Summer Fund-a-Need Supports CP All Year Long

Aug. 4, 2022 2:10 pm

It's been a busy summer at CP! So much has been happening - a thriving summer program in Adult Day Services and in childcare has meant we've had more folks in the building. It's been great to see bustling hallways!

We also opened our second CP Early Education & Carelocation in Suamico. We've been welcoming new families into the program all summer and our new playground is finally complete!

AND... we've been busy out in the community, partnering with the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary on the first ever Wildlife Explorer Day, we were the nonprofit of the night at a recent Green Bay Rockers game, and we just opened our very first art show at the Art Garage, which is on display through August 27.

CP is very fortunate to be able to see all of this wonderful growth and opportunity because we live in a generous and supportive community. Right now, CP is running our annual Summer Fund-a-Need campaign, which highlights different activities and equipment we use at CP each day to help all of our clients reach their goals for independence. We invite you to take a look at our Fund-a-Need list and consider supporting an area that speaks to you.

With your help, CP will be able to remain busy, well after the summer months, helping children and adults with disabilities make gains, crush goals and go way beyond what they thought possible.

Enjoy the last remaining weeks of the summer!  

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Universal Exercise Unit for Physical Therapy

June 13, 2022 1:20 pm

I first learned about the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) when I was in school completing clinical placements. When I started working in Therapy Services at CP nine years ago, I put it on a wish list and was very excited and surprised that we were able to get it funded through a grant in 2021.

 The Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) gives our physical and occupational therapists the ability to free up their hands so they are able to help facilitate a client's movement and work less intensively on keeping the client in position. We are able to give cueing to improve the activation of certain muscle groups or quality of movement that is being performed.

 The UEU can also be used in a gravitationally eliminated position for clients who are too weak and find that gravity limits their ability to move against it. In addition, it allows the therapist to work on standing for balance, squatting to pick up objects, or transitions from the floor to standing and sitting on objects.

It is so nice to have my hands free to be able to help guide a client in the motion I'm looking for.  I also like to use it for learning how to jump because we can use the bungees to assist clients who are not strong enough to clear their feet, or who have balance issues and are concerned about falling.

Jessica Merchak has been a physical therapist at CP for nine years and specializes in working with children. "I try to treat each patient as an individual in order to maximize their function and quality of life."

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It's Wildlife Explorer Day with CP and the Wildlife Sanctuary!

May 18, 2022 9:16 am

Now that the weather is warming up, it's time to get outside, and there's no better way to take in all that summer has to offer than a trip to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, June 18 for Wildlife Explorer Day.

CP and the Wildlife Sanctuary have partnered to bring some fun and exploring to this event. The adventure will begin in the Dick Resch Center. Follow the clues, provided by CP clients, and visit different animal stations. Then, head out into the Sanctuary for some wildlife demonstrations and walk the trail. Also included in the day are snacks, a photo area and music by the Good New Band.

And while the event is sure to be fun, there is a reason behind it. The goal for CP is to interact with community members who may not know what CP is or what we do, said Kristen Paquet, Director of Donor Engagement & Marketing for CP. "It provides an opportunity to educate the community about disabilities in a fun way. All a person needs to do is scan a QR code at each animal station and watch a quick video clue provided by a CP client."

This is also a great opportunity for two community minded organizations to come together. "It's such a fun opportunity to work with the Sanctuary," Paquet said. "In fact, everyone had so much fun when the Sanctuary was at CP with a few critters to film the video clues, that we are looking for ways the Sanctuary can visit clients on a regular basis."  

The Wildlife Explorer Day will run from 11am - 2pm. While the event is free, we are asking people to register to help us with planning. You can REGISTER NOW.

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Incorporating Speech Activities into the Home

May 2, 2022 10:26 am

Speech therapy can be a helpful tool for kiddos who have a developmental delay, a speech or language delay, weak oral muscles, or perhaps a cognitive condition. While speech therapy in a clinical setting can be very beneficial, working on skills learned in therapy sessions in the home environment can be impactful as well.

