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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

People With Disabilities from the Misercordia Heart of Mercy House, Are Invited to Watch as Staff At the Brookfield Zoo Give a 450 Pound Lion a Check Up

Sharing from, The Pet Tree House:

The Brookfield Zoo, located in Brookfield, IL, invited a few people over from the Misercordia Heart of Mercy House, a facility that helps people with mental and physical disabilities. On this day, they are learning about the lion and conservation.

Before they got comfortable shaking hands with the sleeping giant, they admit they were more than just a little nervous.

To read this heartwarming story, click here: People With Disabilities from the Misercordia Heart of Mercy House, Are Invited to Watch as Staff At the Brookfield Zoo Give a 450 Pound Lion a Check Up


Monday, March 30, 2015

RCM Annual Holiday Party: Save The Date - Friday, December 4, 2015

We are already looking forward to this year’s Holiday Party! Please come share Holiday joy with us on Friday, December 4, 2015, at:

Martin’s Crosswinds
7400 Greenway Ctr. Drive
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770

Enjoy some of the pictures from last years Holiday Party, December 5, 2014:

RCM of Washington, Inc. - Annual Holiday Party - Celebrating Community. Friday, December 7, 2012. Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave, N.E. Washington, DC 20002

Please enjoy the video of our 2012 Annual Holiday Party. The singer in the background singing "This Christmas" is Lawrence Hilliard, Jr., the nephew of one of our long time client's, Robert S. Whiteing, who went to be with the Lord, in March of 2012. 

The video is a little dark. The room lighting was causing problems, and the lights were dimmed during the dancing.

A great time was had by all…hope to see you this year! FOLLOW US!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Welcome to RCM of Washington, Inc. (Revitalizing Community Membership): Promoting Opportunities for Helping People with Intellectual Disabilities Build Relationships, and Integrate Into the Community

Welcome to RCM of Washington's Blog: RCM - Revitalizing Community Membership: Empowering Independence. Our blog is designed to keep you updated with the many activities, programs and events that we offer.

About Us:

For 17 years, RCM's promise for each person we support is to provide a positive pathway toward empowering independence, with an emphasis on community.

RCM of Washington has provided services and supports in the District of Columbia since 1998 to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities with a positive pathway toward Revitalizing Community Membership empowering independence and integration to their community.

Our Mission:

Our unique approach provides those we support with the critical services they need to set attainable goals and develop action plans toward maintaining stable, safe and affordable housing, gaining sustainable employment and living the lives they want, within their community.

Meet Our Board Of Directors:

Amy L. Brooks 
Chief Executive Officer

Amy is the Founder and CEO of RCM. She has an extensive background in Healthcare Administration. Amy enjoys empowering people to live their lives to the fullest and is most interested in being an active advocate for self-advocacy. 

Amy sits on many boards around the city including, ANCOR, Shared Horizons, APSE, and The DC Coalition. 

Amy’s other passions in life are taking care of animals, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Danielle M. Darby
Chief Operating Officer

Danielle is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is the COO at RCM. She began her career as a DSP in 1996 and quickly realized her passion for working with people with intellectual disabilities. 

Danielle has helped RCM grow and provides a wide variety of services for the organization. She formally served as the President for The DC Coalition of Disability Service Providers and is a current board member. She is also a member of the DDS Advisory Committee and the Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC).

Susan C. Brooks 
Operations Manager

Susan is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is the Operations Manager at RCM. Growing up with a sister who had Cerebral Palsy, she found her passion for people with disabilities early in life. 

Originally from Ohio, Susan is a recent transplant to DC and is enjoying exploring different neighborhoods, restaurants, and all that DC has to offer. 

Carl W. Heinlein

Sr. Safety Consultant
American Contractors Insurance Group, Inc
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mr. Heinlein holds a Master's Degree in Safety & Environmental Management from West Virginia University and the ARM, CSP, CSHM, CPEA, CRIS and OHST safety and risk management certifications and designations. 

Mr. Heinlein is a member of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector. He also sits on the editorial advisory board for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Today Magazine.

He is the current Chair of the West Virginia University's Safety and Environmental Management Graduate Program Visiting Committee.  Mr. Heinlein has recently been appointed as the President of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Mr. Heinlein is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Associated General Contractors of America, and the National Safety Council.

Christine Shaw 
Retired Public School Educator

Christine "Kisne" Shaw is retired from over 35 years in public education. She holds Masters Degrees in Education Administration and Reading Specialist, serving in positions as a classroom teacher from grades K-12, Reading Specialist,  Title I Teacher Leader, School Principal, and District Administrator of Federal Programs, directing academic intervention programs for high-poverty schools, School Improvement programs, and Title I Neglected and Delinquent programs in residential facilities for youth. She is a partner in an educational consulting business, Assessment Solutions, LLC, working to establish high-quality, universal pre-k education.

