a beautiful day. We opened the event with the parachute ceremony. It was so heartwarming to see everyone encircled and working together, which was a reflection of unity and friendship.
The field day events included the bean bag throw, to see how far our champions could throw; next was the ladder toss; the obstacle course; and we ended with the beloved tug-of-war! Even though it was a competition, the atmosphere was filled with encouragement and comradery as everyone cheered each other on! It just felt good to be “Us”again! Everyone was a winner as we recognized that we all made it through a very difficult and challenging past year, and we are all still here to be with one another. We are excited to share in more wonderful events ahead!
The scavenger hunt at the park, held in May 2021, was CSSI's FIRST IN-PERSON EVENT since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It was truly inspiring to be able to see so many people again in person after over a year of being at home or through ZOOM. We are so grateful for so many getting the COVID-19 vaccine: we were able to hug, see each other's smiling faces and feel like things were getting back to "normal!" This was a new event for CSSI held in the park where teams were divided up and they scavenged for various items. When you found an item, it was yours to keep! Things to find ranged from hula hoops to card games to Frisbees to a special hidden treasure box with gift cards. To top things off, the park had a zip line for those brave enough to ride. This was a highlight to end the event! It was a beautiful day to come together, socialize and appreciate all that we have been through over the past year. We are looking forward to a summer filled with more in-person, outdoor events!
Videos of the zipline swing.
FALL HIKE, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021
As the weather was cooling and the leaves were turning, we ventured out to Bible Park to enjoy the new season. A rainstorm that afternoon almost wiped out our plans, but we decided that none of us was likely to melt under a few drops and moved forward anyway!
The evening was cool but dry, and the group that gathered enjoyed a lovely hike! Bible Park offers accessible trails through natural open-space type terrain as well as the well-maintained park areas and playing fields. The scenery was beautiful, the exercise invigorating, and the conversations uplifting for all.
MARCH 2022 ONLINE COOKING CLASS
Our Monthly Event for March at CSSI was an online cooking class! Participants tuned in on Zoom and together we all made loaded baked potatoes in our kitchens, YUM! We had a great turn-out of around 40 people who tuned in online. Everyone picked up their ingredient kit from CSSI beforehand, which also included an apron and recipe card. Our class instructors went through the process step-by-step and we all enjoyed dinner together. After making the loaded potatoes, everyone made an easy yogurt parfait with fruit for dessert. We all really enjoyed this new and fun event at CSSI and are looking forward to more great events in the future, especially as summer approaches!