Rachel Heinrich, a speech-language pathologist at CP shared a few ideas to help incorporate speech into home activities:

One of the main goals in speech therapy is to help clients transition what they have learned in therapy sessions to their outside world. It can be challenging to find natural moments to incorporate your child's goals into their daily life. One area that is treated within speech therapy is articulation; the correct formation of specific speech sounds. When working on articulation, it can be easy to get stuck in the routine of word drill and flashcards, but you just need to think a bit outside the box - and we can help! Here are a few different activities that can help make their practice both functional and fun!

Add into turn-taking games: A fun way to increase practice of specific sounds is to pick a game that incorporates your child's target speech sounds. For example; when working on the sound /p/ you can play a Pop the Pirate game. Target "put in pirate" before taking each turn and "pop" when the pirate pops! Using a game with pieces can be helpful for making the game last longer and allows you to get more trials in with their sounds!

Incorporate movement: Sometimes sitting at a table to practice can feel more like work and it can be challenging to maintain your child's attention. Let them move! You can incorporate practice both inside and outside. For example; if your child is practicing the sound /l/ you can have them go on a leaf hunt around the yard outside. As they are picking their leaves they can put them into a pile and then throw them into the air practicing "throw leaves".

Use the whole house: Always see those endless picture cards targeting your child's target sounds during speech sessions? Ask your therapist for a copy! We can provide target words specific to your child that you can use for a 'hide-and-seek' game at home. For example; if your child is working on the sound /k/, you can hide pictures around the kitchen. When they find a word they can both practice the target word and tell you it was "in the kitchen". 

In addition to Rachel's great ideas, try incorporating target words into games your kids probably already play:

  • Hide-and-Seek: Hide word cards around the house. As your child finds each card, have them practice the word.
  • Hopscotch: Write one of your child's target words into a hopscotch grid outside. Have they say each word as they hop along the path.

Incorporating fun ways to practice skills learned during speech therapy will help your child find their stride and much success!








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Tips & Tricks for Your Picky Eater

Apr. 11, 2022 8:00 am


This post was originally posted in 2020 and is written by Jessica Getter, an occupational therapist at CP.  

As a parent of a child who is a picky eater, you may feel like you just can't win at mealtime. Here are some easy, straight forward tips to making it dinner, or any other meal, with your picky eater in a way that will make both of you feel successful.

 Tip #1: Stay Calm and Stay Positive

When picky eaters are pressured to eat food that they perceive as a challenge it triggers a stress response. This response causes the release of hormones that will reduce their appetite, thus having the opposite effect of what parents are trying to achieve. Remain calm and encourage family members to do the same. Focus on the small victories such as your child being able to come to the table or having a small portion on their plate. The positive energy that you emit will make your child feel less stressed about the meal situation.

Tip #2: Stick to normal meal and nap times

We know that kids do best when things are predictable and routine. Overtired kids who have been snacking all day will not make the best meal time companions and getting them to eat a good meal will be difficult. Sticking to a routine will help them remain calm so you can make good mealtime decisions together.

 Tip #3: Offer some familiar foods

Plan ahead. If you'll be eating dinner at someone else's home, bring something to serve that you know your child will eat, even if it's non-traditional. If you think your host will be offended, have a conversation ahead of time and remind them to stay calm and positive when you all arrive. If your child likes dipping their foods, bring the dip along and you might be surprised that your child may experiment with dipping other new foods, too!

 Tip #4: Keep serving sizes small

The goal when offering new foods is to underwhelm (not overwhelm!) your child. A heaping scoop of mashed potatoes may look like a mountain of a challenge to your child and they will quickly avoid and refuse to explore. Offer 1-2 teaspoons of new foods and this may trigger their curiosity.