Temoer Terry 
Insurance Industry / Entrepreneur

Temoer Terry is a serial entrepreneur and former NCAA Div-1 Wrestling All-American.  He started in the insurance business 15yrs ago and currently services  numerous clients and is also a partner in two other businesses in the Logistics and Import/Export industries.  

Temoer resides in Virginia Beach, VA with his wife, Paula, and enjoys traveling and coaching wrestling.

Guiding Principles:

At RCM, we believe that this kind of every-day normal is attainable for every person we support. But it takes creativity and thinking beyond the “blue prints” that we as social service providers have considered standard.

DIVERSITY is honored and celebrated, with the realization that each person is unique, and that “normal” is a subjective word;

LIFELONG LEARNING is respected and fostered in our staff and in the people we support, as we build knowledge and relationships based on reciprocal teaching and learning;

CREATIVITY is encouraged in thinking and in taking chances and risks—sometimes “failing fast”—to achieve positive outcomes cases “use” is a better choice than “utilize.”

ADVOCACY is utilized to empower the persons we support to achieve their desires;

A SENSE OF FAMILY AND BELONGING permeates the relationships among the staff of RCM and with and among the persons we support; 

MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION is realized, as all persons receive individualized supports to become valued members of their community. 

Community Advocacy:

RCM is a leader in District advocacy efforts for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. We are active partners with our government agencies (www.dds.dc.gov) (www.dhcf.dc.gov) in policy development, demonstration projects and system reforms. We actively partner with George Washington University and their Hospital, Georgetown University, member of the Department of Disability Services (DDS) Advisory Board, the Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC), APSE, the DC Coalition of Disabilities Service Providers Board of Directors and a nationally the ANCOR Board of Representatives. 

RCM actively supports the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and DC Project Action a self-advocacy organization. RCM works with self-advocates who provide training, legislative support and community education.

We regularly hold events where we honor self-advocates, and advocates from RCM for the empowerment they have provided towards inclusion and becoming community stakeholders.

Our Community Partners:

Bread For The City

Providing Food, Clothing, Medical Services, Legal Services, Social Services and Advocacy

ANCOR – American Network of Community Options and Resources

National, non-profit representing community providers of services to people with disabilities.

The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Houses the DC Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and ISCOPES

DC Coalition of Disability Service Providers

Professional Organization advocating for the most promising practices for local residents with disabilities.

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities

Independent, nonprofit supporting children and adults with disabilities

Martha’s Table

Non-profit working to break the cycle of poverty in the District.

Contact Us:

RCM of Washington, Inc.
900 2nd Street, NE, Suite 8
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: +1 202-789-1930
FAX: +1 202-789-1061
E-mail: info@rcmofwashington.com
Website: RCM of Washington, Inc.

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Special Olympics Invites You To Carry The Torch

From May 26 to July 10, 2015, you can take part in the Unified Relay Across America presented by Bank of America, an event that will unify the nation as it delivers the Flame of Hope to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games.

For more information, click here: Carry The Torch


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Laura L. Nuss, Director of the D.C. Department on Disability Services: One of Nine State Leaders Selected for the 2015 Employment First State Ambassadors Network

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Laura L. Nuss
Laura L. Nuss, Director of the D.C. Department on Disability Services, is one of nine state leaders selected for the 2015 Employment First State Ambassadors Network, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The Network highlights exemplary leadership among local and state officials who are pushing high-impact systems-change efforts to promote Employment First principles in their state or local communities.

Employment First is a critical program of the State Department designed to increase employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Under Nuss’ leadership, the Department on Disability Services, and its partners, has established the District as a leader in the Employment First initiative. Said Nuss, “Too often, people without disabilities underestimate the skills and the talents of people with disabilities. There is dignity in all work and so much untapped ability in the people with disabilities. It is our responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities have access to every possible opportunity to pursue their aspirations and dreams, and others will soon learn that our success will in turn have a significant impact on society and our city.”

The District of Columbia labor force data indicates that there are 425,152 working age residents. Of those of working age (18-64) 37,770 are estimated to have a disability, which represents 8.9% of the District’s working age population. To learn more about Employment First, click HERE FOLLOW US!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Celebrating Disability Awareness Month

Another great event celebrating Disability Awareness Month. There were many special guests including our excellent MC Vander Cherry, the Art and Drama Choir, Deputy Major Brenda Donald, and Councilmember Yvette Alexander!


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