 Tip #5: Encourage self-serving and family-style serving

If you serve family-style at the table, allow your child to serve themselves or others. This will allow for exposure to the sights, smells, and textures of various foods without the stress of having to eat it. (Remember, repeated exposure!) When given the control, they may surprise you as to what choices they make and the new foods that may make it on their plate.

Use the tips that work best for you and your picky eater to make holiday meals enjoyable and fun for the entire family!

 Looking for more tips? Check out this new article on CP's website!








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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

Mar. 28, 2022 9:36 am

CP serves people with a wide range of disabilities or conditions. Some disabilities occur at birth, while others may happen later in life or as a result from an injury, like a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.  

So, what is a TBI?

According to Mayo Clinic, traumatic brain injury usually results from a violent blow, jolt or penetrating injury to the head or body. Depending on the severity of the injury, brain calls can be affected temporarily or the injury can result in long-term complications or death.

Symptoms of a TBI

Traumatic brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects. Some signs or symptoms may appear immediately after the traumatic event, while others may appear days or weeks later. Symptoms can present as physical, sensory or cognitive and can range from moderate to severe. 

How CP can help

CP's Adult Day Services program has extensive experience working with clients who have a TBI, helping them stay engaged, active and as independent as possible. When a TBI clients first comes to CP, their needs are assessed, typically in the areas of exercise, communication and activity participation. Clients are then connected to classes that help build those skills.

Because being active is such an important part of brain health, a variety of exercise options is important for those with a TBI. At CP, clients can expect be active using 3 wheeled bikes, prone standers, gait trainers, a Nustep stationary bike, and more. Overhead lifts in each gym help accommodate all abilities.

Individual goals are established for each client and a consistent programming schedule is provided. Assessing goals and updating them as a client makes progress is all a part of the CP experience.

For more information about the services CP provides, please call us at (920) 337-1122 or visit  


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What a Telethon Weekend!

Mar. 16, 2022 2:16 pm


Another Telethon in the books and we have 1.4 million reasons to be thankful.

While the Telethon presented some challenges yet again this year due to Covid, our community didn't let something like a pandemic stop them from supporting CP. It was CP's 68th Telethon, my sixth, and I am amazed at how generations of people show up and give to CP. Every. Single. Year.

We welcomed back a few friends who weren't able to attend last year, and it was great to see smiling faces again. We laughed a lot behind the scenes and recalled memories that outlined what makes the Telethon so special and so memorable:

It's the person who has been sitting on a panel as at VIP for years and has single handedly raised more than $100,000 for CP.

It's all of the people who wait to call in until their friend is on a panel, or family member. The best are when grandparents call and make a separate donation in honor of each one of their grandchildren.

It's all of the kids from Southern Door who gave us their very best pirate performance this year and raised more than $48,000 (this just amazes me every year, by the way). 

It's about our staff who work behind the scenes to make Telethon happen, like our floor director (who leads the Adult Day Servicesdepartment during the day) who just wrapped up her 26th Telethon, working alongside someone who just wrapped up their first.

It's the client stories we are able to share that highlight all they have been able to accomplish because of your support.

It's the excitement of each and every check presentation after a three minute match that got the phones ringing. And it's the overflow phones located in the WBAY garage that ring like crazy - a sight not too many people get to see.

All in all, there are a lot of things that make the CP Telethon special, year after year. I'm very honored to be able to be a part of it and create wonderful memories from where I work. What about you? What is your favorite part of the CP Telethon?

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A Family Tradition Continues at Cassie's Coop

Feb. 14, 2022 8:00 am

For the past 38 years, the Blindmans Volleyball Tournament has been a fixture in the Denmark community. As a kid, Cassie Collins remembers helping to sell raffle tickets with Lloyd, a CP client. "I remember the smile on Lloyd's face every time someone said 'yes' to buying more tickets," Cassie recalls fondly. While her mom and aunts played volleyball in the tournament, she would be working alongside Lloyd.

In her teens, Cassie participated in the tournament with her league volleyball team. While they never took home a trophy, "We were terrible," she laughed, they came for fun and to support CP.

The Coop was a home away from home for Cassie. She was there so often playing volleyball that she took a job right away when she turned 18. "I was here so much anyway that Pete offered me the job."

From 2010 to 2020, Cassie held positions at 12 different bars in the area, sometimes having up to 3 different jobs at once. Once she took over as Manager at one of the bars, she says, "I realized how much I actually enjoyed running a business and the social aspects of a bar. I like making people forget about their worries, and have a good time."

When The Coop went up for sale, Cassie says, "It was really my dream opportunity. Growing up in this area, The Coop was like family with people I'd known my entire life."

It was an opportunity she couldn't pass up, so at 29 years-old, Cassie decided to buy the business. "It has been a learning curve, and I really learned as I went." She admits, "Sometimes I winged it!"

After a year of owning Cassie's Coop, she says "It has been one of the most exhilarating, exhausting and rewarding years of my life...and I wouldn't change a thing!"

"As a child I never expected to be in charge of the tournament, such a large and important community event. My goal is make it bigger and better each year for CP and for the community."

Now her mom takes off work and helps her to get set-up, supports the raffles and food. Her dad assists with the Booyah, and her brothers help, as well. It is a family tradition that continues for Cassie, who is now running the tournament that she has been part of her entire life.

 Don't miss this year's 38th Annual Blindmans Volleyball Tournament at Cassie's Coop in Denmark, Feb. 25-27. If you want to come out to play or watch, contact Cassie's Coop at 920-864-2239 or message them on Facebook. The event features a full weekend of volleyball games, raffle prizes, live music, food and drink specials and lots of fun.

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Bobby Fox is Marking Four Years of Ice Golfing for CP

Jan. 31, 2022 9:15 am

For the last three years, community members have been coming together to support Bobby Fox and his friends at CP at the "Swinging for CP" Annual Ice Golf Outing at Boom Bay Bar & Grill on Lake Poygan just outside of Appleton. Dan Domrzalski, owner of Boom Bay Bar & Grill, quickly got to know his new neighbors, Deb, Bobby and Bob Sr., when they came to the area. Tragedy had recently hit him and his family when he lost his son, and he got close to Bobby when he'd come in with his family. That's where the idea of a fundraiser to support Bobby and his friends at CP came to life. Of the event, Dan says, "You don't get the chance to make a difference all the time, and this is an easy one!"

At first, Dan admits they were "swinging from the hip" and making the most of what they had to make the event happen. "We had a fun time making the course, deciding on tennis balls vs. golf balls. It was organized choas!" he says. "The first year was so much fun and presenting the check [at the CP Telethon] was a great feeling." Dan says that being at the Telethon with WBAY's Bill Jartz and Frank Hermans [of Let Me Be Frank Productions] was energizing, and he wants to keep reliving the feeling that he gets when they get to make a difference for Bobby and CP.

Dan Domrzalski and Deb Fox, Bobby's mom, both agree that they want the event to get bigger and better each year. With $13,000 raised in 2021, their goal for 2022 is $20,000 to benefit CP. Deb says, "It is very heartwarming to see people in this community come out and support the event and the organization." For Bobby, the services CP provides are ones he can't get anywhere else, and CP means a lot to him and his family. Deb says that at CP, Bobby isn't the only person using a wheelchair, he sees other people like him, and he has friends. Bobby's favorite activity at CP is swimming. The Aquatic Center is known for having therapeutic warm-water pools. While he uses his wheelchair each day to move about, at CP's Aquatic Center, Bobby walks. "He does laps in the pool," Deb says. For Bobby, CP is a place where he reaches for new goals, socializes with friends, and most importantly, he feels like he belongs.

When you come to the 4thAnnual Swinging for CP Ice Golf Outing on Saturday, Feb. 19, you will have a day full of fun, food and giving back. All proceeds from the event come directly to CP.

Deb says that she will be there with friends and family starting at 7 a.m. to set-up, start unloading prizes, organizing raffles, and more. The event has tee times starting at 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. There's a huge outdoor heated tent where games take place and you can get chili, burgers, brats, and other food and drink specials. You'll see Bobby in the tent by the Plinko game! They've had sun every year and are hoping for good weather again.

To register and select a tee time, contact Boom Bay Bar & Grill at 920-836-2073. The fee is $25 per person and includes nine holes of ice golf in Boom Bay. Golfing will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19. Top scores will qualify for a random cash payout with major prize drawings at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature food and drink specials, live entertainment from Music by Mike, and raffles with winners announced throughout the day.

Visit Boom Bay's Facebook event page for more details and to get involved. Become a hole sponsor at just $50 each. 

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How Episodes of Care Can Help Your Child Make Progress

Jan. 24, 2022 10:30 am

When a child has a lifelong condition or disability, families tend to assume that means it comes with lifelong therapy, like occupational or physical therapy. It's easy to fall into the rhythm of weekly appointments, especially for complex medical cases when therapy is often not only seen as a tool to help the child improve, but as a source of connection for the family. 

However, endless therapy appointments is a lot of manage and can burn out the child and the family. In addition, there is a tendency to see a child's skill development taper off when there isn't a break from therapy, resulting in fewer gains from one appointment to the next.

One of CP's Occupational Therapists, Jessica Getter, explains what episodic care can look like and why it can be a positive experience for a family. The brief video can be viewed HERE.

Episodic care provides a way to concentrate on the most immediate need for the child and focus on finding the right tools to help. The family can then take a break from therapy and apply those tools at home to see how the child does and if anything new arises.

Keep in mind that just because you aren't coming to the clinic, doesn't mean work isn't happening. Working on home programming can be just as beneficial to a child because it allows them to apply the skills they have learned to their daily environment while progressing naturally.

After a certain period of time, families check back in with their child's therapist to see how things are going, if any new issues have come up and/or if the child should start working on the next focus area back in the clinic.

Interested in learning more about episodes of care? Contact our Therapy Services team today.

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What's New at CP in 2022? A Lot!

Jan. 10, 2022 10:00 am

Like most people, CP moved into 2022 with optimistic vibes. While times are certainly still challenging, there is a lot to look forward to this year. Here's a quick look at some of the exciting things coming up at CP:

Current Aquatic Lounge

CP continues to grow - this time in Therapy Services. We'll be starting a small construction project that will enclose our underutilized aquatic lounge and turn that space into a new, and much needed, therapy gym. Adding this space will do a lot to accommodate the growing number of clients we see in therapy services. Thanks to our friends at Keller for helping get this project underway!

Later this month, we'll be hosting Clash of the Keys in Appleton for the first time ever! This fun and engaging dueling piano event, featuring the NEW Piano Guys, is sure to shake off the cold of winter for anyone. We'll be hosting Clash of the Keys at the Outer Edge Stage on January 21, and we'd love to see you there. We are thrilled to be heading to Appleton and meet up with some new and old friends.

Telethon 2022 is just around the corner - and plans are well underway for this year's show on WBAY
March 5 & 6. We'll be celebrating a year of giving from our friends, community and partners, while keeping everyone safe with our COVID protocols. It's going to be an exciting weekend, so we hope you tune in. We're already accepting online donations and our VIPs are asking for support.

New in 2022 - we'll be sharing more great information about what happens at CP than ever before. We'll be sending more client stories, tips and tricks, information and education, recipes and art projects that our classes create, right to your inbox, just a few times a month. So, if you aren't on our email list, now is the time to sign up!

CP is also looking ahead to warmer months (especially this week!). We'll be sharing details about fun ways you can support CP this summer through several new partnerships that involve baseball, football, a furry critter or two, and art (we don't want to spoil the surprise, but details are coming soon).

There is so much going on at CP now, and in the coming months, and we hope you'll come along on the ride with us. Be sure to sign upto receive our emails so you won't miss a thing!


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Togetherness of the Season

Dec. 13, 2021 9:36 am

The message I've heard from lots of the people over the last week has been consistent: Why is December flying by so fast?

The month certainly snuck up on a lot of people, including me. And when you realize that the holiday season is shorter than usual given where Christmas lands, it's easy for sudden panic to set in. We need to start celebrating now!! Get the tree up! Cue the Christmas music! Place the Amazonorder! Those cookies won't make themselves! Right about now, the phrase 'hustle and bustle of the season' makes a lot of sense.

But what if you just paused for a moment to think about our own meaning of the holiday season? Place the wonder and magic of the season (which is great) aside and really think about what this time of year means to you?

To me, it's the idea of togetherness that I'm dialed into this Christmas. I think that for a lot of people, being together during the holidays is more important than ever, considering so many of us were apart from loved ones last year. Not only will I see my family, but I've made it a point to reach out to friends I haven't connected with in a while and made plans to catch up.    

I'm also recognizing the togetherness of our community. We already live in a very giving community, but this time of year really shines the spotlight on those who give to some amazing causes and nonprofit organizations that make Northeast Wisconsin a great place to call home.

I hope that CP is one of those places for you. Our work to help children and adults with disabilities reach their personal goals for independence is something that can be felt well beyond our four walls. CP clients are our friends, family and neighbors, and they have amazing stories to share. If you are inspired, consider a gift as well. It will certainly go a long way and make a big difference.

I hope you find what the holidays really mean to you, and grab it with both hands so you get everything out of it that you can. I also hope that your meaning, no matter what it is, lasts you all year long. Okay... back to the Christmas music.

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Giving Tuesday: Generosity is All Around

Nov. 28, 2021 9:00 am

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow. Created in 2012 as a global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to simply do good in their community and by each other. Over the years, this day of giving has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give and celebrate generosity.

Generosity is all around us and we see it every day at CP.

We see it in our staff who generously apply their skills to help clients find success.

We see it in our families who share advice and resources with each other.

We see it in clientswho give all they've got to meet their goals. 

And we certainly feel the generosity from our community, who give their time to volunteer, attend an event and support CP through a gift.

It is days like Giving Tuesday that remind me that CP is here and has been able to grow over our 68 year history because of the generosity our community shows us every day. Northeast Wisconsin is truly a one of a kind place.

So on November 30, in celebration of Giving Tuesday, take a moment to find ways you can give generously. What group or organization makes your community a better place? Support them with your time or with a donation. If CP is that place for you, consider a gift. Or sign up for our email list and you'll receive inspiring stories that will remind you of generosity, kindness and compassion all year long.

From all of us at CP, have a wonderful holiday season and happy Giving Tuesday!


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Much To Be Thankful For!

Nov. 17, 2021 2:13 pm

This is the time of year where many of us take a moment to reflect. To flip back through the memories of the last year (maybe even farther than that) and everything we've been able to do, and people we have had in our lives, and simply give thanks.

We have a lot to be thankful for at CP. While we've had to keep our COVID safety measures in place, we are thankful that we are still here and going strong in Green Bay, Fox Cities and on the Lakeshore.

We are thankful for our staff and clients. Things since COVID haven't been easy as we adapted to changes no one has ever had to go through before. But our team continues to take everything in stride while providing the best services to our clients so they continue meeting their goals. And while some days can be challenging, in the end, the smiles are always there.  

We are thankful to be out in the community again, spreading all the good things CP does. We've had four speaking presentations to area organizations and civic groups in the last month, and it feels amazing to talk with folks again after so much time off. It's great to be connecting in such a meaningful way.

And all of these good things we are thankful for have everything to do with you, our community. From individuals to corporate partners and everyone in between, this community has rallied around us from the day we re-opened after Safer at Home, and continues to amaze our clients and staff. We feel the love and support every day.

So from all of us at CP, we say thank you and we give you thanks. 


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A Lot Happens in November

Nov. 1, 2021 12:09 pm

Well, October is a wrap, and boy did that go fast. Even as I work on this post, it's hard to think that today is November 1. As the anchor on the morning news I watch said this morning: "Only two more months left of the year!"

We just wrapped up the CP Auction about two weeks ago, where our community helped us raised an astounding $88,000. Normally after an event there would be a lull - a bit of downtime between one thing ending and other starting. A time for us to catch our breath and reflect before moving ahead. It seems as if those opportunities aren't as consistent as they once were. Our days on the calendar just keep filling up.

At CP the start of November 2021 marks the beginning planning for Telethon 2022, taking place on WBAY on March 5&6. Finishing touches have been made to the end of year appeal, renovations are well underway at CP Early Education & Care's second location in Suamico and we are working on final details for our next Clash of the Keys event this January at the Outer Edge Stage in Appleton. So, while things are busy, there is a lot to look forward to.

Turns out there is quite a lot that has happened on November 1 over the years. I'll leave you with a few fun facts, but I also hope that your November goes nice and slow, with plenty of open times on your calendar to relax and recharge.

On November 1, according to

Today is Apple CEO, Tim Cook's birthday. He is 61.

William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" is first presented

Racehorse Seabiscuit beats 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral by 3 lengths in Pimlico track record time to win $15,000

Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan, world longest suspension bridge between anchorages opens.

Cool Hand Luke, starting Paul Newman, opens.

The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks 

Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey (#23)

Have any other fun nuggets to add to what happened on November 1? Please share! 

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More Than Just Salsa at CP

Oct. 11, 2021 8:50 am

There is a day in October that everyone at CP looks forward to. Salsa Day in the Adult Day Services program! That's right, homemade salsa, right in our own backyard. 

But planning for salsa day starts well before October. After all, there's a lot that goes into making salsa. First, the Garden and Science class plants the seeds for vegetables like onions, tomatoes and a variety of peppers. For weeks the seeds are nurtured until they sprout into plants that are then transferred to the accessible outdoor garden. At this stage, clients take tremendous care to make sure each plant thrives. Care that is rewarded with an abundance of fresh produce! After the harvest, supplies are sent off to the kitchen class where clients dice tomatoes, chop onions and add spices to create... SALSA!

So, when salsa day finally comes around, our staff - with money in hand - heads over to the ADS department to buy the only-once-a-year salsa! There really is an energy in the air about it, it's that good. To put it another way: it's a day you don't want to forget to bring tortilla chips.

While salsa day certainly makes everyone happy, it's a great reminder of all the hard work and the diversity that classes in Adult Day Services provide. Just this one project flowed through multiple classes, and involved lots of clients, all who bring different skills and ideas, but worked together for one final result.

The Adult Day Services program offers a variety of classesfor clients to work on skill building while having fun. Classes like karate, newsletter, Pinterest, brain games and ceramics provide clients the opportunity to work on goals unique to them and socialize with their peers. It's a chance for each client's personality to shine through. And when all of these elements are combined together in a class, the result is something pretty amazing.

Kind of like our salsa.   

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Make A Difference Day @ CP

Sept. 27, 2021 8:11 am

 CP had a pretty memorable day last week. Our Green Bay location was bustling with activity for our first ever Make a Difference Day. Friends from Festival Foods, Associated Bank and United Health spent part of their work day learning about CP, participating in an interactive tour of the building, meeting and chatting with clients, including their tour guide, Dale, and enjoyed a food truck lunch.

The day gave CP an opportunity to show some of our closest partners how they make a difference to CP through their time and resources. It was a chance to get them onsite and see, firsthand, how their support moves in waves throughout the agency and effects our clients every day.As we took people on tours, I noticed there were certain comments that kept repeating: "I didn't realize how big CP is," or "I didn't know you helped this many people," and "I didn't know you helped people with different conditions, not only cerebral palsy."

While we stated as a nonprofit serving those with cerebral palsy back in 1954, CP has grown its services to support what our community and families have needed from us. While we certainly provide services to those with cerebral palsy, we also help individuals with Down syndrome, spina bifida and autism, to name a few. Some clients have medically complex cases or very rare conditions, while others are undiagnosed. We help people who have had their conditions since birth as well as those who need our services because something changed in their lives like a traumatic brain injury, recovery from surgery or post stroke. No matter the diagnosis, condition or path taken to get here, on thing is true: CP is a reflection of amazing human spirit.    

What was so great about Make a Difference Day is that we were able to show our staff's expertise and the joy and determination our clients feel each day with our partners. I think everyone left that day with a better understanding of why their place of business supports CP. I hope they also left with a more personal connection as well; excited to share what they learned with co-workers, family and friends.

"You won't believe what I saw at CP today!"

While safety precautions over the pandemic kept our Make a Difference Day participants at a safe distance, the impact was there. We are looking forward to making this an annual tradition at CP!

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CP Auction - Get Ready to Bid in Person!

Sept. 7, 2021 9:31 am

The CP Auction is coming up fast (where did the summer go?) and details are being put in place for what is sure to be an entertaining in-person event. We've been picking up some amazing auction items donated by community members and local businesses, we've booked the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band and food has been selected. Auction is a popular community event and we are excited to be back together for an evening of entertainment, friends and bidding!

Client art from past Auction events.

One of the highlights of Auction is the array of client artwork up for bid, displayed between amazing baskets filled with local goodies, weekend getaways and other unique items. In fact, I've been lucky enough to have made the winning bid on a few pieces of art that I proudly hang in my office.

It goes to show that while this is a fun night out, it also provides opportunity for CP to highlight the skill building that clients work on each day to be as independent as possible. It's a reminder of our mission.

While we continue to modify Auction to ensure the safety of all, the reason why we hold an auction remains the same - to help raise critical funds for CP. Funds that help so many people not only reach their goals, but surpass them by magnificent margins.

CP's goal is to help people live the lives they want, and with your support of events like the Auction, that is exactly what we are doing. Through every art class, speech therapy appointment, swim lesson and mobility class, clients leave each day feeling accomplished and are engaged with their peers.

You can be a part of it. You can play a role in a client's success simply by circling Friday, October 22 on your calendar and joining us for the CP Auction at the Johnsonville Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field. It promises to be a fun and inspirational night.

Be sure to purchase your tickets at the early bird rate soon - prices increase on October 8. You can also follow new developments and items that will be up for bid on our Facebook page.

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Getting Our Rocky On in September

Aug. 23, 2021 11:41 am

 In September, there is a Rockyvibe going on around CP. You know the iconic moment when Rocky runs up thestairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raises his arms triumphantly? It's kind of like that. You can almost hear the music...

Getting strong now.... Gonna fly now...

That's because September 1 is the start of the ForsiteBenefits MOVE Challenge. It's a company vs company step challenge where area businesses compete against each other for the most steps taken during the month. This is the third year that CP has been fortunate enough to be the charity partner of the challenge. 

The MOVE challenge is a great employee event as it's something that everyone can do on their own, or in small groups, but in the end, contributes to the success of the overall team. In a way, it's kind of like how we do things here at CP. Every client has individual goals to work on. From improving fine and gross motor skills and learning new life skills, to working on socialization and building strength and endurance.

Even though each client's goals are personal to them, we work as a team to help them find success. Whether it's with a therapist, a teacher, an instructor or being cheered on by their peers, we applaud everyone's accomplishments together; it's what celebrating all abilities is about at CP.   

So as 45+ Forsite Benefits MOVE Challenge teams give it their all to get their steps in during the month of September, know that CP's clients will be doing the same thing, every day, and cheering YOU on as well! Good luck to all of the participating teams!

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